First things first: We love Marie Kondo just as much as the next person. Her books, Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, are illustrated bibles for the type A personality—veritable godsends that promise to banish clutter from our lives forever. So, we committed (and recommitted) to KonMari’ing our home on many occasions and spent hours fantasizing the kind of minimal haven it will be once we’re done—images of a bed with nothing stored underneath and a closet that’s not bursting at the seams danced through our heads. But, here’s the truth: We haven’t gotten around to it… yet. The book has just been sitting on our shelf—menacing us with a looming to-do list that looks too scary to tackle.
Author Jennifer McCartney identified with our pain and recently came out with a book of her own. The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place hit shelves last month as a polite, hilarious rebuttal that extolled the art of being a slob. While we were tempted to cross over to McCartney’s dark side (we do already believe that messy people are smarter, after all), we decided that there had to be a middle ground. So, for all of you who are caught between a neat freak lifestyle and a sloppy situation, we dreamed up the perfect happy medium.
Keep It Clean
Who do you side with when decluttering is concerned? Are you more of a KonMari adept or a glorified slob?