For those of you that know me well, you’ll know what this means. For those of you not in the know, this is it…
I’m a Konvert! I’m following the Kon Mari method by Marie Kondo. You can find out all about Marie and her method here.
Why did I choose to do this method?
I felt like the house was closing in from all the stuff. I think we go through different stages in our lives of collecting and shedding.
My husband and I moved out of our respective family homes when I turned 21, into the home we are living in today. We only had the stuff from our bedrooms so we needed to build the supplies you need for a whole house. With my 21st came traditional 21st birthday gifts, all of which, very well received. Dinner sets, serving bowls and plates, sheets, vases and cutlery. Our mothers then started going through their cupboards and kindly passed on all manner of objects that they thought we needed. I thought so too seeing as they’d had them. We carried on accumulating things for probably seven years.
Our daughter was born in 2011 and we undertook a relatively large renovation. I’ll go into that renovation in another post. The renovation was such that we had to completely empty the house and store all our belongings in a storage pod and house-sit at my sister-in-law’s for three weeks. At this time my tastes started to change. I no longer wanted the beech coloured furniture. I was sick of the hand me down couches that didn’t match and having to constantly fix the blue covers we purchased from Spotlight.
It was around this time that I started to get rid of little bits and pieces. In around August 2012 I came across a spring cleaning/organising group on Facebook which started in September. The checklists on offer for each area of the house were fantastic for going through each cupboard and advising the best way of cleaning the different appliances etc.
I found it hard to keep up with the weekly challenge. Even though it was only one room week, I had upped my days at work from two days per week to four days per week and had recently fallen pregnant with our son. I persevered though, and as I had time, I started cleaning out cupboards with gusto. But some things kept me back from getting rid of as much as I wanted to.
- I might need that someday.
- My mum bought that for me.
- My mother-in-law bought that for me.
- My husband bought that for me.
- Someone bought it for me.
- That cost me $???.
Great excuses, aren’t they?
So whilst a lot of things did leave the home, with two young children the rate of accumulation exceeded the rate of what we were getting rid off.
Now I don’t want you to think that we were hoarders. That is actually a very serious issue, usually needing some form of counselling and the assistance of a specially trained professional organiser to assist them with decluttering the stuff. There was just more stuff in this house than I could handle.
Then followed the usual haze of night feeds, two children under 2 1/2 and everyday life and things stalled again.
It’s probably about a year ago now that I purchased The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I bought the iBook version so that I could read it on my phone anywhere I went. Namely on the train on my commute each day. Little did I know, I was helping myself out by not purchasing another physical item that would clutter up my home. I devoured the book. Simply, it just made sense.
The very basic premise of the book is to consider whether the items in your home bring you joy.
Now for those of you that have read it, I don’t empty my handbag out every day. I don’t talk to my clothes. But the act of really thinking about each item and whether or not it sparks joy, really helped in making decisions on whether an item should stay or go.
Remember those excuses? It felt like the book gave me permission to let go of things that other people may have bought me or our family, that didn’t bring me/ my family joy.
The other thing that I like about Marie Kondo’s method, is that you gather all like items from around the home before you commence culling and sorting. Until you see the quantity of clothing amassed together, the ridiculous amount of pens and other stationary items, you don’t really have an understanding of how much stuff you’ve got.
For anyone that has read the book, you know that attending to your own belongings first is the key and commencing with your wardrobe is the first activity. Over the next little while I will show you the results from my KonMari’ing, with my wardrobe up first.