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I finally have been able to complete my first Konmari Day! Yes, it was a week late, and this post is almost (cough, cough) a month late but the hubby ended up getting the flu and we have been enjoying this PA weather!
None the less, the process did end up taking all day and I still have some cleaning that I need to do, but here are the results!
I went from this:
I mean I think that’s pretty amazing!
If you’re interested in working on the clutter around your house I read the book, The Magic Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. The book takes you through how she created her method of tidying and why many other ‘cleaning up’ methods just do not work. If you are interested in reading the book you can buy it here. If you’re not so much of a reader I have found a great cheat sheet for you on Making Lemonade’s blog. Or here is another great example of what this method can do for your life from that Organic Mom.
One of the steps is to take everything out of your closet(s) and put it all in a pile on the floor, so this was my pile:
I was going to stand next to it in one of the pictures to show how tall the pile was, but I didn’t like how I looked in the picture(s)… yes, there were multiples taken… I’m still struggling with self-image, but I am hoping that will change soon! Anywho! This pile was up to my shoulders! That didn’t even include the piles that I had already started on (you can see the black bags in the background).
In order to keep myself sane, I had divided the items into 5 different piles: sparks joy. selling, giving back to my mom, donating, and trash. When I did this it made it SUPER simple to decide where to put everything!
Only a few items sparked joy because my body has changed so much and the book says not to hold on to items for the ‘what-if’ days, which in all honesty I thought was going to be very difficult for me because I so long to return to my pre-pregnancy weight. Once I got past this I was able to sort each pile carefully and I ended up with these piles:
I started to sell my clothes on Facebook, Instagram, and Poshmark. So far I have had luck with Facebook and mostly Poshmark.
As you can see I only have 9 items on there and I have sold all but 3! My family has found this pretty interesting and they want to start selling items as well so we will see if we can get a little business going here ;).
Before tackling my clothes Asa and I have started decluttering throughout the house and we’ve done the dishes and utensil draw.
In our dish cabinet, we’ve chosen to only use two items (except plates) of each utensil. 2 drinking cups, 2 bowls, 2 coffee cups, 2 wine glasses, and 4 plates. We decided to have 4 plates because that way one set can be in the dishwasher while we are using the others. We did not get rid of the other cups, plates, and bowls we stored them away in a not-so-easy location so that we weren’t tempted to get to them. But, this way we are able to get them out if we have guests over and they don’t feel like they have to be restricted and/or uncomfortable. Actually, Asa’s dad came to the house over the weekend and he opened the cabinet and said, “Is this all you have?…” Then Asa had to explain… poor guy!
(A picture of the cabinet would go here, but because we have so few dishes in the cabinet now it didn’t make for a pretty picture!)
We also paired down the utensil drawer by deciding what multiples we have and what really needs to stay.
Asa and I have T-Fal pots and pans, so keeping metal whisks and such didn’t do us much good. If we had two or more spatulas, we just picked the one that we used the most, or that made the most sense! Since doing this we haven’t had any problem closing the drawer, which keeps us happy, and we have lots of room in the dishwasher!
I’m so curious to hear from those who have already done the Konmari Method in your home! If you have any tips and tricks, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!