It was the summer of 2018 and I was walking around my local library wondering what I should read next. I pick up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing as well as Spark Joy, both by Marie Kondo, and my life changed forever (yes, I even got my family on board with just managing my things!).
- A closet full of nothing to wear.
- Stuff falling off the shelves in said closet.
- Drawers stuffed full of stuff.
- Old childhood things my parents saved (think literally every picture I drew as a child!)
- Items that held a special meaning for others but somehow managed to get into my house.
I felt claustrophobic and so much weight by opening closet doors and seeing stuff. Whatever fell on my head as I tried to stuff more stuff in my closet was the final straw. Seeing those books were like a sign from the Universe.
Watched from afar, helped me lug stuff to the curb, and slowly started to do his own KonMari. He did it in his own way without reading the books. I helped whenever he asked.
Periodically he would point out something that we have, explain in his own words why it does not spark joy, and we agree to let it go (I generally jump to the chance to donate, sell, or discard it before he changes his mind. Truthfully, he is methodical and when he comes to a conclusion I know it was well planned.).
The freedom I felt from thanking each item and discarding was beyond words. My whole tidying process took a couple weekends. It amounted to about 10 trips to the Salvation Army,15 bags of garbage, couple bags of shredded papers, and one massive ThredUp clean out bag.
My current situation:
I have more time! Yes, you read that correctly. I have more time to relax, spend time with my family and friends, read books, schedule weekend adventures, and pick up an go! It takes me less than 10 minutes a day to tidy up and put thing back when I get home.I can dust, vacuum, and clean the bathroom in about a half hour. Here is my chore schedule now.
- Monday fun day
- Tuesday is a dust and vacuum day
- Wednesday is fold and put away a week’s worth of family laundry
- Thursday is grocery shopping day
- Friday is a quick stop at my local butcher
- Saturday is a clean the bathroom and wash the bedding
- Sunday is an iron for the upcoming week day
I could certainly get all of my chores done in a single weekend day. But spreading it out works for me.
Friends, Family, and Coworkers:
Initially most of them thought I was nuts. After months of living the KonMari method and the Netflix series, I am sure getting lots of questions. My copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is actually going to a co-worker to borrow and start her own journey.