How to Keep House While Drowning

Updated: Nov 9

An organizing book for everyone by KC Davis.

This is my kitchen right now. It's my first time having a kitchen remodeled, and I hope to heaven above it's my last time. My gratitude for the use of my kitchen sink and stove is beyond anything I could have imagined.


My husband and I plan to sell our house in 3-5 years and we're slowly doing updates so we can enjoy some of the changes and take our time. Since we love to cook and process the whole food we grow, we decided to redo the kitchen...


Somehow I missed the memo about how my life would be in turmoil for at least a month when we did this. I keep thinking WHY NOW? WHY did I do this? But really, is there ever a good time to have every item in the kitchen removed, put somewhere else and covered in dust?

I just have to say THANK YOU KC DAVIS for writing How to Keep House While drowning so I could distract myself as I gave myself tennis elbow as I prepped my cabinets for painting.


I loved it so much that as soon as it ended I listened to it again.

As a professional therapist, KC Davis helped me move past my perfectionist tendencies and think about sooo many things relating to cleaning and organizing. I could gush about this for days, but I'll spare you and just share some of her quotes...



The Therapy Version of the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

In a two week period, a client texted me about how much she was loving How to Keep House While Drowning, I heard an interview with the author, K.C. Davis, and I heard about it at least twice more.


When The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo came out it also suddenly seemed like everyone was talking about it. I ended up loving the philosophy so much I flew to New York by myself and trained with Marie Kondo.


Just before taking the final step in becoming an official KonMari Consultant (paying an annual fee), I decided not to. There were a few reasons, but the main one was that I felt her method was missing a huge mental and emotional component, which is why I'm now a mindset AND organizing coach.


How to Keep House While Drowning is full of the mental health and mindset components the KonMari craze was missing. Listening to it put into words so many things I've thought over my years as a professional organizer - I wish I'd written it! But K.C. has so many insights as a Mom and therapist with ADHD that this book is FAR beyond anything I could've written.


I love my KonMari'd house. I feel the process changed my life and that I'm truly a happier person because of it. I love the philosophy of surrounding ourselves with things that bring us joy and are useful...


But I've also done a LOT of mindset work to get to a place of loving my home. I've had to learn to love my Self more as well, and be less of a perfectionist. I've realized...


I'm not happier in my home because my socks are folded perfectly, I'm happier because I've decided:

1) messy does not equal bad

2) clearing and organizing are forms of self care

3) I don't need my house to look like a magazine, I need it to function and support my life and goals


Here are some quotes I love from the book:

“You do not have to earn the right to rest, connect, or recreate. Unlearn the idea that care tasks must be totally complete before you can sit down. Care tasks are a never-ending list, and if you wait until everything is done to rest, you will never rest.”
“No one ever shamed themselves into better mental health.”
“There are actually only 5 things in any room: (1) trash; (2) dishes; (3) laundry; (4) things that have a place and are not in their place; and (5) things that do not have a place.”
“It’s stressful to try to summon up 100% motivation sitting on the couch. Let yourself use 5% motivation to do 5% of the task. Maybe you keep going. Maybe you don’t. That’s ok. Anything worth doing is worth doing partially.”
“You do not have to earn the right to rest, connect, or recreate. Unlearn the idea that care tasks must be totally complete before you can sit down. Care tasks are a never-ending list, and if you wait until everything is done to rest, you will never rest.”
“If you go through your whole life thinking that every time you clean the fridge it has to be perfect, every time you take a shower it has to be perfect, every time you do a work project it has to be perfect, you will burn out and hate your life.”
“Forget about creating a routine. You have to focus on finding your rhythm.” With routines you are either on track or not. With rhythm you can skip a beat and still get back in the groove.”
“You deserve kindness and love regardless of how good you are at care tasks.”

I'd love to hear your thoughts about these quotes or, if you've read the book, what you think about it! I'm also here to help if you feel overwhelmed by clutter - please don't hesitate to reach out.


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XO,

Spring

SpringCourtright@TidyWild.com




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