This last month of March consisted of St. Patricks day, the last snowfall (hopefully) and the start of the spring-cleaning season. Spring-cleaning is the most wonderful time of the year! I get to wear skirts, dresses, and shorts. I can get my bicycle out and leave my bedroom window open without freezing my butt off. Most importantly, I get to clean out the old and reinvent the new me, a.k.a. reorganizing my mind by going through my belongings. A clear space equals a clear mind.

At the beginning of 2016, I read a book called The Life-Changing Magic by Marie Kondo and found it to be the greatest book of all time. I learned how to fold clothes, go through files and papers, and keep it out of my life for a while. This is called the Konmari method, and it can be explained in two simple ways. First, grab everything you own and place it in the middle of the room. Second, go through the pile and decide whether the item sparks joy. It’s harder than it sounds, I promise!

Read, write, clean, repeat. The story of life!

I have done this method, and still continue to do this method, because there is something about a fresh, clean, well-organized closet that brings happiness and peace to my mind. This feeling is compared to the rush I get when I do my homework, read, or watch YouTube. Cleaning is my therapy and organizing is my passion! I cannot live without it. While at St. Kate’s, I have found my passion to be the drive I need to study and be productive. Even if it’s only for a few seconds, I feel energized from either a slump or difficult assignment I might be working on.

You can get organized! These two books show you a style that I am obsessed with, and they are sold mostly everywhere.

This book should be on everybody’s reading list for either spring break or summer break. This book not only provides you step-by-step instruction to cleaning and organizing, it also teaches you to think about the joy in your own life. With everything going on, in school and in the world, all of us need to take some time to think about the joys in our lives. St. Kate’s students have a lot to be joyful about such as our beautiful campus and the amazing teachers that keep us moving forward in our degree goals.