Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 5

While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
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! I've talked to and read about so many people taking this challenge!  I love being encouraged and inspired by the results of others - I hope you get a small dose of that here too!

This week's challenge was all about books - general books for pleasure reading, phone books, cook books, note books, visual/picture books, magazines, reference books, dictionaries (does anyone even have one of these laying around?!), children's books, and textbooks. Basically anything that is bound.  Out of all of the weekly challenges, I knew this week would be relatively easy.  We have a couple of girls in town who have started a non-profit, Books and a Blanket, so we regularly clean out and donate to their awesome cause.  But, because I'm a rule follower ;) I wanted to go through our books and see if we could purge even more!  Here's a few before/afters of the progress!

*TRUTH STATEMENT - We 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!


Imagine what it would be like to have a bookshelf filled only with books that you really love. - Marie Kondo

We started with Holden's room...
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
This is the before - not so bad, huh?
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
Making sure to follow Marie's method, we pulled all the books off her bookshelf.  Then she sorted - keep, save for Hope, and donate.

Unread books - I'll read it "sometime" means "never" - add it to the discard pile!

And here's the after pics!!!
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
This was a quick and easy process for her - this took her about 15-20 minutes to complete from start to finish.

Keep only those books that will make you happy just to see them on your shelves, the ones that you really love. 
- Marie Kondo

While Holden was working on her books, I tackled Hope's books!
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
I would love for nightstands to stay clear but it's just not gonna happen!  ;)  We'll try to keep the stack of books manageable!
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
Again, nothing life-changing but we were able to clean out a bag and a half of books - but we added quiet a few from Holden that she will enjoy when she starts reading chapter books.
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
Colby also worked on his bookshelf too!
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
It's far better to read the book that really grabs you right now than one you left to gather dust for years. 
- Marie Kondo
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
The differences are really subtle (sorry!) but what I've learned with kids and the KM method is they are more about how long it takes versus the before/after! ;)  They just want it done - and that's ok.  Learning to get rid of a few things here and there that no longer bring them joy is a process and I'm so glad they are learning it at a young age!
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
And here's my stack - I see where the girls learned to stack books on their nightstand from...
While I'm Waiting...KonMari method week 5 - books
Much, much better!

Next week is paper.  Actually, I'll be on paper for the next two weeks!  This one is going to be hard for me - not that it's hard to throw away paper - it's hard to find the time to devote to going through stacks of papers - whether it be toss, keep, or handle.  And, this will be one of those that are hard to share the before pictures.  Yikes!  Check back to see how my progress is going with the KonMari method!  And, in case you've missed any of my journey, you can find the previous weeks' links here:

week 2 - clothes
week 3 - clothes, cond't
week 4 - children's clothes

If you are still wondering if The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing book is right for you, I urge you to at least read it and give it a try.  I was at the point where I knew my current method wasn't working and thought I might as well give it a try.  So far I'm loving it!  Still a long way to go but SO worth it!  Join the journey with me!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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38 comments:

  1. I give books I don't want to re-read to libraries. I don't think I have a single book I don't adore.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. That's awesome, Janie! I'm glad you are surrounded by joy!

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  2. Making progress friend. Paper trails...that one will be tough I'm sure. Especially when it comes to their artwork, school papers, etc. I'm glad I don't have that to contend with anymore. BTW, I have added 2 more students to my class this week. So I'm up to 9. Would it still be possible for Holden to make 9 pet beds? I know she is busy, but Pet Week is in March and I was surprised to get two new ones. Let me know if it is a problem. Didn't want to make it harder for her. Thanks!

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    1. Yes - paper trails... And the fact that I love to scrapbook makes this harder because I don't like to keep everything, but I do like to keep certain things that I think would be perfect in their books... The struggle is real!

      Yes! She can absolutely do that! She's had it laid out to work on - I just need to remind her. She's got half of them completed - just needs to finish the others. Two more is perfectly fine! We'll get those 9 mailed to you asap!!!

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  3. I'm really enjoying following along with you as you journey through each task. The paper is going to be difficult. Paper has always been a sore issue with me. I can get everything organized but fail to keep it up. It's great that your kids are so involved with this process.

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    1. I'm so glad you're here, Ashley! YES!!! I'm so good at going through but keeping up with the organization is my weakness! Why is it so hard?! I just get overwhelmed then give up! I'm hoping this time will different! Nothing to lose, right?! :) Hope you have a great weekend! Come back next week to see my progress!

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  4. What really changed my thinking after reading KM was the idea to keep things that only spark joy. THAT is life changing!

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    1. Crazy hos something so simple can be so life changing, huh?! I ask myself all the time, "does this REALLY bring joy?!" My kids joke when they are fighting that I'll get rid of them if they don't bring me joy! Hahaha!

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  5. Holly, I am doing a KonMari Challenge throughout the whole year of 2016 as well. We will have to team up for some weeks! We are doing paper starting on Friday at Faith Filled Parenting!

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    1. That would be fun! I've found that leaning on others for support has been a huge help for me! Just when you get ready to give up, someone's there saying, "you've got this!" Good luck as you continue with the challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. I need to read this book I keep hearing so much about it! I should definitely sort through my books, I have so many from college still that I will never read again! That's great you were able to get through all your books and the kids'!

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    1. Yes! You should definitely read it! Those books from college - I bet they bring you absolutely no joy! And, even if you did get rid of them and realize you need to look something up - there's always the internet! (we are so spoiled!) Thanks so much for stopping by and following my journey!

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  7. This is interesting! Pls do Link UP at the Practical Mom Link Up! I’d love to see you there :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I just linked up - thanks for letting me know!

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  8. One thing I've learned about books are that they never go out of style. I have decluttered by selling them at a yard sale and years later wish I never had. I would like to have a wall to wall room of bookshelves to house every book I've ever bought or received. I gave away a lot of the boys books from when they were little (once they were in middle school) and I totally regret it. :( We just had too many books, but is that really such a thing?

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    1. So very true about books never going out of style. That's the beauty of the KonMari method. The question you ask yourself is, "does this bring me joy?" If the answer is yes, you save, if it's no, you discard. The answer could be different to each person who purges their stuff but you are in total control. Thankfully, I haven't regretted any of my decisions - so far! I appreciate you stopping by! Hope you have a great week!

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  9. I've started the Kon Marie method before Christmas, but kind of got distracted with the holiday season. Books are what we really need to work on now. Maybe I'll get to it this week after seeing your before and after pictures. I love decluttering; if only I could get my kids to love it,too. Found you at #Intentional Tuesday!

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    1. This method is awesome but, wow, it takes forever! And, yes! It's so easy to get distracted (come back soon for my week 6 recap and you'll see just what I mean!). The good thing with books is that they are pretty easy to go through. I'm so glad you found me! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to 'see' you around again soon!

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  10. Wow, Holly! I have always loved books and as a result of having been a teacher and a counselor for many years, I have accumulated many books. They are like friends to me in many ways. Some of them are out of print and no one still says it as well as that particular author. When I left teaching to become a clinical counselor, I gave tons of books and resources away. When I retired just over a year ago, I gave many away as well and it was difficult indeed. We still have 4 sets of bookshelves in our home. The rule of thumb we are now trying to achieve is no new book comes into the house that we expect to keep without giving one up. Additionally, I have a friend who has recently gone into private practice and I am slowly letting go of some of the professional books as well. Sigh.....

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    1. I'm definitely adopting the one in, one out method from here on out!!!

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  11. I did the KonMari method with our clothes and it was great. I had already gone through our books before reading her book. I was waiting so long to get it from the library - my sister finally bought it as a surprise for me for my birthday!

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    1. What a sweet sister! Didn't you love how it felt after having your clothes KMed?! Life changing, for sure for me!

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  12. love all the great work you did, so much organization now much easier to find I am sure
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    1. It is absolutely easier to find stuff now, Angie! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

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  13. I typically go through our books when we move. The last time we moved we got rid of a whole bunch of them! I used to buy books as kind of a "collection" but when we moved from a house to an apartment I decided to downsize. I still have a lot of books but I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't buy any more. Public library to the rescue!

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    1. Yes! The public library is a great way to get your "fix" for books without adding to the clutter! Great tip! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you'll come back as I continue to share this journey!

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  14. You are doing an amazing job of tidying up! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you so much, Elaine! Slow and steady but I'm making progress and that's the point! Thanks so much for hosting! I'll see you tomorrow!

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  15. Holly, I'm enjoying the series and appreciate you sharing with us at Brag About It. I am a book lover, however I only purchase books for myself that I truly love and will read again. I go through the kids books every year and purge and donate. Keep up the good work!
    ~Laurie

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurie! They are fun {so far!} to put together! I love seeing the quick results. Still a long way to go but I think I can! Thanks so much for hosting Brag About It and for stopping by! Hope you're having a great week!

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  16. We've started doing a slightly different version of decluttering, and I have to say, it often takes us multiple passes to get things down to where they should be! I think once we get rid of some stuff, it helps get us more into the mindset too. :)

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    1. Absolutely, CJ! I'm definitely learning that less is more - WAY more!!! Good luck with your decluttering! We can do this!

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  17. Books are sooo hard for me! Especially all the kids books that we love to read, or cycle through and read more in different season!

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    1. So true - we have our favorites and I keep those but knowing our space and only keeping what fits has been a life saver!

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  18. I love the feeling of decluttering. I love that you share how it's a process!

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    1. Me too! I just wish it didn't take that long! Thanks for following my journey!

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  19. Oh Books! How I love thee! I had books from my teens, ahem, 40 years ago! And I loved them! but they had been in books for over 12 years. Did I really love them??
    So I too, bit the bullet, and donated 4 boxes full. And I haven't missed them at all! And other people are reading them now! (Hopefully!)

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    1. That's awesome!!! I know your books blessed so many people! I would much rather pass them on to continue being read than to hang on to them.

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