Never believe it’s not so.
I’m a believer…in Marie Kondo’s “the life-changing magic of tidying up.” As a follow up to my blog from a few weeks ago, I’ve been delving into de-cluttering and organizing my own home following the KonMari method outlined in this book.
Tidying has to be done in an order (by category) and you must discard completely from each before beginning to put things away. The criterion for deciding what to keep is that you should feel a thrill of joy when you touch it. And so it all begins with “clothing” – further broken down into subcategories which I won’t elaborate on. You are supposed to put everything on the floor (but I put mine on the bed) and go through them one by one, touching each and every item.
For me, some things were a breeze to let go and others more difficult. Anything that wrinkled easily was discarded without a second thought because the only thing that would bring me less joy than wrinkles is ironing. 🙁 If I had owned something for a long time, I got rid of it. If I hadn’t worn it in a long time, away it went.
I started with a full closet (1 long rod and a shorter one), a 7 drawer dresser, plus a cabinet in my closet full of summer clothes and was able to comfortably fit everything in the closet and the dresser with room to spare. I would guess I have about 1/3 of the clothes that I originally started with. Even some things that had initially made the cut have since been removed.
Once you have discarded, the folding and organizing begins. Instead of piling clothes in drawers, she tells you how to fold them compactly and stand them up so that they take up less space and every piece is more visible and accessible.
After clothing comes books. This was a bit of a challenge for me since I’ve been saving all my home decor magazines for years. Even though I have hardly ever gone back to look at them again, it still hurts to throw them out so I’m trying to find a home for them to go to. Marie Kondo tells you to keep only those books that fall into your personal “Hall of Fame.”
“Kimono” is the next category. This would be all the miscellaneous items such as CDs, DVDs, makeup, accessories, household equipment, appliances, and other various items too numerous to mention.
“Papers” are the next chore. Her rule of thumb: discard everything. I cleaned out my filing cabinet and jammed the shredder so many times that I had a large bag of papers taken to the neighbour’s burn barrel to get rid of. I was inspired to get rid of my recipe collection. I went from two large 2″ binders, plus a recipe box, and several recipe books, to just a 1.5″ binder.
She recommends that you do all your tidying all at once but I was unable to do it in that manner, so it’s been a couple weeks of random jobs and I’m still plugging away at it. I really like the new look of my closets, cabinets, and drawers so far and I can feel the weight being lifted off as I proceed. I still have to tackle the sentimental items and photos, which are the most difficult task, but I’m determined to carry on. So far this is what I’ve collected to get rid of, minus the papers that went to the burn barrel and some garbage that went out in the last pick up.
I probably have less “things” than the average person might have, so imagine what this pile could be. I’m going to extend my January special until the 14th of February. The deal is: book me for 4 hours and get the 5th hour free, plus I will give you one of Marie Kondo’s books. It really is life-changing so contact me soonest to help get your home and life in order.