I’ve nearly finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, and I know some people might be skeptical about the book or think it’s nothing but hokum as Sheldon Cooper would say, but this book has transformed how I view stuff.
I am a rebel though, and I didn’t follow directions and start by tidying up clothing like she suggests. Personally, I do not feel I have a major clothing problem, but I do (or did) feel that I had a huge home decor and craft accessories problem. The solution wasn’t to buy more storage bins (which is my usual solution). Having so much stuff was truly stressing me out. Clutter was everywhere I looked.
I had nearly every dining room cabinet, hall closet, guest room closet and foyer closet filled with random decor items, pillows, mirrors, frames, wreaths, gift wrap, tissue paper, curtains, vases…SO MUCH STUFF.
We had a garage sale in summer 2015 and I thought I had gotten rid of plenty of stuff, but I was so wrong.
I had to enlist Daniel’s help with this because I was overwhelmed once I took out all of our decor items and gathered them in one place, which is a pivotal part of the KonMari Method. Don’t go room by room– drag that junk out all into one place and really look at all you have. It’s eye opening!
I forgot to grab a photo of the decor gathered all in one place, but I remember feeling two things during that moment of seeing it all together in one place: one was how much money I waste on stuff and two was how much of it I bought because I was bored or sad. I probably could have gone on a mini-vacation with that money.
This is a huge conundrum for me because as a home decor/DIY/design blogger, I need stuff to fill my shelves and such for home tours/posts, but I do need to be more selective about what I buy. Quality over quantity, less trendy, more timeless, larger statement pieces, less knick knacks, more books.
After two days of tidying, here’s what I consolidated all my decor down to in the dining room:
Breakables/vases/lanterns are now all in this one lower cabinet for easy access. Assigning a spot/place for items is one of the keystones of the KonMari Method, which is great so as to not end up right back where you started.
Smaller accents and candle holders are in here:
I ended up with six large bags of TRASH.
And about 14+ boxes and large bags full of throw pillows to donate to a local church’s upcoming rummage sale. As you can see, my husband started on his clothing. I’ll tackle mine next. I also put any DVD’s, books, electronics into Amazon’s Trade-In program and I’ll be getting back about $50. Not too shabby.
In the hall closet, I have all my throw pillow covers in the blue bin towards the top, picture frames in the one in the bottom, and gift wrap supplies next to that. The top shelf of the closet (which you can’t see) has eight high quality throw pillows inserts. The floral bin has extra toiletries that we consolidated from both bathrooms.
Once I really looked at each item and asked if it “sparked joy” it was a semi-easy process. My most challenging home decor category was lamps. I have a lot of them, and I honestly don’t know how I feel about them. I don’t feel a spark of joy, but I can’t bear to get rid of them. I also have some metal orbs that I am convinced I could use for something…but haven’t in the nearly two years I’ve had them.
That’s my progress so far this month with home decor and craft supplies. I gained tons of extra closet space, shelves, drawers and cabinets. They’ll sit empty for a long while. I feel by losing all that excess stuff I have gained a slice of peaceful paradise.
On deck for February’s KonMari Method is CLOTHING (check out this great overview at Goop). I have a few bins of my “skinny” clothes that I think I am going to finally let go. They’re from the mid 2000’s, so they’re not very fashionable anymore. This doesn’t mean I am giving up my healthy weight goals, it just means I’m giving up extra clothing. And when I get back to my “skinny” weight, I’ll have the thrill of shopping for new clothes.
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