beginning your tidying journey

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Why bother tidying? Especially if you have little ones?

Oh, let me tell you.

In the past year-and-a-half, my home has gone from a source of stress to a source of delight.

But perhaps even more so, I have greater clarity about myself.

After looking at each item in my home and deciding whether it “sparked joy” for me, I was able to get a clearer picture of my heart.

If you haven’t yet read the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, you’re missing out.  12k+ reviews and 4.5 stars can’t be that bad, right?

Tidying by Category

In her book, Marie Kondo recommends tidying our homes by category, rather than by room.  This allows us to easily identify duplicate items we may have amassed over the past few months (or years).

For example, a friend of mine found eight bottles of Windex in various places around her home.  Probably a little overkill?


I followed the Konmari method in my own home, and tidied using the following categories:

  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Komono (Miscellany)

My Vision

Before I started my journey toward a home that was intentional and delightful, I had to first decide what that looked like for me.  I needed a vision.

My home felt chaotic.  stressful.  unpleasant.

Here’s a quick glimpse to get an idea.  Clearly, my daughter wasn’t opposed to the clutter.

My cortisol levels just spiked. (btw… WHY do we think we need so much baby gear?!)

Instead of this, I wanted something light, airy, and somewhat minimalistic. Clean.

Fast-forward almost two years later, and this is where we’re at.

While I focused so much on “decorating” the nursery of my first child, I really wanted to pare down and simplify with my second child.

His nursery here is so pleasant to me.  (Note: His dresser/changing table was in the closet at the time.  I’ve since pulled it out, and love the nursery even more.)



Somewhat minimalistic.


(Cue choir of angels!)

What is your vision for your home?  

Let me know below.  I’d love to chat with you about it!


Hello!  I’m Christi.  I’d love to meet you in the comments below.  🙂

About Me

Instead of planning my wedding, I was the kid who drew plans for my future home (complete with furniture arrangement and decor).  I preferred Pier 1 over the beach, and was known to rearrange (and maybe re-paint) my room every few months.  My heart has always been in the home, and I’ve always had a passion for creating spaces that are beautiful and peaceful.

In 2013, my husband and I bought our first house (we live in San Diego, CA).  I was busy working at the time, and got pregnant soon after we moved in, so it wasn’t until about a year after our daughter was born that I was able to shift my attention to our home — which was a mess.

Fast-forward two years later and I am positively delighted in our home.  My hope is to share the lessons I’ve learned along the way with others who might be in the same boat.

I owe much of my inspiration to having read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  Marie Kondo’s methods  — tidying by category (in “one fell swoop”), discarding before organizing, and keeping only items that “spark joy” — have helped me to uncover my own unique style and re-discover my passion for home.