Three Benefits Of Removing Clutter

Achieving Less with Less

I adore Mari Kondo. If I were to actually get a chance to meet her, I would give her a huge, huge hug! It’s no lie that this experience has given me a sense of determination and a whole lot of freedom. Clearing my clutter has improved my ability to manage my space without going bonkers, improved the way I utilize what I have and created a lovely, livable space for this chronic dragonfly.

Less is, indeed, less

This past month, I completed the Komono portion of the KonMari method. It took less than a half hour to complete as I rarely need a hammer, screw driver or a yard stick. I did however remove all the duplicates of items and “poof” I was done. What I have found with using her method is once you get started, you begin removing items as you go along. By the time I arrived at this category, I was practically done. Thus arriving to a wonderful first benefit of having less. Less to maintain. Less to clean. Less to store. Amazing to come to this point in my journey.

Less to manage

Another benefit has been that I now, of course, less to manage. GOAL! Yep, goal achieved!. This is what I wanted in the first place. As I walk along this path of chronic life, I don’t want the weight of having to too many things bring me down. It has been an incredible trade-off to be able to spend more time reading and less time cleaning. With less to manage, I gain time to paint, time to craft and time with family. Wowzers! What a concept! Right?

A Girl Needs Her Space

This leads me to the final benefit I have created for myself. Space. It’s not just a final frontier. As I have moved along Marie’s road map, I have created spaces for all my things. Cleaning supplies, planners, washi tape, make up, toiletries, and clothes all have a designated space. But here’s the thing, I need less containers to keep them in. I just loaded my car with all the various boxes and baskets that stored all my “supplies”. What a joy it has been to have arrived to this point.

The next challenge will be the last point in Marie’s book, which is the Sentimental Items.

Next month, I will wrap up my KonMari journey and have a bit of a re-cap and what is in store for the new year.

 

later, lissy.

Clearing My Crap from the Bathroom

Photo courtesy of kaboompics

Can some one please explain as to why I had twenty-one black eyeliners, none of which were liquid? Yes, TWENTY-ONE eyeliners, all black. Oy!

This past month, in the komono portion of KonMari, was in the toilet. Ha! I thought I actually had this one under control but I was wrong. Once I gathered all my makeup, hair products, samples and twenty-one black eyeliners…I had quite a bit to go through.

Old make-up was tossed. Samples half used were tossed. Hair products I never use were given away. And when it came to the eyeliner, I culled it down to my top five favorites.

I also had to stop and think about the monthly subscription I have for makeup. I will be cancelling that come the new year as it just adds to the clutter. I have access to makeup and brushes galore. I have enough.

Next month we are on track for a smaller grouping of items – my toolbox and cleaning supplies.  I’m pretty sure that this will be a quick go though…once I unearth the tool box. In the mix, I am throwing in the patio as there will be a bulk trash pick up in November.  I can feel a purge coming!

 

Paper, Paper Everywhere

I have officially left the first three stages of The Kon Mari Method, ending August on a high note. Last month I got rid of my most favorite things – paper. Well, I got rid of old used bank registers, club cards, past six years of insurance policies and every single receipt that didn’t have a tax purpose. Buh bye! My file cabinet now has only about a half dozen files hanging out. All the old, used a billion times folders are off to the recyclers and a myriad of old personal papers – shredded.

Throw that confetti in the air – like you just don’t care!

Now onto Komono, which I consider the bulk of the Kon Mari Method. I broke mine down into 1) Hobby/Office, 2) Bathroom/Linen Closet, 3) Tools and 4) Sentimental/Christmas. Depending upon your current situation – Komono can be whatever obstacle of clutter you want to attack. Be it the spare bedroom or the kitchen. By the time you have reached these areas however, your obstacle may look a bit thin. With her method, you would have already pulled out the clothes, books and papers from these areas. That overwhelming spare bedroom is getting closer and closer to being your sewing room! Or craft room. She den.  How incredibly awesome is that?

I’m a starting to see areas of my living space getting light and fluffy instead of bulked down with the weight of Stuff. My once colossal mountain of washi tape is now a small mound of quality and manageable quantity. So delightful!

This coming month I will tackling the office supplies and my hobby materials. Envelopes, binders, folders, calendars, planners, and stickers (oh my). Whoever is getting my donations must be beside themselves!

Book Lovers Day

I am still plodding along on my rather slow adaptation of Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This past month I took seven printer paper sized boxes to the thrift store for the Books portion of my journey.

WAIT? But, boosks! Yes, I know! But, when I look at it…just how many books on Yorkshire Terriers does one need?  I had five…d’oh!

I am now getting to the point that I can see just how refreshing it is to add clear space and remove the dust. I am very pleased with the results of this past months goal.  Unto the Paper portion of the purge!!

 

MaDe In THe USA!

source: google image

 

August has two challenges for me!! First is re-designing the patio and outdoor storage area. With the haboobs and monsoons this summer, the patio is looking pretty dingy. Not to mention, over run with spiders {this is where I am going to test out the pin I found getting rid the earth octopuses!} Plus, I hastily stored items from my anachronistic days and they need to be stored correctly with cedar blocks and such. Don’t want to lose such beautiful clothes to nasty ass bugs!

Have you heard about the Made In America Series on ABC World News?? {Click here} It shows us how it is possible to purchase items made here in our country! Showcasing companies and individuals who supply everything to clothing and furniture. ABC’s link also shows an interactive map of where to purchase many items used in our homes. So, I am pledging to purchase only items made in the USA this month – August 1st to September 1st –

Rules are simple and apply to new purchases (i.e. food, clothing) and thrift shop finds. I will post pictures at the end of the challenge to show you what I found.

Hope you join me in supporting our country and our economy by purchasing items made only in USA!
bye bye

8/5/2012 – I decided that since the object of thrift shops is to benefit local charities, the rule of buying foreign does not apply. But strongly encouraged – lyssa

PiN CuRls & GyPsiES

After spending a part of my evening watching a re-run of Design Star season finale and an episode of Junk Gypsies I had yet to see, I felt inspired…to take a shower!

I do my best plotting, er, planning in the shower! Once my pin curls were set I was off to organize my craft closet! I had two main goals for this particular purge. One was to have an area to store the winter blankets and to store my laundry basket.

As you can see from the before picture, it was stuffed full. I purged, a lot. By the end of it I had 5 pounds worth of trash, one full paper recycling bin, and 5 bags for donations. I cleared out old paperwork from my past hobby, projects that I haven’t touched since 2007 and was left with a pretty, clean closet!

This was the only goal for July…it’s too hot to do anything outside!!

au revoir!

BeTTer laTe

THAN NEVER!!! I know, I’m a bad blogger! I have not posted in a couple of weeks!!!

I have been spending some quality time with my mom as she is now staying with me for a couple of months. My sister and her decided to move up to my neck of the woods in hope of a better job situation for my sister. I am loving every minute. I am feeling super blessed to have them so near again!

This month I am concentrating on one small area for my monthly re-design project. Craft closet! I am not even going to show a before picture, it’s horrid..seriously..ok, but it’s a mess!!

There are dozens of leftover projects, supplies for hobbies no longer being used, and scrapbooking paraphernalia galore! It just needs a good old fashioned cleaning, sorting, donation and trashing!

Check here to see some great craft room, supplies…you name it, I probably pinned it!

au revoir!

KeePinG ClEAn!

May is the just about half over and I have been working on the laundry area for the 2012 ReDesign Challenge.  I have pinned a few inspiration pics but here are the ones I like the most. The laundry area is about the size of a good closet with a full washer, dryer and houses the water heater.  I also store holiday wreaths and cleaning supplies in the space. I want a cohesive look, clean and clutter free.

Source: google.com via Alyssa on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Alyssa on Pinterest

 

 

Original sources should show for the pins, if not, they can be found here. Bhg.com    Roomenvy    decals

I am just about done with all the updates…keep posted!

au revoir!

ThrIfTer’S ToOl KiT

Have I told you lately that I love, love going thrifting?? So much so, the sales associates actually know me on sight!! Ha!! I love finding clothes and stuff for the house. And I happen to think I do a good at it. I mean, if I can get a BCBGMaxazria shirt for $1, then I gotta be doing something right! With so many finds coming the house I have come up with a tool box kit that I think every thrifter should have on hand. God bless the thrift stores but do they really have to put the price tags in the worse spots?? Here is what I keep in my kit.

  • Small plastic scraper like this one ~ this comes in handy with the second item. Removes the tags and residue
  • Goo Gone ~ every thrifter needs this.
  • a good non-abrasive cleaner. Some things need a bit of cleaning
  • Cleaning clothes (or paper towels)
  • screw driver
  • small hammer
  • painters tape
  • Scissors
  • various cans of spray paint

It’s good the have these items in hand for the home in general but I certainly find it handy to have for the things I bring home.

Ummmm….so April has passed but that doesn’t mean I totally forgot about my 2012 Re-Design Project!! April was all about the bathroom. I will let the photos do the talkin.

Au revoir!