Sentimental Feelings

Kon Mari Method - Sentimental

 

Well, I did it. I finished out 2017 with a last dive into the world of KonMari. The last category is that of Sentimental items. The toughest is actually saved for last. It is not only the toughest but I find the most rewarding. By the time you get to this part of the journey, you are ready. To let go of the garage full of antiques from great-grandmother whose Baroque furniture style doesn’t really fit with your post-modern style home. Or the prom dress from thirty plus years ago.  While these items may hold incredible meaning and value to us. They are not in use, hanging out, collecting dust and taking up valuable space.

My father’s watch means so much more to me than the prom dress hanging in my closet that my ass will NEVER fit into again. Your Grandmothers furniture could be use to fund for a trip to the city of her birth – a bit more rewarding than a garage full of furniture. Don’t you think?

I will have to say that delving into this de-cluttering phase was probably to single more rewarding thing I did for myself in 2017.  I really enjoyed this process and what it opened up for me. I love that my items all have a specific home and it takes just minutes to “clean” my bathroom than actually hours. My clothes are kept in check by maintaining a forty-four piece capsule. Books are now less frequently purchase and only if my library doesn’t have the book to lend.

This is not say that the process fixed all my clutter problems. I still have a hard time limiting what I bring into the house. I don’t always ask myself “does it bring me joy?” I whole heartedly admit that another run through of my planner supplies will be happening in the next couple of months. Along with taking care of my balcony patio as I don’t have a garage full of furniture.

It has been quite an eye-opening journey for me.

 

 

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!!

 

Kon Mari

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.

lissy