Have you read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”? I bought it back when everyone was talking about it, and then kinda put it aside and never got around to reading it… I recently picked it up when I finally had a little time to read (incredibly hard to come by lately!) and I’m pretty much obsessed. The basic idea behind Konmari’s plan of decluttering is 1. Only keep things that ‘spark joy,’ things that you get excited about owning when you look at them and pick them up. And 2. Find a place for everything, and always return that item to it’s place when you’re finished with it. Sounds easy enough right? Well, for me, it’s definitely been a journey. Since I am trying to complete my decluttering piece-meal, it’s certainly taking me a little longer than I’d like, but I’m motivated to go through everything in my house, top to bottom, and purge everything that doesn’t make my life a little happier. I’ve made a master, long term list that I’m using to keep me on track of every area I want/need to attack. (I also love this checklist of categories made by Carrie from Making Lemonade!) Kondo recommends conquering your clutter by approaching categories of your stuff. (i.e. your clothes, books, paper, miscellany, and lastly, and most difficult, your sentimental stuff). The list below is an outline on every area in my home I need to empty out in order to sort my stuff into the categories. I’m not sure why I have towels in several places in my house, but I know I do- my goal is to consolidate my (favorite) stuff into one storage area, so that I will never lose track of anything again!
I tried to be as specific as possible, but also left some room for notes and ideas that I may have as I go. Although this journey may take a little time for me to complete, I’m excited for the results; a more streamlined, minimalistic approach to life that makes it easy to clean my home. I dream of the days where it doesn’t take tons of planning and cleaning before I feel comfortable having guest come over- I can’t wait to not fear the ‘pop-in,’ to the days where toys are contained and counter tops are clear!
I love this Inst-post from her posted just the other day… (The pic is cute- but what really gets me is her caption!)
So far, I’ve finished the clothes category, but now that it’s been about a month, I think I’m ready to purge more clothes, now that I know what I truly love and wear all the time and what stays in my drawers! I’ll keep you posted on my progress! Are you working on tidying your home?