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KonMari Method – My Tidying Journey #2 Process

Magic of Tidying Up

It seems talking about one’s personal possessions ranks right up there with money. Both subjects are taboo. Much as we don’t share our financial details with others, sharing the quantity and status of what we own is usually off the agenda. And, as we hardly ever entertain in our homes any more, it’s often not a topic one worries about.

But this book changed all that for me: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, Once I read it, I wanted to jump right in and share my thoughts and experiences. However, after reading the book, i still felt i needed a bit more information. Kondo lives in Japan and while Japan and quite frankly most of the world have much smaller housing and storage than we Americans do, i wanted to see how others were approaching their tidying after reading her book.

I’ve also recently been fascinated by the tiny house craze (see future post), so the whole concept of taking it down to the studs, so to speak, seems to fit with Kondo’s method.

I opted to go to YouTube since there were some questions I had that needed visuals, like how to fold your clothes properly. She talks about it in her book, but I wanted to see it in action.

I particularly love Lavendaire’s short videos on folding clothes the KonMari way. She’s super sweet and went through the discarding process in her abode, which she also posted on YouTube. And, I love her hair! Check out the videos on her channel here:

Lavendaire

I was also drawn to the series of KonMari tidying sessions by Jen at Pretty Neat Living. She’s sort of a cross between Lea Michele and Charlotte from Sex and the CIty with a touch of Jennifer Garner. She’s very genuine and you feel that she could be your friend for life. She’s a lifestyle blogger who covers a variety of topics from travel to cooking and, of course, organization. Check out the videos on her channel here:

Another person I found intriguing was Living Like Julie. Julie is also a lifestyle blogger who shares her insights on a variety of home and beauty topics. She has gone through the KonMari tidying and has a number of great videos posted. She’s so relaxed and in control of everything. It’s refreshing to watch her videos. Here is a link to her channel:

Living Like Julie

There are videos of speeches Kondo has given, but I just don’t have the time for it at the moment. However, I do want to go back mostly to see the photos she includes in her presentations. The befores and afters must be pretty mind blowing!

Kondo has a specific order for cleaning, beginning with clothing. If you can’t do all your clothing in one day, then break it up into small categories, but don’t jump to another category until you finish the one you’re currently working on. This is a test of self-control as I want to go and grab those items I know I want to toss, but since she says there’s a method to her madness, I’ll aim to follow her rules.

I didn’t find much on YouTube beyond clothing, books and paperwork, the first three categories in the cleansing process. I don’t know if people tired of cleaning or they just haven’t gotten there yet, However, there are some folks who made it all the way and for them, i applaud their tenacity. This is hard work!

There are some other videos I liked. Kondo says not to let anyone else see what you’re discarding, but the gentleman in the Project Lifecoach video is so cute when Mom comes in to see what he’s tossing:

Another favorite of mine was when the woman was sorting through her shoes and her husband decided to join in:

You would think I could search online forever, inevitably delaying my own tidying journey, but alas, i tired of all the extra info. I went back to the book and started to plan my own household cleanse.

Oh, yes, there was one more bit of information I found online that really got my energy in high gear for this. More in my next post.

KonMari Method – My Tidying Journey #1 Intro

Magic of Tidying Up

 

I believe most people can use a little help when it comes to keeping their homes clean and organized. Yes, there are some folks who prefer to live a sort of Spartan existence and while I marvel at their ability to do so, in America for the most part, people tend to be keepers. Just look at the number of storage units across the country.

I also believe that if you hear the same comment or question from three or more people in a short period of time, you need to address what it is you’re being told. For me, it was this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

I’m pretty organized about my business, but my house sometimes needs a touch-up. Doing one more really good sweep of my house has been on my mind for a few years. About six years ago, i completely painted the interior of the house as well as the garage, so every single item in my house got moved. That was a great time to do some major purging.

Purging and organizing are like peeling layers off an onion. Every time you peel off one layer, it becomes evident that you can part with even more. However, my peeling was put on hold.

Just when i was down to a few boxes of stuff to eBay and a couple of boxes of paperwork, my life changed.

Mom moved in.

I spent six weeks cleaning her house, a house she and my Dad and all of my siblings and I had lived in over a period of 60 years. When Kondo says we aren’t taught to tidy and organize as children, that was evident to me during the massive undertaking of moving my Mom.

Both of my parents were raised during the Depression, so rather than toss, their inclination was to save – EVERYTHING. From rubber bands to broken toys, once in the house it never left. So, we weren’t taught to discard either.

It was also during this moving process that I realized that when it’s my turn to move or pass on, I don’t want anyone to have to go through my stuff. It may be easier because there’s no emotional attachment as there is for me, but it truly should be much easier for me to clean through my things rather than have any other person do so.

The moving adventure reminded me how important and life-supporting it is to live in a clean and organized house. Nothing beats being surrounded by the things you love and always knowing where to find what you need.

While I lovingly cleaned my Mom’s house because I was super thrilled to have her moving in with me, it was a monumental task. It wasn’t a matter of her living in the same town, either. She was 1700 miles away and I had a limited timeframe to accomplish my work.

Some people say, “Oh, the kids will have such a good time cleaning the house after I’m gone. It will be like a treasure hunt.” To them, I say, pick a spot and start cleaning! Unless you are physically or mentally unable to do so, it’s much better to live in a clean and organized environment. Plus, believe me, it’s not a treasure hunt.

Needless to say, I couldn’t get absolutely everything sorted during that short six-week period, but I got 95 percent done. The other five percent I shipped for me to deal with back home.

While I cleaned through quite a bit upon our return, I just got sick of going through stuff. I’d spent hours upon hours on it at Mom’s house, and i needed a break.

Now, four years since Mom moved in, I’m ready to tackle the rest of the mess. However, this little book made its way into my life. I had to read it!

While I had accomplished the huge tidying prior to Mom’s arrival, and kept clean and organized those areas that were well-purged, items would flash into my mind while I read the book. There were definitely still things I could part with and probably never miss.

Kondo makes you approach your purging and organizing in a different way. Some people may find it a bit odd, but it seems to resonate with me. I’m reading the book for a second time – at least key points – and  I will probably go through sections again and again as I make my way through the house.

I’m not sure how stringently I can abide by everything Kondo suggests, and there are areas that she doesn’t fully address, but I’m going to take a stab at things and see what happens.

She estimates it will take six months of one’s life to fully tidy up a household. As today is my birthday, I couldn’t think of a better present to give myself than the gift of a fully organized and happy life. God willing, I can get it done.

I’ll do all my stuff first, then clean through some Mom things that still need to be addressed – as long as she’ll let me.

I’ll post updates from time to time with photos when appropriate. I’ll share my insights and lessons learned along the way. We’ll see what my place looks like in six months.

Wish me luck!