Some of you may have noticed that Marie Kondo is all over the place right now. Her show Tidying Up was released on Netflix in January. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a fun watch. People have really connected with her method and, I think, the people they tidied with on the show, making it incredibly popular.
The first episode was a family of four – a married couple and their 2 toddlers. I totally connected with them, especially the mom and the overwhelm that you can feel trying to take care of 2 little kids that are very close in age. Even though we’ve tidied our home and everything (or just about everything) has it’s own place, it can seem like there’s always something that needs to be done, whether it’s laundry, dishes, making meals or putting stuff away. So I could definitely relate to her and what she was going through.
And even after tidying, there’s still going to be a mess! It’s just the reality of living with little people! Marie gives her the advice of taking things a little more lightly, and that’s helpful, though not always so easy. It’s not so easy when you step on the zillionth –insert painful toy of choice here — while you’re walking with a hot pan in the kitchen.
Tidying our house before the kids were big enough to roam around was definitely a life-saver. It helped us to baby-proof, and also helped to make putting things away so much easier. We know where everything goes, and while it might not go in its spot right away, it has a place, making it easier once there’s time to put it back.
It’s also been great because the kids are seeing how to organize and care for their things right from the beginning. My little guy very often asks me to show him how to fold his clothes, and he tries! It’s adorable and shows me that he wants to care for his things perhaps because he’s seen us do it. I’m hoping it’ll rub off on our little lady who only seems interested in pulling everything out of the drawers and rummaging through it on the floor. It’s a good thing I like to fold!
With that, if you haven’t seen the show, check it out! And if you need some help tidying up, I’d be happy to help you out with the method! Contact me to find out more.