Monday, June 27, 2016

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life - week 9

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life?  Week 9: electronics and music
I'm not proud of this but it's been nearly four months since I last worked on my KonMari checklist.  For two months I was on a roll and then I hit a giant roadblock - aka life!  But, I'm hoping to jump on the bandwagon again because I've learned that this method isn't easy but it's SO worth it!  All the work that I completed in the first 8 weeks has still held up!  My drawers are still neat with nicely folded t-shirts and my closet still makes me smile when I walk in.  I call that a huge victory!  But, just because I won a couple of small battles didn't mean I had won the war with clutter.  I still have a long way to go but I'm committed to seeing this through till the end.  I would love to have you join me!

This challenge is based on Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing!  Read it, take notes, take a deep breath, and then dive in!  We all deserve to live in a place that brings us joy!

This week's challenge involved electronics and music.  When I originally read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I wasn't sure I could clean out the way she mentioned in her book.  Marie (yes, I totally feel like I would be on a first name basis if I happened to meet her!) focuses on categories.  In my previous purge life, I focused on rooms.  I wanted to go through and organize the whole room - top to bottom, left to right...  My focus and drive would last for approximately one room and then I was ready to give up.  Since what I was doing wasn't working, I thought I would give the KonMari method a try.  After seeing quick results, I was hooked. So, if the thought of electronics and music sounds a bit weird, it is, till you give it a try!

Order is dependent on the extremely personal values of what a person wants to live with. - Marie Kondo

For this week's challenge, I went around and grabbed every cord and electronic device that I could find.  Only once they were all gathered together did I begin to make the decision whether to keep or toss.
Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life?  Week 9: electronics and music
We had cords in multiple drawers, on multiple counters, and plugged in at various places around the house.  This was one area that was driving me crazy!
Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life?  Week 9: electronics and music
Old cameras...so many old cameras!   

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. 
- Marie Kondo

To be completely honest, I wasn't sure what to do with the old cameras and a few other electronic items.  And, I have one more area to clean out that I'm confident will have even more un-used electrical equipment.  With these items, I put in a box to deal with all at once at a later time.
Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life?  Week 9: electronics and music
With the above items out of the way, I was ready to tackle what we actually used.  Mari mentions in her book to visualize how you want things.  This was so easy for me as I had dreamed about this tiny space for some time!

Before you start, visualize your destination.
1. Identify your goal.
2. Identify why you want to live like that - ask yourself "why?" 
- Marie Kondo

Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life?  Week 9: electronics and music
Electronics are a way of life.  This is something that will not change.  What needed to change was the way our family approached the way we stored our electronics.  After evaluating what we had, I created a simple charging station.  This has been a game changer!  No more "mom, have you seen my charger?!" or wires all over the kitchen counter.  This area is definitely one of my favorites!
Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life?  Week 9: electronics and music
 My hubby also installed USB outlets - allowing us to charge all the devices in one spot.
Can the KonMari method of tidying really change your life?  Week 9: electronics and music
 I found the charging station here, the wifi printable here, and the vase at the Target dollar spot!  It's perfect for all those extra cords and headphones!

To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful or shameful. 
- Marie Kondo

Marie also shares a couple other tidbits that I wanted to pass along to you:
* Discard all your empty electronic boxes!  "Turning your space into a storage shed for empty boxes costs you more than what you could earn selling an appliance in a box."
* Toss cords that you cannot identify!  "If you need it, it's quicker to buy a new one."

While I worked through this week's challenge, I was left wondering "why do we have so much stuff?!"

*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!

Question: Why do we have too much stuff?
Answer: Because we do not accurately grasp how much we actually own. - Marie Kondo

It's true.  Until you gather like items together, there's really no way to truly see how much you have.  Going through this process hasn't been easy but it's something that I'm committed to.  Less truly is more!

Thank you for stopping by and checking in to see how the progress is going!  I've missed working on the challenge the last few months but am anxious to continue!  If you are working through de-cluttering and organizing - stay strong!  We can do this!  It really is worth it!

Next week is digital clutter!  This will be a tough one.  If you have any ways that keep your digital clutter under control, please comment!  I could use some fresh ideas!  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
week 5 - books
week 6 - paper
week 7 - paper, cond't
week 8 - office supplies

I also recapped my first few weeks on the KonMari journey and you can read more of that here.
While I'm Waiting...take control of your clutter

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 shot.  I've got a long way to go but I know it will be worth it!  Join the journey with me!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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22 comments:

  1. Wow! I have permission to throw away unidentified cords??? Thank you!!
    I love your charging station! What cord are in that gorgeous vase??

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    1. You absolutely do! :) The vase holds extra chargers (for when we travel and ear buds). Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Love!!!! I just added USB outlet to the list! Keep it up friend - you can do this!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet encouragement! I have to remind myself that it didn't get this cluttered over night. It will take a while to get through. But so, SO worth it!!!

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  3. It has certainly changed the way I fold and organize and store things. Plus I am trying to get my 23 year old to come to the dark side and realize its OK to toss things that no longer bring us happiness! Keep up the good work! Love seeing it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim! I was anti the folding method - till I tried it! Why did we ever fold things the old way?! It makes no sense! And, I love that you're bringing your daughter to the dark side - or maybe it's NOT the dark side and we were living in the dark before! :)

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  4. I wondered when we'd get back to this. I have to deal with my remotes, and I have a plan.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I've been wanting to dive back in but if I can't give my all, it won't happen! Hoping to get through a few more categories before school starts back up! I always feel so much better when things are tidy! Thanks for checking back in!!!

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  5. I'll be returning to this post a number of times in order to really do the work! Thank you.

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    1. Love having you join me, Jean! We can do this!!!

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  6. This is so good! As newlyweds, we now have double the cords, chargers, and electronics, so I need to go through them all and figure out what we really need and what is just lying around causing a clutter.

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  7. Love the USB plug! We need to install of few of those in our house.

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! We've changed out two for now. Definite game changers!

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  8. Hi Holly, Great post! I hope to read the previous ones as time allows. Thanks for sharing,Janet

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    1. Thanks, Janet! Happy to have you following my journey! Would love for you to stop by again soon! Have a super weekend!!!

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  9. Cords, batteries and keys are always the clutter monsters I never know how to organize.

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    1. Cords are tough! I was found a fabulous battery holder (pretty sure it came with a big package of batteries from Sam's) and it works fabulous! Holds multiple batteries of multiple sizes. Sadly, I haven't been able to find another one. Amazon doesn't even have it! #gasp! :) Proof that the little things add up to a big mess! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, right?!

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  10. WOW...this is so packed full of great ideas! "To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose." This quote is very releasing for me as we are in the midst of pitching and sorting to sell our home...after 20 years! I too have always done so room by room, but this system makes so much more sense. I'm getting this book! Thanks so much for sharing on Fresh Market Friday...this is the heart behind our community...to share what we are passionately intentional about! So glad you are here and looking forward to more! Crystal~

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    1. 20 years! That's impressive - and scary to think about how much could accumulate during that time! We've only been in our house 9 years and, well, ugh! :) It's a great time for you to de-clutter. It will make moving into your new home even better! I think you will definitely like the book! Let me know once you read it what you think! Thanks so much for stopping by and for hosting! Hope to see you Friday!

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  11. I'm so loving my charging station! Even though it's in our bedroom just having it all together has been a huge plus!

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