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.