the KonMari Method

KonMari Chapter 2: Arts ‘n Crafts

Whew. Parade season is finally over so I can really focus on my sparkly tidying again.

I decided to put off going through my books because most of them are in storage. The ones in my posession are already tidy-ish enough, and then the rest are on my Kindle. I could go through my Kindle and remove books but I think I’ll save that for when I have all my books in one spot.

So I’m putting off books and creating my own chapter.

Kurtis ordered me a set of decorative boxes that were supposed to have an owl print. They showed up with a Paris theme print. I’m not too happy about that but I do like the Paris print. He also ordered me a filing box. I haven’t gotten into paper-tidying yet but I am putting any papers I find in the filing box. The former set was a bit pricey but they’re nice to look at and I can organize my arts ‘n crafts things in them.

So I’ll be honest and say there’s still more crafty things in the room that I need to organize, as well as the storage shed. But I organized all the things I use or want to use the most, and would be easier to deal with. I think I need more boxes for the rest but I’d rather just get rid of stuff. We’ll see! Also: I keep finding little things that I didn’t see before that need to be put away. So I feel like this isn’t a very complete representation of a final stage.

So here is the area to the left of my desk, minus the yarny project bag. Ignore that ugly brown box. It just has cables and Nintendo 3DS stuff in it.

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Bones says hi.

Yes, that’s a piano bench with storage under the lid. I used to keep dolls in there.

And here’s some shots and rambles about the different containers.

So. It’s coming along. I did give away/toss some stuff. Not much, and I know I need to do more. I’d ideally love to fit the rest of my crafty stuff into these boxes but it’s going to be a rough ride.

What seems to keep me from really getting rid of a lot of stuff is that I sunk a lot of money into these things. Some of it just recently. I’m terrible at selling things and I don’t want to just give things away (dat bead collection… dat hurt, bro).

Ok so the next chapter is going to be papers I think. I’m sure I have some in storage but I think it’ll be fine to do what I have in person, since I have a nice box for them. I don’t have hangy file folders but that’s ok for now.

KonMari Chapter 1: Clothes

So I tackled clothes tonight. Here are some unhelpful photos.

I piled ALL my clothes (minus socks, undies, costumes, but including seasonal and no-longer-fitting things) on my bed:

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I went through errything and folded all the keepers. I did a quick ‘n sloppy version of the KonMari folding method. Here is everything, minus socks, undies, seasonal, and costumy things:

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Here’s my sock/undies/jammies!

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Shirts! Including stuff that is certainly going to be too warm here in New Orleans:

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Last but not least, my pants/shorts/short skirts and leggins! Aaaaand I’m actually not sure where my pants are but they belong there too. But look at all that extra space!

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I have some stuff (a couple dresses, long skirts) hanging in the closet and I even have more dresser space, like a whole empty drawer and another one that has random doll junk in it. I’m sharing a dresser with my BF who has 3 drawers. He doesn’t use them so I’m tempted to steal them to store other things.

Oh! Here’s what I got rid of! It’s a lot of stuff. Not as much as I would like, but certainly more than I thought I would get rid of, especially considering how many times I’ve purged the last several months.

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Overall I have to say it was a pretty fun and easy process. I like this kind of thing so it didn’t bother me at all. But what really surprised me was how freeing it was. Like I was given a proper excuse to get rid of stuff. Kind of like being given a gift card for a store you always wanted to shop at but never could.

I can’t wait to move on to the next chapter in this process, which is books! Most of my books are in storage but I do have some with me. I got rid of some recently I think so it probably won’t be as effective as doing my clothes.

*edit* I forgot to mention all the seasonal/costume/unfittingbutstilljoyful things went into my suitcase which went into the closet.

The KonMari Method

Last night while I lay in bed poking through Facebook, I came across an article about a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I can’t remember who posted it but I did look into the book and it got me all excited to start this. I’m not going to buy the book at this time but I do have a firm idea of the process.

It’s basically an enhanced version of what I already do, crossed with the old “everything in it’s place, a place for everything” saying. You wouldn’t be able to tell by observing my personal surroundings, but I really -do- like the idea.

What you do is go through different categories of “stuff” instead of by room or section: Clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and sentimental items. You pick up one item at a time and if it does not “spark joy”, discard it.

This makes so much sense to me. Instead of being surrounded by “stuff” I’ll be surrounded by things I love. I understand the spark because I feel it every time I see one of my dolls or something pretty I made, so that part is going to be easy for me. I can just imagine diluting the stuff so that the sparky stuff can really shine.

The hard part is figuring out what to do with all my arts and crafts supplies. I am such a failure at knitting and such, and that really brings me down. The clutter that comes from all this is hard to organize in the space we have, but I also love the process (usually) and when the end product isn’t a complete mess I feel really happy about it. So I already see a problem there. I wish I didn’t have so many hobbies and interests! I say it all the time and I really mean it.

Today I was wondering where else I can apply this method to in my life, so I tried it out on my PC tablet. I went through all my apps and got rid of whatever didn’t make me happy (except Facebook, I hate that fucking shit but I need to stay in contact with some people). I got rid of a lot of apps that I liked but didn’t use that often and weren’t too fulfilling. It felt good!

What else can I apply this to? My Facebook friends? Making art?

I think today I’m going to work on my clothes. I’m always happy with my wardrobe. Part of it is because I feel like I should stick with one style when I like so many. Another part is because I’ve gained weight and my most favorite items don’t fit. And then it’s like I have so many random things, things given to me, etc. I’m not very stylish and just don’t know how to make things work, especially when I’m not really excited about an item. So I’m always getting rid of clothes but with this tidying method maybe it’ll help me be more content with my clothes.

After I do all this I’m going to start trying to invest in nice storage solutions like pretty boxes. I hate having things in random shitty boxes and totally scattered. I want storage that sparks joy!

*Disclaimer: Don’t be offended if I toss out something that means something to you or you gave me or whatever. It’s not a personal attack or statement against you, I’m just trying to make my place sparkly. I still love you, I just don’t necessarily love the thing.