Here’s a post I wrote a few months ago and never posted.
May 7, 2015
I am learning more and more about what I want to spend my life doing and not doing. I find that I definitely do not want to spend time thinking about all my shit that needs to be put away. I don’t want to be looking at all of my shit that needs to be put away. And I definitely don’t want to be actually putting away all of my shit that needs to be put away.
Could there ever be a solution?
Get rid of all the shit! Keep what you love and to hell with the rest! (No offense to Goodwill or any of you suckers who bought one of my pieces of shit for a dollar at my mom's yard sale.)
I had been meaning to go through this process somehow, but it wasn’t until I heard of Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” that I was actually set on doing it.
Her process is simple and clear. One category after another, you are to throw all of your items onto the floor. Then, pick up each item and ask, “Does this spark joy?”
NOT, “Do I think I’ll need this one day?” or “Wait, was this a gift?”
If it does not spark joy, set it aside to be donated, sold, or trashed. If it does spark joy, set it aside to be relocated to a permanent place in your home that makes it easy to put away after using it.
After doing this, my home is significantly less cluttered! There is not an emoji expressing enough happiness to place here.
A video about the process:
THE ONE THING I DID WRONG:
I did not follow Marie’s system for folding and storing clothing. I kept them stored how I had them stored previously - on a bookshelf, stacked on top of one another. Burying them alive, leaving only one survivor per pile, at the top.
This has resulted in a pile of clothes on the couch next to my closet. I think I will replace my bookshelf with an old fashioned dresser.
I rearranged my clothing so that it is folded the KonMari way and nestled together on a large shelf in my closet. This makes it much easier to pull something out without disturbing the others, as well as put it away after being worn or washed.
Guess what I have on the bookshelf now. Books! As well as some other things. Pictures to come.
Have you decluttered? If so, has it improved your well being? If not, what's holding you back? Let me know in the comments!