My walk-in closet was clogged with items I purchased at the mall just because they were 40 percent off. But now that same closet is sparse. My home office is also orderly (for the first time in my adult life) with neatly organized folders containing the gazillions of tax documents that come with being a freelance writer.
Yes, I've been binge watching Marie Kondo's "Tidying up with Marie Kondo." (It's soothing!) But, no, it wasn't the show—or the KonMari method—that saved me from my messiness, clutter, and countless stop-and-start closet clean-ups. Instead it was a hiking trip I took through Japan with REI Adventures last spring that helped me finally get an organizing system in place.