I started writing about this in the saving money thread, since more and more I am realizing how intertwined organizing/decluttering is with saving, getting out of debt, etc. Then I decided to create a thread specifically for my new book: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White. She has a blog and FB page called A Slob Comes Clean, haha. I was starting to realize that Marie Kondo's approach to organizing doesn't really resonate for me, and when I flipped through this book it immediately did. I haven't even read that much of it and she already inspired me to spend about 3 hours on Saturday cleaning my bathroom, doing dishes, cleaning out my fridge and freezer, taking out trash and recycling, etc. (when I wasn't even feeling well and wanted to laze about all day). That felt GREAT.
One reason I think money/savings and organizing/decluttering are so connected is that I feel like the less clutter I have, the less stuff I'll want (and I'll stop buying stuff I already have). Her two declutter questions have nothing to do with sparking joy. They are 1) If I were looking for this item, where would I look for it first? (Put it there, not where it "belongs"). And then: 2) If I needed this item, would it ever occur to me that I already had one? If not, then toss it and just buy (or rent/borrow, I would add) a new one if/when you need it again. Kind of makes sense. She explains it more at length, of course. Anyway, I feel excited about this book, instead of intimidated, so that is a good thing!
I'll share more tips/progress as I read/organize!