Kon Mari – Week 4: Books

As a complete bookworm I was a unsure how I would get on with this category the second time around. In my first sweep I did manage to get rid of quite a few old reference/non-fiction books and some paperbacks from my mum.

It also made me reconsider my purchasing of books. I didn’t stop, I just purchased books for my kindle instead of paperbacks, however I missed the feel of a good paperback so a few more have crept into the house since the first attempt and I’m completely happy with that. Most of the time they get passed on when they’ve been read so they’re not creating too much clutter.

Kids Books

Like me, the kids are total bookworms. I decided it best to tackle their books first while they were out.

I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t count them before I started going through them but can confirm that 40 books left the house. Some went to charity, some to school and a couple found their way to my mums for when the kids visit.

With the exception of some seasonal books, the rest found their way back to the relevant bookcases. The seasonal books will be rotated into circulation at the appropriate time.

My Books

I started this time with 81 books from my bookshelves and over 300 on my kindle!

I thought I would find it quite difficult to work through my books. However, I found that since most of the books made me happy I was able to whizz through them quite quickly.

There were two books that I loved from my childhood which were definite keepers and several that I have still to read so they stayed. That said I did manage to part with 5 books. This may not seem like many but since my first round I try to follow the one in, one out rule where possible.

I deleted 30 books from my Kindle. I may be able to remove more once I have organised them better.

Verdict

Overall this category didn’t take me quite as long as expected, mainly because books make me and my family happy.

I have also found that on the whole I tend to purchase kindle books over paperbacks. This is helping to reduce the clutter around the house. I also try to pass on books that I have read to make way for new ones.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

 

Kon Mari – Week 2: Clothes

Last week I shared with you my vision of a home that would spark joy for me. This week it’s onto the actual decluttering stage. Now having done this twice previously I have to confess that I have found making the decision to part with certain items of clothing quite difficult – for me it’s my wedding shoes and a maxi dress.

I began by pulling out all of my clothes and piling them on the bed, as you can see from the photos I’ve made some progress over the years… just! I decided to just work on my clothing to begin with and go back to shoes and accessories later just in case I ran out of time.

2015 Clothing Pile
2015 Clothing Pile
2017 Clothing Pile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I followed the advice given in the book by feeling every item and slowly began to put thing back in my wardrobe, only selecting the things I truly loved. Admittedly there are a couple of items that don’t quite fit right at the minute (the floral maxi dress you can see in the photo above), but as they still spark joy, they got to stay. This was my get rid pile.

As I hung everything up I turned the hangers round so I can see what clothes I actually wear and it will hopefully make it easier to maintain my tidy, organised wardrobe and will help when I review my capsule wardrobe.

Once I completed my clothing I moved onto shoes, again you can see I’ve made quite a bit of progress since my first round.

2015 Shoe Pile
2015 Shoe Pile
2017 Shoe Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only got rid of 4 pairs of shoes this time around and one of them was a hard decision for me as they were my wedding shoes. In some ways they do still spark joy but not really enough for me to justify keeping them (I think I’ve only worn them 3 times in 11 years so I think its about time they sparked joy for someone else).

Next up was bags and since I now only own 6 bags this was pretty easy and I only discarded one bag as I use the others pretty regularly.

I didn’t bother with my underwear this time around as I discarded a load after Christmas as I received lots of new stuff. The same applied to my scarves as I wear them pretty much all the time. Both drawers just got a bit of a tidy up and they were done.

Have you attempted KonMari? How did you get on? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time

Debbie x

My KonMari Journey – Week 1: Getting Prepared

So I’ve started my third attempt of decluttering using the Marie Kondo’s life-changing (her words, not mine) system of tidying up.

My first week focused on prep work – setting up a donation station, re-reading the book, catching up on laundry and sorting/putting away all the Christmas paraphernalia and documenting my vision statement.

So how have I fared, well there are still several boxes of Christmas decorations at the bottom of the stairs waiting for my OH to put them away, however they have been KM’d and anything we no longer wanted has been discarded/donated.

The laundry isn’t totally caught up with, but in my defence I know that everything of mine and the kids that is in the laundry sparks joy. Having been through this process already one thing I have taken from previous attempts is that if something doesn’t spark joy then it goes there and then (or after it’s been washed usually). My OH and my eldest are excluded from this category as they are old enough to KonMari their own stuff if they so choose (they did it last time around and were quite impressed, although my OH does still have around 50 t-shirts in his wardrobe!!)

Next up I had a quick re-read of the book to familiarise myself with the process again before finally reviewing my vision statement and updating it to reflect my current goals. I also spent a bit of time reflecting on my past efforts and why they might not have provided the outcome I had hoped for. I finally came to the conclusion that I didn’t get rid of quite as much as I should have done in my previous attempts, in part due to the fact that we would have all been sitting on the floor.

I’ve also realised that completing the process doesn’t stop clutter from finding its way back in afterwards and to be honest  I feel that this is a big part of why my home doesn’t quite spark joy. That said I have noticed a bit of a shift in my thinking when it comes to buying certain things and I do find getting rid of things a lot easier so hopefully I’m on the right path.

So that was my first week completed, next week we get started on the hard bit – getting rid of stuff – so please pop back to see how I’ve been getting along with my first category of clothes.

Until next time

Debbie x

Third Time’s A Charm!

Every January I promise myself that by the end of November I will have decluttered and organised the entire house, needless to say most of the time I fail miserably as the amount of clutter than comes into the house generally outweighs the amount of stuff people are prepared to part with, such is life with a husband, a teenager and two small monsters.

In 2015 I came across the Nourishing Minimalism challenge of parting with 2015 items during the year and although I managed to part with quite a lot of junk I fell very short of the 2015 items expected of me.  Not prepared to admit it was impossible (as my OH kept telling me) I attempted the same challenge in 2016 (adding an extra item to my list), however by this time I had also begun reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

For those of you not familiar with the book, where have you been! Seriously though, Ms Kondo has developed a bit of a cult following with organising junkies everywhere testing out her method. Now it’s not for everyone and I admit to being a little sceptical at first with some of her processes (touching everything to see if it ‘sparks joy’) but nevertheless I decided I had nothing to lose made plans to get started on my life changing KonMari journey.

I found a Facebook group that were making the decluttering process a challenge while offering support. They broke down the categories over a 26 week period and aimed to work on one area each week until they were all completed approximately 6 months later.

I wrote out the checklist in my bullet journal and began to put together my vision statement. All was going well, and then it wasn’t so I waited it out and began the challenge again at the end of the 26 weeks for the second time around. This time I completed it, or so I thought.

I worked through all the categories and parted with just over 2016 items, I also made some extra cash in the process. However, my house still doesn’t spark joy so I think I may have gone wrong somewhere so I have decided to try for a third time to see if I can get my house in order once and for all but this time I will be working at my own pace as I’m hoping to complete it in less than 6 months. I will also be participating in the Nourishing Minimalism challenge again this year I like to see how much you have actually got rid of throughout the year.

I will be documenting my journey over the coming weeks and hopefully by the end of it I will be able to see a difference.

Until next time

Debbie x

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