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!
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!!
I drank the kool-aid friends. I finally caught up with the KonMari craze that swept the nation about three years ago. If you have been hiding under your clutter and don’t know what I’m talking about – well, let me ‘esplain,
Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up hit book shelves in 2014. Heck, she even has an app for that. The book is described (per her website) as a “best selling guide to decluttering your home.” I’m in.
Emphasis though is on tidying up – in categories. The first being Clothing, then Books, followed by Paper, then Komono (miscellaneous areas like the kitchen pantry) and lastly, sentimental items. Marie recommends to gather all similar belongings – dump it ALL on the floor and start purging.
Marie also recommends going through the categories in a rather rapid pace. Umm, yea, that is just not going to happen for me. I adapted her process by spending no more than an hour of my weekend on an item in a category. For instance, under Clothing there are tops; bottoms; dresses; outerwear; socks; so forth. And I didn’t go the floor thing, I was worried I would not be able to get back up.
I had purged a majority of my clothing the previous year using an approach of having 44 items in my closet so working on the clothing was not a long process. I did, however, have an over abundance of socks.
In July I am tackling books. They are everywhere, bookcases, floor, dresser, side table…oy! This could prove to be interesting.