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.

Up For a Challenge?

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Forget No Spend Month….it ends up being a challenge of “how much did I spend?” Month instead of a true No Spend. Truthfully, I love getting packages in the mail and to my dismay, I recently found Blitzy (don’t go there, or you’ll call me an enabler!)

I decided to shop at this awesome place called My Stash…it’s literally seconds from my desk…yep, it’s Use What Ya Got Month here at the Keep. I honestly have enough stickers, washi tape, stamps, and pens to supply at small nation (ok, a very small nation). Each day of August I will be posting a photo of a planner page or item I made using the items I already own. Caveat: I am still getting my Happie Scrappie & Cocoa Daisy items but they will not be included into my stash until September.

This is how you will know if I used what I own, it will have this convenient hashtag in the description #usewhatyougotaugust2015

You may also want to check out the YouTube from Raven Ink on the Suffocation of Stuff http://youtu.be/6bCNvMh4xMU

Search for @dragonflykeep on Instagram, it will link you up to my photo stream.

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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!

ThRifTy DaZe

This past weeks declutter turned out pretty good. I only had less than 1 pound of trash to take out after I was done going through the shoe rack, closet and dresser. There are currently four bags of  donations waiting to take to a local thrift shop! After my last bit of donations from the kitchen challenge, I decided to list out and give a value to the items I am giving away.  Also, I am learning to take my items to a store I don’t visit very often. It’s a hoot when I am visiting GW and see something I gave to the store!

I am using Salvation Army’s on line list of donated good values. My total value for donated items from this weekend is $114.84

There was a 50% off day at GW this past weekend. I didn’t go but instead started a project list of items that either need to be cleaned, painted or re-purposed. It is my goal to show you the things I do with all my thrifty finds. May end up as Thrifty Daze Thursday!

I also ended up re-purposing a vintage frame to store my earrings. I now have a place for my earrings and it adds a bit of charm to my dresser. I used left over shelf liner from the Kitchen ReDesign and taped down the sides to the glass. I inserted it back into the vintage frame and set it on the dresser.  I think it works very nicely with the rest of my decor.

I apologize in advanced for the poor quality of the photos. I am a noob to this!

{Vintage Frame Earring Holder}

 

au revoir!