Thanks for stopping by to hear how the decluttering journey is going. I am so excited to be joining up with these other talented ladies and share how we tidy up our homes.
Anderson & Grant
Making it in the Mountains
Dwelling in Happiness
Cupcakes & Crinoline
Lost in the Found
The Happy Housie
We are reading through the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. As I move through this book I want to be completely honest about what I think. Already, I know that there are things that I will find valuable and then there are things that I will not always agree with. I will say though, so far I am enjoying the benefits of what I am learning regarding decluttering and the results. I am going to share what I am doing based off of the book and how I interepret some of her directions. I am showcasing some very real pictures of the process too.
This week’s challenge was to start by decluttering our clothing. Marie Kondo encourages her readers to focus on categories rather than rooms and in doing so the job is focused and gets done all at once. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of a small kitchen renovation therefore I just could not drag out all of the clothing in our entire home into one room and start sorting. In addition, I have a little toddler that has become my decluttering helper so we did not have all day to work on this. One piece of advice I did really enjoy was to sort based on what you DO want to keep, versus what you do not want.
To make this the most clear and helpful I am going to share what and how I sorted…
- I stuck with the rule of, “choosing what I wanted to keep because I enjoyed it”
- I started with the clean laundry and as I folded it – I sorted also.
- I moved into the closet and began pulling out all the clothes. I then put back the things that I wanted to keep and left out the things that were not of value to me.
- I hung clothing in the closet based off of her recommendation from heaviest clothing to lightest.
- I did continue to keep and store my summer clothing after sorted (even though this was against her recomendation).
- One thing I did keep reminding myself, was that we have little closet space and I wanted to be able to use my closet best. So it kept me motivated to get rid of quite a bit, seeing only a fraction could really fit into this shared space.
- I split my declutter session into two seperate times. I started with the closet and then on another day I moved into the dresser.
At the end of it all – I have more space to see my clothes, kept what I felt happy wearing, wore a pair of pants that I forgot I had, and am not missing what I gave away. I would say it was a sucess! I was able to do this in my own time and according to my own interpretation. From my understanding, Marie says you shouldn’t have to do this again if you do it right the first time, so I may not have done it perfect as I would like to spend more time on it. I am okay with that though and would definately recommend trying some version of this. What I loved most was letting go of things that were unnecessary or taking up space and instead focused on what I really liked having and would get the most use. A similar way of thinking on choosing joy in situations and really thinking about the good.
Stay tuned next week as we tackle accessories. Make sure to check out all the other ladies participating in this challenge! Have a great week friends.
Sounds like you made some great progress! I’ve found more than a few things in the book that didn’t necessarily resonate with me, but she definitely has some brilliant tips to share!
Thanks Kristi and same to you! Yes I agree, but she does have some fantastic tips and I approached this declutter differently than ever before which gave improved results. I am so enjoying getting to do this with you all!
Great job! I am also thinking I am going to have to do a second round. It is okay not to be perfect the first time, right?!? 🙂
thank you and great job on yours! Yes I agree, cant wait to keep going!
Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline says
Great job, Annie! I am done (all except for the folding) with my clothes but I’m moving on to my kid’s closets and drawers next. I love what you said about “letting go of things that were unnecessary” – that in and of itself is a life changer!
I am still working on the folding part too Mary Beth! Thanks so much for the encouragement ~
Jamie | anderson + grant says
I’m with you and the girls above and think there are still things that need to go. But it feels so good to have extra space with the things I don’t use gone. I really love how each of us have so many similarities AND differences between what we are doing. Hopefully we all end up with the result of happier, less cluttered lives!
Jamie | anderson + grant says
Clicked post before I finished….I love that you have a decluttering helper!!!
I agree Jamie – it is so much fun to see everyones approach and thier thoughts too. My decluttering helper is ready for this week too – ha! Have a good week friend~
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says
Great work! I really love how Marie suggests to keep things we WANT to keep. It’s such a positive way to look at it all! Can’t wait to see how next week goes! 🙂
Amanda thank you! That was my favorite piece of advice so far. Looking forward to this week!