Can you believe it’s February already? We’re already a twelfth of the way through the year! How’s 2017 going for you? My year is not going at all how I planned, but that’s a good thing, because I’m having an amazing one so far! I’ve just been offered a full time position in my work place, which I hope will open lots of new opportunities for me this year. However, it means I’m totally behind on completing the new year’s resolutions I’d set myself at the end of 2016. In a nutshell, I’d planned to start exercising at home, eat healthier, focus my attention on creating personal content for my blog and more about Diabetes, and put more of an effort into decluttering my home using the konmari method. So far, I’ve managed to achieve a whopping one day of each resolution! They’ve all taken a back seat to my new job role. But that’s just the way life goes sometimes isn’t it? It works in unexpected and mysterious ways, and that’s the beauty of it.
It’s taken me a while to get started, but I’ve kicked my konmari mission off at the very beginning – with clothing. If you haven’t heard of the konmari method yet, where have you been hiding? Marie Kondo is a professional organiser, who wrote best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever. Her decluttering method consists of picking up each object in your home and asking yourself whether it makes you happy. Sounds a bit silly doesn’t it? That’s what I thought when I first read about it. But the book explains the psychology of why we keep clutter, and helps you see your home in a brand new light. Marie Kondo recommends sorting your home not by room, but by like-for-like items, with clothing being the top of her list. I discovered the konmari method early last year, and half heartedly attempted, but never finished it. However, it has changed my habits.
Clothes used to be the major cause of clutter in my home. I owned so many clothes that I struggled with the laundry, it seemed to be a vicious circle. I’d wear my favourites and put them in the wash. Life would get in the way and I’d forget, or be too tired, to do a wash, so I’d pull less favourite pieces out of the wardrobe and wear those to make do. As a result, I’d have masses of washing to do, masses of drying, masses of ironing, folding and putting away. I couldn’t keep up so I’d have clothes everywhere… on chairs, tables, backs of doors. Even my wardrobes were brimming, a mix of mine and Cici’s clothes just thrown in and doors shut behind quickly before they could all tumble out. Cici’s wardrobe stood empty, a waste of much needed space in her bedroom. Last year, at my witts end, I began my mammoth clothing sort out.
Marie advises taking every single item of clothing and putting them all in a pile on the floor. I began with my first wardrobe and piled them on my bed. I was surprised by how easy it was, picking up each item and asking myself “does this bring me joy?” A couple of hours later, both of my wardrobes and my chest of drawers stood empty, the pile on my bed was smaller and I had 3 sacks of clothes ready to donate. Now that I could see the space I had to work with, I was able to envision how I could make it work for me.
Marie Kondo recommends folding most of your clothes to free up space. However, she has her own folding method. I found her instructions confusing to follow, so I looked up some youtube videos and eventually got the hang of it. She recommends folding your clothes into a rectangular shape and standing them up on their side, so that they’re easy to see and access, as opposed to stacking them on top of each other and having to mess up the top items to get to those underneath. I invested in some pretty canvas storage baskets from Home Bargains and set about compartmentalising my wardrobes.
I allocated one of my wardrobes to my own clothes and reserved the other wardrobe for Cici. Marie Kondo believes that each member of the family should have their own storage space in their own area of their home to encourage ownership, but unless you have a large home with lots of rooms, I find this an unrealistic idea. I live in a tiny ‘two up, two down’ mid terrace house. By allocating one of my now spare wardrobes to Cici, I was able to get rid of her own empty wardrobe and create a little extra play space in her bedroom.
Over the last year, I’ve managed to keep my clothes in order. Because I own less, I’m always on top of my washing, although I’m still yet to master my ironing! I’m surprised that I still use Marie’s folding method, (I even fold my socks!!) and because I’ve allocated each type of clothing with their own storage space, I find it easier to put our clothes away. My second attempt at the Konmari clothing task this year was completed in no time at all, and I purged an extra two sacks of clothes (mostly Cici’s). I also currently have a few items of non-clothing stored in my wardrobe, such as board games, bedding and sentimental items, which will hopefully be tackled as I get further into the book. My next Konmari mission is to declutter paper, a much easier task for me I feel.
Have you read the book yet? What task are you currently completing? Let me know how you’re getting on!