Have you ever heard of the Konmari Method? Not long ago, it sparked a decluttering movement around the world and the OCD lady that lives inside of me needed to try it. As much as I love organizing, I sometimes have a problem letting stuff go. I’m talking borderline hoarding status. Why? Because I am one of those “just in case” kind of gals. You know.. the ones that have things on hand for bizarre situations that are never going to happen, but have them “just in case”.
For example, (and I’m not even joking) I have this ugly Hawaiian shirt hanging in my closet from a luau party several years ago. I will probably never wear it again, but I am hanging on to it in the event that I need to wear it to another themed party in the future. No other luaus are on my social calendar, yet it still remains in my closet.
The Konmari Method is the Japanese art of organizing and decluttering. Author Marie Kondo walks you through it all in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Here’s what I have taken away from this helpful tidying tool:
- Sort and throw out by category, rather than room. You will be able to enjoy the completion of each individual category instead of potentially not finishing the entire room.
- Pick up each individual item and ask yourself what it means to you and if it truly brings you joy.
- Find a home for everything that you keep to avoid the clutter from reoccurring
I tried this approach on a few categories of clothing and I have found that the “just in case” person in me wanted to keep a lot more than I needed to. I would look at the item of clothing and say things like, “I could wear this again if I lost 20 pounds.” Or, “I paid a lot for this.” So I kept more than I should have. However, I still rid my closet of A LOT of clothes and shoes. With that being said, I have several other things that I want to clear out of our house.
The other day I realized that I had yet to find the time for some serious Spring cleaning around the house. Now that I have more time on my hands, I have come up with a list of 62 things (2 a day for 31 days)in which to apply the Konmari Method. The entire month of May is dedicated to decluttering the house as much as possible. The list includes big tasks such as the garage and smaller categories such as the sock drawer. Some days I plan to knock out multiple tasks, other items may be an entire weekend project.
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I hope you follow along as I challenge myself to cross 62 things off of my personal Konmari List (and get rid of that ugly Hawaiian shirt). I will check back on June 1 with the progress that I have made and what I did with it all!
Here’s my list:
Keri’s Car Jared’s Car Wallet
Shoes Sock Drawer Underwear Drawer Dresses Pajamas Pants Shirts Jackets & Sweatshirts Athletic Shorts Shorts Bras/Sports Bra Drawer
Computer Desktop Files Bathing Suits
- Jared’s Man Cave Closet
- Jared’s Man Cave Desk
Mail/Papers/Filing Folders Kitchen Pantry Make-Up Collection Downstairs Storage Closet Downstairs Coat Closet
- Holiday Decorations
- Master Bedroom Entertainment Center
Downstairs Entertainment Center Master Bathroom Cabinets Athletic Shirts Drawer Leggings Drawer Gym Leggings Drawer T-shirts Necklaces Earrings Bracelets Scarves Nail Polish Kitchen Junk Drawer Refrigerator Freezer Upstairs Linen Closet Dog Toy Basket Hair Products Face/Skin Care Products Belts Craft Supplies Gift Wrapping Supplies Medicine Cabinet Work Files & Work Bag Spices & Seasonings Dishes Purses Baking Supplies Backyard Night Stand Headbands Cleaning Supplies Tools Kitchen Utensils Cups & Water Bottles Candles
What is on your Konmari list? Leave a comment below!
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