Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 2

While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 2
Welcome back to the KonMari challenge!  This week was all about clothes.  We were to go through the house (attic and basement included!) and pull every stitch of clothing that belonged to us (just our stuff - kiddos are in a couple of weeks!).

As I mentioned last week, I'm using Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing as my guide.

According to Marie, the key to success is to make the change so sudden that we experience a complete change of heart.  From her experience, "quickly" means about half a year.  What?!  SIX MONTHS?!  Don't worry - I questioned this too but after being in it for a few weeks, I'm starting to understand (and become thankful that I have six months to complete this transformation!).

To achieve a sudden change like Marie mentions, we need to use the most efficient method of tidying.  So, I will be sticking by her 26 week challenge.  Here's a few before (eek!) and after pics of the process! (Don't forget - these are raw pictures - usually taken with my phone - sorry!)

*TRUTH STATEMENT - I have WAY too much stuff.  I know this and have known this but working through this method has exposed this on a grand scale.  I don't share this with you to show how much I have but merely to show you how much stuff accumulates if you don't deal with it.  I'm sharing in hopes that someone will be encouraged and begin taking back their life from their stuff.  We all deserve to be surrounded by only things that we love and bring us joy!
 welcome to my closet - UGH!!!  
yep - it was a disaster!
 this closet system was in here when we moved in - I've hated it for over eight years
 I can honestly say - the state of my closet did NOT bring me joy!
OK, so enough of the gross pictures!  What was Marie's advice on filling this closet with joy? She begins by instructing her clients to take every last item out and to lay everything in one spot.  Gathering every item in one place is essential to this process because it gives you an accurate grasp of how much you actually have.
word to the wise - this process in itself is messy!!!

Once all your clothes are out, go through everything piece by piece.  Does it bring you joy?  Yes - keep, no - discard.  Simple as that!

Once you have gone through all your clothing, then it's (finally!) the fun part - putting them back into your closet.  Here are a few tips on arranging your clothes.  Marie says the secret is to "energize your closet."  The most basic rule is to hang clothes in the same category side by side, dividing your closet into a jacket section, a suit section, and so on. You also want to arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right - hang heavy items on the left side of the closet and light items on the right.  Heavy items would include those with length, those made with heavy material or those that are dark in color.  In addition, organize the clothes within each category from heavy to light.  I admit it sounded a little wonky but then I had to giggle at a section from her book.  She even asks the question, "why pay attention to such small details?"  Her answer, "why waste your time doubting." Well, ok then, Marie! :)

Here's my progress...
Out of all the crap stuff that was originally in my closet, these are the only clothes that made the cut!  Now knowing what I had, I knew what I could do.  Mike and I talked and he helped me reconfigure the closet system that I had hated for so long.
And this is what we came up with!!!  I seriously can't believe it!
Here's what it looked like after I got all the shoes, bags, etc. added back in.  

When you tidy your space completely you transform the scenery.  The change is so profound that you feel as if you are living in a totally different world. - Marie Kondo

Know what the best part is?!  It's not finished!!!  Next weekend, Mike and I are repainting and then I will be adding my own special touches to make this space a little oasis just for me.  I can honestly say my closet now brings me JOY!!!  Keep checking back to see what else I tackle!
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 2
Michelle from Grammie Time sweetly offered to be my accountability partner on this little project.  I love the quote she sent me the other day!  Thank you so much for all the encouragement, Michelle!
yes, yes it should!!!

This week is the second week for clothes.  Check back next week to see how I'm doing!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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Much appreciation goes out to Jessica from Sweet Little Ones for featuring week 2 of Can the KonMari Method of Tidying Really Change Your Life! What an honor!  Thank you so much, Jessica!

60 comments:

  1. I was fortunate to find a house with great closets, especially in the master bedroom. I'm also fortunate because I don't like stuff. Thank you, OCD.

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    Janie

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    1. How fortunate you found a house that fit your needs! That's awesome! I'm learning to make this one work for us - even if it took a while! Thanks for stopping by! Have a super week!

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  2. Yeah! Boy, you weren't kidding - a major undertaking. But you did it! Cheers (it's morning, I'm cheering with my smoothie) to you! What a magnificent difference. I'm getting a kick out of the bag with the word ESCAPE on it. Your closet may well be your "escape" place when you are finished. Mine is! Great job Holly. You will be an inspiration to others wanting to re-do their closet and a section of their lives.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! It's not easy sharing but I really hope that I can inspire others who want to make a change. I see so many Pinterest-gorgeous closets but then I think, "do people really live there?!". I want to show a closet that is loved, lived in, and {hopefully} kept tidy! :) Thank you, as always, for your kind, encouraging words! Hope you have a great day!

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  3. I want to have a closet full of things that make me feel good about myself. Why do we keep things if they do not fit/do not bring joy?? I gained some weight in the past few years and it was needed and good but clothes fitting and needing new things and my body image and finding what looks and feels good on me is something I am working on right now.

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    1. Try this method out. Every.stinkin.day for the past few years I have dreaded, absolutely dreaded, getting dressed for the day. I'm confident the state of my closet was the reason. Since my closet transformation, I have loved, even, dare I say, looked forward to getting dressed each day! It's not easy but so worth it. When you keep only what brings you joy, it's a game changer. And, if you aren't left with much, it shows you what you can add it to make a difference. Good luck! Let me know if you take the plunge! I'll root for you the whole way!

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  4. Great post! I could definitely stand to do this myself!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I've really enjoyed it so far! ;)

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  5. Holly, this is so cool! It is so neat to see the difference! I haven't read the KonMari book or anything, but I jumped onto the "capsule wardrobe" bandwagon several months ago, which really came in handy when I moved over the summer. Laying all my clothes on the bed and only keeping what I love & wear was really helpful, and giving away a huge pile of clothes was super freeing! In fact, just last night my husband said, "I think we need to buy more hangers" because he was just gifted with some new shirts. My response was, "Actually, I think I just need to go through my wardrobe again and give stuff away." Especially since Lent is coming up-this is a perfect time to do a closet purge! The biggest problem is all of those t-shirts from clubs I used to belong to (that I don't wear anymore) and stuff, because I don't want to give lame castoffs to the homeless shelter-but I don't want to cut them up into rags, either. Holly, do you have any good ideas on that?

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    1. Haha! I can completely relate, AnneMarie! I look at it now and think, there are still some things that need to go! I splurged and got nice hangers and I definitely won't be buying anymore! Something will just have to go! As far as t-shirts go, are you a crafter? Some pretty neat ideas out there using t-shirts...Maybe I'll do a post on that! ;) Check back! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

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    2. Please do a post on that! That would be very cool :) I'm a quasi-crafter; I'm not super creative and find it hard to come up with project ideas, but I love working with fabric and yarn-so once I get that initial idea, I love it. As of about an hour ago, I have a couple bags of give-aways, and a HUGE bag that I've deemed "DIY." Thank you for providing some motivation for me to do this! :)

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    3. I'm working on it right now! :) Hope to have it up on Thursday - check back! Some ideas are super easy (I try to post only things I would be willing to try!) and some are maybe a little out of my league! ;) Happy I provided a little motivation! Thank YOU for the idea for a up-cycled t-shirt post!

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  6. Wow! That transformation was awesome! I put that book onto my iPad last night, and I'm going to start reading it today while I'm waiting for my dad to have his angiogram. I think it will take me a while to get through the book because I'm also reading two other books at the same time !!!!

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    1. It's a pretty easy read. It took me a little bit longer since I was taking notes as I read. Hope your dad is ok!

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    2. He is fine! No blockage (this time) ....thank you God.

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  7. I love the after picture! The before one looks like my basement. :( No joy. None. And the quote is just perfect. I really want to go digging through my closet now. I pared down a lot several months ago, but it's probably time to get rid of stuff I just don't use. Thanks for the inspiration! Following you on Facebook now. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn! It's been an eye opener, for sure! I never, ever want it to get that way again!!! Happy that I inspired you! You'll have to share your progress with me! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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  8. Wow! What a transformation! I haven't read the book, but the parts you highlighted sound very interesting, especially the part about doing it quickly. I never thought about doing it that way, but it makes a lot of sense. Especially for someone like me who is a pack rat! Doing it quickly before I have time to make up reasons to keep it! haha Thanks for linking up with us for Tuesday Talk as always! You always have great posts! -Jessica, Sweet Little Ones

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Jessica! YES - complete it quickly! It doesn't give you a chance to look back and, before you know it, you're done and it looks SO much better! I highly recommend the book!

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  9. Seriously still amazed by this transformation! I really think I'm going to have to read this book and go ahead and pull everything out of my closet. I always think it is organized perfectly but now I'm thinking it could be better! And PS...I think you totally should have posted the selfie of how adorable you look in your new clothes!

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    1. I know, right?! I can't wait till this weekend when we get it repainted!!! I think you would enjoy the book - a little wonky but if you do what it says, you start to understand the logic. Haha - and the only selfies I'll be posting are the ones I text to you! ;)

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  10. I'm loving this series so far! This book is intriguing to me, but I already love a good purge! Your closet transformation was amazing. AND bonus that you're getting a little refresh of the org system in there. That's just great! Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie! I'm glad you are following along! This weekend we'll give the closet a nice new coat of paint - can't wait to share it after that!

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  11. So awesome, friend! Super proud of you and the difference must feel even more amazing than it looks!! Proud of you - that stuff ain't easy and you totally kicked a**!

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    1. Sadly, I hadn't realized how much it was bringing me down. I've actually felt better since getting out all the extra gunk! I'm encouraged to keep going! Only 24 more weeks to go! ;) Thank you for your sweet words!!!

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  12. I just started reading this book myself. I came to the realization a few years ago that all of the clutter in our home was making me crazy. I was yelling all the time because it stressed me out. So I started clearing out anything and everything that seemed like too much, was broken, was unloved, etc. It seriously is life changing.

    I'm excited to try the book for new ideas.

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    1. Seriously! It truly, truly is! I can't believe how much more calm I feel! Hoping I can stick with the whole 26 week challenge! Good luck to you! We can do this!!!

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  13. Hi Holly! I love how it looks. I'm reading that book now. Now I'm just waiting to "start" because each area will be an all day process. I'm excited to discard the things that don't bring me joy. I'm surprised how much things I kept "just in case" that I don't really love. How long did your closet take you?

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    1. Oh, the dreaded "just in case"! I'm queen of that! Now when I catch myself doing that, it goes straight to discard and I don't look back! Good luck!!! It's super time consuming but SO worth it!!!

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  14. I need to check out this method... I haven't heard of it, but I LOVE organization! Your after looks so amazing! Good job!!!

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    1. If you love organization you will LOVE her method! A little wonky at times but it starts to make sense once you are in the thick of it! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet words!

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  15. Hi Holly!
    Visiting today from the Linkup #Women with Intention and so glad I did! I love this! Reducing stuff is indeed hard for any number of reasons. Two big ones at our house are: 1) I might need that; or 2) Now that I'm retired, I am not sure I will be able to replace it or buy something new. Really curious about this book and what you share!

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    1. Two very valid reasons that many of us struggle with! It's not easy but I'm finding that there definitely is more in less! Would love to have you follow my journey! Thanks so much for stopping by from the link-up!

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  16. It looks great! I love how you organized it all!

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    1. Thank you so much, Keri! I'm having so much fun!!!

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  17. Ahh, I need to do this!! Amazing transformation! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It! Hope you have a wonderful week! Pinned and tweeted.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! I really appreciate you sharing! It's been life-changing so far and I can't wait to tackle next week's challenge! Hope you'll come back and see the before/after!

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  18. This is an interesting method. I am working on the whole joy thing, so it makes sense.

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    1. It's a really simple method and (so far!) easy to implement! I'm loving it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. That is a huge transformation! It looks amazing! And I love the idea of only keeping it if it brings me joy! I need to try that!

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    1. Thanks!!! Loving it and so far have been able to keep it that way! SO excited to add the fun details this weekend! Finding JOY is the key!

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  20. Wow your closet looks fantastic! I just started reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up finding it very interesting so far. Found your post at This is How We Roll Link Party

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    1. Hi, Nicole! Thanks so much for stopping by! You'll have to come back and let me know what you think about the book! Would love to have you follow my journey through the 26 week challenge! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. Holly,
    I recently bought this book. The challenge awaits me still! But you've inspired me! Great job!

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    1. It's truly life-changing! I know that sounds so cliche' but I'm already feeling so much lighter after getting rid of so.much.stuff! I'm convinced - less is more!!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have an extraordinary weekend!

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  22. Wow! That is impressive!! It must feel fantastic to walk into that closet every day.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn! It's been fun and, YES, it is an absolute joy to walk in to my closet now! Would love to have you join me on this journey! I'll post my week 3 progress on Sunday!

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  23. Holly, Did you fold all your clothes and put them standing up in your drawers? I realized I really need to actually read the whole book before I start. I need to learn how to put it all back. Any tips on putting it back?

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    1. Yes, I folded the way she talked about in her book. I was a bit skeptical but it's been a few weeks and my drawers still look like they did when I put everything back! I'll have a post up tomorrow with a link to quick visuals on how to fold.

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  24. Great work! I've been working on trying to keep a capsule wardrobe and really cut down on a lot of my closer...though it is a little easier living in Uganda and only needing warm weather clothing! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Mariah! It's really been an eye opener. I knew there was a lot of stuff...I just had no idea how much stuff. But, definitely working with the less is more mindset and loving it! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

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  25. Just catching up on your closet posts. You are brave to post a "before" pic. I know I wouldn't want to! Moving overseas gave me about 3 feet of closet space (in European style wardrobes). I had to seriously downsize, and I'm determined to keep things like that!

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    1. Believe me - posting this stuff is a LOT harder than I thought! But, I know I will need the encouragement - AND accountability - in the coming months! Thanks for following my journey!

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  26. Your after pic excited me!! Absolutely beautiful!
    And I love Michelle's quote! Perfect!
    Hmmmm, maybe I ought to jump on the bandwagon too.....

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  27. I love your name pic, and your 4 poster bed!!
    And oh yeah, your after closet looks great too!
    Good for you- 50% reduction?? That is FAB!!

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    1. My sweet name pic was painted by my daughter. She loves when I display her artwork. ;) And, I love our 4 poster bed too! I don't think I could ever part with it! And, yes ma'am - at least 50% reduction. At least once a week I find something else that doesn't bring me as much joy as it once did!

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