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Breann Bowman

Hey guys! It's me, Breann, remember me? No? I don't blame you. I've been pretty absent as of late. The last few months have consisted of new jobs, lots of life changes, and basically me just not putting in a lot of effort or work to this website. As the new fall season approaches, I find myself itching with new ideas and with a new desire to share more here on Things We Fancy. A few weeks ago Ben and I toured the east coast for 10 days. Maybe it's the energy from cities like NYC and Washington DC that have left me feeling inspired. Either way, I'm here now, and I have so much to share. 

A couple of months ago, I gave myself a challenge to always have a book in my bag. Part of it is because I love to read and want to make more time for it. The other part is to keep myself away from  huge time wasters - like creeping all over the Kardashian's Instagram feeds. Since this challenge began, I've discovered so many wonderful novels, biographies, and short stories that I truly love. At least once a month, I will be sharing these publications with you. I'm really excited to share what I've found and hear your feedback. Today I want to share a book that has recently gained a lot of attention. It has even started to grace the bookshelves of Anthropologie - so you know it's good. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a total game changer!

Earlier this year I was going through a particularly hard time. I was working two jobs and felt extremely burned out. My dear friend Lauren Kelp called me up one day and patiently listened as I cried about being tired and overworked. At one point I told her that I didn't even have time to clean my house - which was only adding to my stress. After empathizing with my situation, Lauren recommended I read the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. I feigned interest in the book and downloaded it on my phone, pretty convinced that I'd never read a book about cleaning. 

A few short weeks later I was able to quit one of my jobs and resume a normal schedule. Hallelujah! With plenty of spare time on my hands I started to clean up the house, but was a bit stuck on the organizing. It seemed everything I worked to put away would be out and in a mess again just a few days later. I remembered Lauren's suggestion and began reading. The big idea behind this book is as simple as it is profound, and that is : don't have anything in your home that doesn't spark joy. 

Whether you have a decently clean house or struggle weekly to keep the clutter away, it seems we all at some point dedicate a few weekends a year to purge and deep clean. I've spent entirely too much of my limited spare time re-orgainzing my pantry and struggling to have a tidy bedroom. Two days after reading "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" (that's right, just two days!) I had my house perfectly clean and organized. I discarded items that I no longer cared for or used, and using Marie Kondo's KonMari Method, was able to find the proper place for each of my belongings. Sure there are days when I'm not home for a while and cleaning falls by the wayside. However because of the KonMari Method, it never takes me longer than 10-15 minutes to tidy up and get everything spick and span again! Like I mentioned, GAME CHANGER!

I'm so grateful to "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" for helping me get my crap together, and to Lauren for always having the best suggestions. You can get a digital copy of the book here, and a hard copy here. Good luck and happy tidying!

Photos by: Myself and Constance Higley

Location: Cafe Minerva, NYC (West Village) - order the Eggs Benedict or French Toast!