By Tamara Scott Crowley

What is one of the quickest way to raise your consciousness? Clear your clutter!

I am not talking about just shoving that stack of papers and documents into a drawer or filing cabinet – and throwing the pile of clothes that don’t fit at the moment into the bottom of the closet.  This is about “tidying” your entire house using techniques developed by Marie Kondo.

This Japanese dynamo has inspired me to attempt her “KonMari” method of decluttering….and I am about a third of the way through the process.   It is about consciously determining whether every item in your home “sparks joy” and then finding a permanent place for it in your house.  I am posting some photos of my progress to date, and will elaborate more on the process and my fascinating  “ah-ha” moments as I go through this journey in my upcoming book, Prepare For Contact.

Step 1:  Closets & Drawers – COMPLETED







Step 2:  Books – COMPLETED

Books are my passion, so there were a lot of tomes that “sparked joy.” I was able to part with quite a few that I donated to our ‘little libraries’ that are sprinkled throughout our neighborhood.

Step 3:  Paper – COMPLETED

This process consumed most of a Saturday and part of a Sunday.  I had a two-drawer filing cabinet filled with file folders that were crammed with old resumes, my grades from college and other useless keepsakes, and tons of paid bills from years ago. I shredded everything that had important data on it and filled 1 1/2 outdoor trash bags.  This is in addition to the two outdoor trash bags that were full of papers, folders, and non-sensitive items that went into the recycling bin.

For more information on Tidying, check out Marie Kondo at or watch her “Tidying Up” series on Netflix.


Do you have any personal tidying anecdotes or stories you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.