Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4

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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! Originally I thought this week was going to be SO easy - I mean, I had just cleaned out the kiddos' closets in December!  {somewhere Marie Konda is laughing}  Little did I realize there was so much more we could do!  For this week's challenge it was everything related to children's clothes - baby clothes (yes, all those clothes you've saved "just in case" you have another baby), everyday clothing, shoes, socks, sports uniforms and miscellaneous.

A couple of things before we get started.  Marie (don't you love how we are on a first name basis?!) recommends that you assist kiddos over the age of three.  Also, we must respect what brings our kiddos joy.  This was a hard one for me!  Just because an outfit I purchased for them brings me joy does NOT mean that it brings them joy while wearing it. I don't like to wear clothes that don't bring me joy - I shouldn't make my kids either.  And, it goes the other way too.  Don't get rid of something that bring your kids joy simply because it doesn't bring you joy.

Getting rid of other people's things without permission demonstrates a sad lack of common sense. - Marie Kondo

It's hard.  Our kids have more than they need and I am sick of the clutter.  I risk sounding hypocritical here but one way I deal with extra "stuff" is by bagging it in a garbage bag and putting in the attic.  If the kids don't ask for said items in a month, I donate the whole bag.  Worried that you'll forget about the bag in the attic?  Just add a reminder in your phone! ;)

And now, a few before/afters of the kiddos' closet transformations!

*TRUTH STATEMENT - Our kids have WAY too much stuff.  We 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 we 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!

Baby Clothes - I didn't go through these.  I have a tub (or two max) for each kiddo with special outfits they probably won't might want their children to wear one day.  My thought on this is that I don't want to give them a bunch of stuff they have no interest in and that has kept my attic full for the last twenty or so years for no reason.  I do have a few boxes of hand me downs for Hope but they are all labeled and waiting for when she hits her next growth spurt.

Clothing/Shoes/Socks - OK, here we go!  I'll go in birth order for each section.

Colby took initiative and started working on his closet.  He might have been influenced by the thought of switching from kid hangers to adult hangers. #itsthelittlethings  Here's the before pics:
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 It really wasn't too bad.
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
Being the typical first born, he followed the method and took everything out of his closet!
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
He even vacuumed out his closet! #favoriteson

And...now for the AFTER!
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 Even though we had just cleaned out his closet a month ago, he still was able to go through and get rid of another bag full of clothes.  When I asked him if he was sure his reply was, "they just didn't bring me joy, mom." #oksmartiepants
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 After some re-organization, he now has a drawer with nothing in it!
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 At first he wasn't on board with the folding method but after a week or so of it being like this, it's growing on him!
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Marie just gave out a little scream.  Yes, he still wants to keep his socks the non-KM way.
I don't mind as long as he keeps it tidy.  Apparently socks bring him lots of joy!

And, now for Holden...here's her before pics:
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 Not too bad - just cluttered
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
 ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
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not horrible - but not that great either

I worked with Holden and we took EVERYTHING out of her closet!
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 It's time consuming but this truly is the best way to clean out your closet!
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And, it does get WAY worse before it gets better!
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 Holy heck!  We had just cleaned out her closet in December - I swear!  We were able to downsize a lot simply because of a recent growth spurt.
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 Holden likes to sew so she also stores extra sewing supplies in her closet.
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In the middle of cleaning out her closet, we had to leave for her brother's basketball game.  This is what was waiting for us when we got back!  #herewego

And now...the afters!!!
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ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
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definite improvement!
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ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
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do you see all that empty space?! #KonMarimethodworksforme

Hope's clothes had the least amount of work to do.  Why? 1) We had just cleaned her closet out and 2) she hates anything with "sleeves and legs" so there just isn't much to choose from!  :)

Here's her befores:
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summer clothes kept out of reach! :)
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ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
 Hope LOVES tutus!  Completely off topic but if you have a little girl who loves tututs too, check out Pick Your Plum.  For less than $10 each, you can't go wrong!  We've had these tutus for years!  Wash, dry, wear!
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I opted to break the KM rules again - Hope's socks will stay tucked together!  It's just easier...for now!
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ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4

And now, the afters!
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ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
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It feels so good to have that completed!  Now to work on keeping it tidy!!!

Sports Uniforms - Much like the costumes from last week, I completely forgot to do this section!  I have a box of outgrown sports stuff in the attic that I was waiting to donate.  The time is now!  I'll get it out of the attic tomorrow!

Misc. - There really wasn't anything miscellaneous for us to go through.  For fun, I thought I would share side by side results so that you could see how much of a difference a few hours of cleaning out made.  (Really just proving to myself that it's worth it to keep going!)
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ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
ordinary to extraordinary - Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 4
And that wraps up week 4!!!

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


Next week is books.  I'm not a big book collector so this should be an easy week!  Check back to see how my progress is going with the KonMari method!

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Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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20 comments:

  1. Everyone's closets look so great! As I was getting dressed this morning I just kept telling myself I have got to let go of more....I seriously could never wear all the crap in my closet and repeat and outfit...and sometimes I WANT to repeat an outfit!!!

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    1. Thanks, friend! It's definitely a lot of work but SO worth it in the end! So far I haven't missed one piece of clothing that I got rid of!

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  2. I just love seeing the transformation!!!! Great job! Still waiting to get back into my new kitchen, so I have put off reading the book until all of that is done! Pantry should start today and since it is all empty, It should be a piece of cake putting it back. Right??? HAHA fingers crossed!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim! We are about to get to the hard part! I'll have to keep looking back at the before/after pictures and reminding myself it's worth it! :) Good luck with your pantry! A blank slate is always the best to work with! Let me know how it goes!!!

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  3. So motivational!! Makes me want to go through my closet and drawers! Do you think my husband would let me go through his??? He has a drawer of t-shirts that I would LOVE to go through and eliminate about have of them!

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    1. Thanks, Nina! It definitely is freeing walking in to a closet where I love everything in it!!! You'll have to read the book. Marie Konda makes you focus on your stuff before you can tackle anyone else's! ;) You would have to save that t-shirt drawer till the end! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great week!

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  4. I need to try this! But I'm afraid everything I have might bring me joy. :(

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    1. I think you would be surprised! I've trashed and donated so much stuff and I haven't missed one single thing! Come join me! There's power in numbers!

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  5. My kids are not on board with this idea just yet, but this is impressive stuff. I am still chuckling about the no legs or arms idea, tricky!

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    1. They's come around, Julia! It's a slow process - all other areas of my house are a disaster but, thankful to say, the areas that have been KMed have stayed clean and clutter free! Makes me want to tackle all the other weeks quickly just to have a clean house!!! Keep trucking! You've got this!

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  6. Wow! What a difference! I keep thinking I'm going to read that book but just haven't yet. You have DEFINITELY inspired me. I love the transformations. It makes a difference!

    Katie
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    1. You should check it out, Katie! It's an easy read - promise! Thanks so much for your sweet words! It's definitely been a challenge but I'm anxious to work through the next 20+ weeks! I appreciate you stopping by! Hope you'll continue to follow my KM journey!

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  7. Wow!! KM IS making a difference! I love Holden's doggie and crown hooks.
    Hope's shoes- genius!! I need to do that with my grand baby's shoes! WE can never find the mates!
    Great job!

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    1. Thanks! It really is making a difference! Just wish I had more time to devote to it! Slowly but surely, right?!

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  8. I have to say that I'm impressed. I keep hearing about this KM method and don't really know much about it. I also must confess that taking /everything/ out of my closet and trying to decide what to get rid of is sort of terrifying to me. Plus I'd need to learn how to fold things so they go into drawers neatly...

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    1. It's definitely worth checking out! I was a bit skeptical at first but figured my current method wasn't working. I bit the bullet and am trying to do as the book says. YES, taking everything out of my closet was daunting but seeing how much stuff I have was an eye opener! Now I'm working with the space I have and only keeping what fits. It's definitely been a life changer! You should join me!

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  9. WAY TO GO! I can't believe you are tackling your kids closets and rooms too! That's a whole new level of KonMari methoding! I am on the first round so far of my clothes and it's been pretty good. I'm hoping to stick with it as well as you are!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tina!!! Well...the kids don't have much choice! ;) They can either help or have me do it - so far they always want to help! Don't you find that it's been freeing?! My only regret is that I don't have more time to devote to it! I'm so glad you are on this journey with me! Makes me feel less alone in all the stuff! :) Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great day!

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  10. I'm loving this series and so inspiring too! Thank you for sharing the journey with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie! I'm loving the challenge {so far}! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll come back and keep following my journey!

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