Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3

While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
Welcome back to the KonMari challenge - based on Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing!  This week we continued with clothes.  It's a tedious process but I'm LOVING it!!!  This week included all the extras: socks, underwear, bags/purses, accessories, jewelry, gym, swim, costumes, shoes, and maternity.  So, let's get started!

Most of these items I completed the first week on my trial run - just to see if it was going to be worth while!  I'll recap a few of them and show progress on a few others!

Here's a couple of things to remember as we get started.  Focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of!  And, by keeping the item, does it bring you joy? It's really as simple as that!

*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!

Socks - I must admit that I was guilty of one of Marie Kondo's biggest no-nos - I balled up my socks. #gasp Never, ever ball up your socks according to Marie!  You can watch a quick tutorial here on how to fold your socks.

Marie recommends that you pull every item out of your closet, shelves, drawers, etc. so that you can see exactly how.much.stuff you have.  Believe me, it's an eye opener! Friends, I had 63 pairs of socks!  SIXTY THREE!  Oh.my.goodness!  I had absolutely no idea! So, I quickly got rid of over half of them!  Phew!  Feeling better already!

Here's a look at my sock drawer today:
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
Underwear - I thought socks were bad but nothing compared me for the amount of panties I had squirreled away (I totally blame all those free panty Victoria Secret coupons they send you!).  Let's just say that I got rid of about 75% of them!  Bras weren't too much better!  Thankfully I was able to narrow my numbers by about half.  Regarding how to keep your bras and panties the KonMari way, you can watch a couple of quick tutorials here.

Here's a peak at how I store my unmentionables.
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
Marie tells you not to go buy items to store your clothes in.  She says you have all you need if you have a few shoe boxes laying around.  Well, here's where I broke the rules.  I went to Wal-Mart and purchased these little white baskets for .97 each.  I needed my containers to match. :)  

Bags/Purses - I LOVE bags.  I'm not big into fashion but show me a fabulous bag and I swoon!  It's so hard to say no to a fabulous bag!  But, I'm happy to say that once I cleaned out my closet, I knew just how much space I had left to store bags and only allowed myself to keep those that fit.  

Here's a glimpse at a few of the bags that made the cut!
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
Accessories - The two fashion "accessories" that I have are scarves and ball caps. Originally I was keeping my scarves on a scarf hanger but I can tell you - this.was.not.working!  I did what Marie recommended and rolled my scarves up and put them in a box.  I now can see at one quick glance which scarves I have and can tell you I have worn them more in the last couple of weeks than I have in the last few years!
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
I must admit my ball caps are one of my favorites!  I had seen on Pinterest to use shower curtain rings and a hanger to store your hats.  Well, I don't know about you, but I didn't have any spare shower curtain rings at our house but I did have small binder rings and they worked perfectly!
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
 While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
Jewelry - Marie says in her book, "The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue ultimate simplicity in storage so that you can tell at a glance how much you have." There are two rules of storage: 1) store all items of the same type in the same place, and 2) don't scatter storage space.  I was SO guilty of this and honestly didn't realize it!  I have a jewelry cabinet that I keep {most} of my jewelry in.  But, once I started pulling all my jewelry together in one place I realized I kept some on the bathroom counter, in my medicine cabinet, and also in my make-up drawer! #ohno So, I went through each and every piece and only kept those pieces that truly bring me joy.

Gym - This one was probably one of the easiest ones for me to do since I really didn't have that much.  I was always pretty good about getting rid of anything that I didn't like that I work out in.  If you are going to be in front of a mirror for an hour session, it's easy to decide what works and what doesn't!  I was able to get my gym clothes out of my closet and folded neatly in a drawer.  Now I can see at a glance what I have to choose from!
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
Swim - I have major avoidance issues so I had cleaned out my swimsuits during the holidays.  I was suppose to be wrapping gifts but when I went to grab something out of the tower closet, I saw them and thought it was the perfect time to clean them out. #truestory But, now I have a basket of neatly folded swimsuits and I know exactly what I need to purchase come swim suit season!
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
Costumes - I completely forgot to do this section!  We have a couple of boxes of Halloween costumes boxed away in the attic.  I save lots of them because the kids go to summer camp and have theme days and sometimes we get lucky and can re-purpose. But, I will go through them and see what I can get rid of!

Shoes - Yikes!  This one was another bad one!  I had so.many.pairs of "work" shoes - and I haven't worked outside the home in over seven years!  Even if I did go back to work, so many of these were way beyond being in style anymore!  This was another area of my closet where, after I moved everything back in, I knew exactly how much space I had left. This made decision making easy as I only would allow myself to keep what would fit.  Now if I choose to bring in a new pair of shoes, something will have to go to make room.  And, just in case you are wondering, so far I haven't missed one thing that I have gotten rid of! #nolookingback

Here's a glimpse into how I've stored my shoes:
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
mostly every day wear and summer shoes - oh, summer how I miss you so!
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
and these are my boots that I need to find some pool noodles to keep upright instead of falling over
While I'm Waiting...Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 3
I also put less worn shoes here, here, and here!

Maternity - One section that I didn't have to deal with!  I promptly gave away every stitch of maternity wear shortly after Hope's birth.

Marie mentions that you should decorate your closet with your secret delights.  You should transform your closet into your own private space, one that gives you a thrill of pleasure. She says your storage space is your private paradise so personalize it to the fullest.  And, there's no limits on how to decorate.  This might have been my favorite part of her book! Obviously, from the state of my closet, I never gave it much thought - it was just a place to store my clothes.  But, now I have a vision of what I want my closet to be.  Mike helped me paint it this weekend and slowly but surely I'm transforming it into a space that truly will be my private paradise.  Keep checking back for the big reveal!  You won't believe the before and after!!!

I received this prayer in an email a few weeks back and wanted to share it with you.  The words are exactly what my heart has been trying to say but I haven't been able to put in to words.
Unveiled Wife prayer

I'm so glad you are following my journey!  If you missed the previous weeks, you can find them here:


Next week is children's clothing.  Check back to see if the kiddos get on board with the KonMari method!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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38 comments:

  1. I've read the book and I really want to try this...I've just yet to have time!!! That's for keeping me inspired.

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    1. Hi, Kristy! Yes, it's definitely time consuming but I finally got to the point where I realized I was going to have to go all in. It's going to be a long 6 months but I figure I have nothing to lose - except lots and lots of stuff weighing me down! So far I'm loving it! Come join me!!!

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    1. Thanks, friend! It's a lot harder to share than I thought it would be! :)

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  3. I can hardly wait to tackle the socks, panties, undies and t-shirts!! I have already thought of so many things based on your "remodel" that will make my closet more functional. My goal is to get rid of enough to be able to have ALL seasons in one space. On a side note...do you happen to remember where you found those basket things under your first shelf in the bathroom? :)

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    1. So far it's been fun - I know it's Marie's way of rope-ing you in! :) Hoping to have the "remodel" finished up soon! If we were contractors, no one would hire us! We are S-L-O-W!!! Re: basket thing-ies - not for certain but if I had to guess, I would say Wal-Mart! ;)

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  4. Love the scarf and hat storage! Looks great!

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  5. I got this book for Christmas but haven't started it yet. I totally need to. I love the hat storage, that idea is brilliant. I don't even want to know how many socks I have and I always ball them out. haha

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    1. It's a pretty easy read. I read it in three days but I was taking notes while I read so it took me a little longer than most. I'm loving the hat storage too! It was a fun ah ha moment! Thanks so much for stopping by! Check back next week for the week 4 update!

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  6. I'm reading this book right now, too. As for socks, I don't ball them together, but I do roll them. I can see where folding will take less space, though I really don't think they care a whole lot whether or not they are bumping into each other inside that drawer. :) I used to store my scarves neatly rolled in a drawer, but I found that unless I washed them after each use (even if I had only worn it a couple of hours), everything in the drawer began to smell like "outside." I am back to hanging them on scarf hangers on the back of my bedroom door. I don't like this because I have too many and they look messy, but at least they smell clean. ;-) I haven't fully tackled her process yet (it terrifies me, haha!), but I will walk into a closet or room and grab a few items I know need to go. Maybe by the time I finish the book, I'll be brave enough to pull everything out.

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    1. Haha! The part about how your clothes felt was one of the many wonky areas of her book for me! You'll have to let me know what you think when you finish the book! I bet you'll be ready to tackle her challenge! Come join me! :)

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  7. I heard so much about this book but I'm scared to do it! I have sooooo much stuff... and while I have no problem releasing some of my stuff, it's hard to get the hubby and kiddos on board.

    You're doing great though. I would love to add pretty lights to my closet.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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    1. Jennifer, I assure you I have a TON of stuff! It's been hard to share but I've found that it keeps me accountable! I'm in it till the end - regardless of how hard it will get - and I know it's about to get real hard! Regarding your family - I actually had to have a sit down with mine. I told them why it was so important to me. They kind of looked at me like I had three heads but they weren't against it. Like the book says, I started with me - and noticed they loved the way my stuff was looking and started working on their stuff too!!! I think they see how nice things can look if we just put stuff back where it goes (or get rid of it if it doesn't bring us joy).

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for hosting the link-up! See you next week!

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  8. OMG you made me laugh with your comment about “squiring” underwear away. And I love the idea of hanging the hats. I am going to have to try it, the hubs has a ton! Thanks for sharing, Jenny @paintyourselfasmile

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    1. Hehe! Glad I could make you LOL! :) Definitely try the hat trick! I'm still enjoying the way they look and they are super duper easy to access! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  9. I'm loving reading about the konmari method it's definitely something I'm going to seriously consider

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    1. So far so good! I just wish I had more time to devote to it! I can see that if you stick with it that your days of "cleaning" are behind you - more of just putting things back where they belong and keeping it tidy! Definitely worth it for us!!! Come join me!

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  10. This book is on my long list of books to pick up. I keep pushing this one off. One of the main reasons? I don't want to have to take the time to go through all my clothes...it sounds overwhelming! You seem to be doing a great job. :)

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    1. Haha! I emptied my closet three times! Each time getting rid of more stuff! I can honestly say I'm loving it! Just wish I had more time to go through stuff! Three weeks down, 23 more to go! :)

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  11. Just roll up a magazine to keep your boots nice - then you don't need to spend any money on pool noodles.

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  12. This is a fantastic idea I am definitely going to have to try it. Thanks for linking up at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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    1. Thank you for hosting, Rose, and for stopping by! I'm enjoying this process - so far! :)

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  13. Good for you for diving into the mass project of decluttering - I've got to check out this KonMari challenge, cause heaven knows I've got stuff! Those free Vickys panties get me every time! :). Found you at the Shine blog hop.

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    1. I'm so glad you found me! Thanks for stopping by! YES! Check out the challenge! So far it's really doable. The only problem?! I wish I had more time to devote to it! I have seen a HUGE improvement and can't wait to keep digging out from all the mess! Come join me!

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  14. Very cool! I've been waiting and waiting for this book at the library, and I can't wait to dig in. I found that so interesting that she says to decorate your closet, I never would've thought to do that. Sounds wonderful.

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    1. I hope the book is available soon! I promise it's worth the wait! I actually enjoy walking in to my closet now! Truly a little slice of my very own paradise! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great week!

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  15. Looks like your making it happen! Good Job! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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    1. Slowly but surely, Elaine! ;) It's definitely worth it! Thank you so much for pinning - I'll see you again tomorrow!

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  16. Holly, Love how you embraced this method! You are inspiring me! Appreciate that you share your posts with us each week at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! I'm really trying! Sometimes it's hard but then I look back at the before/afters and keep trudging on! I know it will be worth it in the end!!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for hosting! Much appreciated!

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  17. Very cool! I've put this book on hold at the library, and I'm enjoying seeing your transformation. :)

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    1. Thanks! It's a slow process but I have to remind myself that it didn't get this way over night so it won't be cleaned up over night either. Definitely worth it though!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet words! Have an extraordinary weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Moriah! Slow and steady wins the race, right?! :)

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  19. I'm shock with your panty, bra and sock numbers! I outgrow and ingrow mine, so I only have 8 or less of each. Only 5 bras.
    Good for you, purging so much!!

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    1. Yes, it's been a LONG time since I went through. Definitely felt wrong having so much! I've purged a lot and so far haven't missed one single thing!

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