Did you know that the most popular New Year’s resolution in the US for 2018 is to lose weight, followed by self-care promises. But, one of the more popular resolutions in recent years has been to be more organized? No? Well, maybe I think so because every year, I make plans to put my house in order, only to give up in a month!
This is definitely not an organizing blog (my family would howl with laughter if they get a wind of that!) but since it is lifestyle, I thought I would give you an insight of my big plans and hope to have you as my cheerleaders – perhaps that will help me keep this up for a little while longer! I wrote about resolutions a while back, but I’m not telling you what that entailed! I also wrote about how I cleaned my house, which at that time was an apartment!
Now, onto who or what is Konmari! I am sure organizational whizzes already know about Marie Kondo and her books, the first of which The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up sold over 4 million copies worldwide! Fear not! This is not a book review, because I haven’t even read it! I just relied on the hundreds of blog posts and YouTube video reviews to tell me what it covers!
So, in a nutshell, the Konmari method, which is a fusion of her last and first name, tells you to declutter your stuff in one fell swoop and to only keep things that ‘spark joy’ in you. So, instead of going room by room, or shelf by shelf, you would look through all your clothes first, then all your books, and so on, until you’ve decluttered all categories that she recommends. Konmari tells you to treat your things like they are living-breathing entities, to hold each item close and to ask yourself whether the item makes you joyful. If not, it should be thanked for being of service and dispatched to the donation or the trash piles. This post and video summarize it nicely!
So, that whole thing sounded corny and probably did to almost everyone who read and tried out the Konmari method. Another factor for me is my whole life of indiscipline where I cannot follow the rules and adhere to any recommended method for very long! Also, most Indian tend to be hoarders – check out my post about my mother-in-law, where I talk about this! I have been trying to come out of this mindset for sometime but have been thwarted by my husband (“we’re not that rich that we can afford to just throw away perfectly good (fill-in-the-blanks)”). My kids are natural hoarders too, so it was like a losing battle.
I did appreciate Kondo’s take on decluttering in one fell swoop though! Doing a little at a time feels like a losing show where you dispose from one end while things keep accumulating at the other! Another recommendation she had that I liked was not to tell your family what you’re throwing away but keep it to your own stuff; don’t throw or organize what is theirs; she feels that at least your space will be to your satisfaction and there may be a chance that your family will see this and want the same!
With that in mind, I started on the Konmari recommended first category, which was clothes. I already had pared down my closet before the holidays just because I try to donate clothes before the cold weather hits people in need anyway. I did not take down all my clothes, as Kondo recommends because I am also extremely lazy and I didn’t wanna. But, I did take each down from its hanger or drawer and analyze it for whether it makes me ‘joyful’ – for me, that translated to do I look good in this and do I like wearing it? After going through everything, it was a bit of a shock that I actually still ended up with a huge bag of clothes to dispose (see that yellow bag?)!
I couldn’t really be bothered about making my clothes ‘stand‘ in their baskets or drawers, as she recommends though. I did put categories of clothes in baskets and hung in a certain pattern, but my main purpose was to keep like things together so that when I put away freshly laundered clothes, I would know where to put them! I actually hate the green color of those baskets, but they’re from the Dollar Store, and I can replace them once I know I’m serious!
One thing that did bother me though after this (maybe it was the number of videos I watched on minimalism, which relates to this method) was how many clothes I still had! It seems ridiculous and I felt a bit of guilt that I had so much! I am lucky enough to have a big closet to effectively keep all of them in one place, but it seems that I could pare down more.
Moving to my drawers, I used bins again to corral my underclothes in two categories, socks, leggings, and camis; all shown in these two drawers.
I used the top of that shelving unit to lay out my everyday jewelry. Yes, I do suffer from excessive nailpolishitis but, hey! that does spark joy in me!!
I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture, but the fact of the matter is that that unit was overflowing because neglecting to compartmentalize things and throw out useless stuff. Now, I have two empty drawers, empty shelves, and empty hangers. And, I want to make sure that I don’t refill those!
I’m moving onto books next and I’m interested in seeing how many I can bear to discard. Somehow, I feel like I know how this works now, so I may have a big donation pile there too!
On the other hand, I believe January 17th is National Ditch your New Year’s Resolution Day!