Back in March, when I saw Authentically Emmie post Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book on Instagram, I was intrigued. I had never heard of the book or the organizing craze around the KonMari Method. I actually took a few too many minutes on Instagram following the many, many pictures under the #KonMari hashtag. Truly amazing how people had indeed changed their lives by getting rid of the excess so I decided to follow suit!
We just underwent a basement remodel and our house was in a state of
chaos disorganization. The basement had turned out fabulous but we had spillage into our garages which still remains in a bit of turmoil. Since it was still pretty cold out (i.e. I just didn’t want to deal with that particular chaos…err disorganization yet), I turned to tidying up the boys’ bedrooms, my home office, the master bedroom closets, my master bath linen closet (also known as the Beauty and Hair Crypt), and the kitchen pantry as well as the laundry room. That’s how much I was avoiding the garages. Don’t judge. I purchased The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up back in March and it is now May and I’m still keepin’ on. Needless to say it has been a daunting task since we hadn’t done a purge in a while and between family/work/life I’m lucky to have organized even one Kaboodles.
The book itself is an easy read and seems like common sense with a Zen twist to it. Some things that resonated with me were keep things that give you joy. I have so.many.clothes that I haven’t worn in eons and I was hanging on to like I was either taking it with me on the Ark or putting them in a time capsule. By holding an item in your hands, you can make the choice whether it needs to stay or go. Time to let it go!
Being buried under clothes, shoes, and other ends…not so much Zen-like. I felt sick to my stomach and excessive. Here I was complaining I had nothing to wear and had a tower as tall as the Eiffel on my bed.
But with the bad comes the good.
The boys were on board with it and it took about an afternoon to do both of their bedrooms.
We donated clothes and toys to the Big Brother and Big Sister Clubs, books to our local library, and most importantly gained peace of mind. My boys are living simpler and each have a box that they can keep their most favorite keepsakes in. Things we didn’t touch were items like the boys’ artwork, my son’s snow globe collection, my other son’s karate trophies, my husband’s sentimental t-shirts (he was able to keep 3 from his glory years), and my handbags because….handbags. I need to go through some of them and either sell or donate but I need time to really marinate on my collection.
The zinger: I actually have one empty closet in my house. Granted it is the guest bedroom, it is no longer filled with overflow from our master bedroom closets.
It does take effort to keep up the organization especially for a family of 4 that has a lot going on. My pantry has stayed pretty ok and so has the laundry room. Although right now the laundry room over runneth with clothes since I need to catch up on a few days worth of laundry. Oops.
My home office stays pretty pristine now because that is my sanctuary and I’m the only one that uses it. My home office has come a LONG way since we moved in. At my busiest times of year it becomes a haven for paperwork and even more paperwork. Pile city! Below is a before/after and a true testament that you have to have vision when buying a house! The previous owner was using it for some crazy hodge podge and now I love working from home more than ever. I took EVERYTHING out of my office and re-organized and re-decorated. Talk about motivation!
I want to do the KonMari method again because I feel we still have so much stuff especially after switching over to our summer wardrobes. After doing the KonMari method I sway between wanting to get rid of all my clothes so I can start again and I want to wear everything in my closet and give it a chance. It is a dangerous seesaw of emotions.
It’s another season so time for another remodel on this money pit. Our bonus room and master bathroom are up next. But now to conquer those garages…
Do you have your own chaos or disorganization? Would you try the KonMari method? What method has worked for you?