clutter busting

My Mess is waiting to be a Masterpiece – my KonMari update

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve officially started organizing using the KonMari method and I am starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel – as well as some floor and chair space previously being taken up by discarded clothing!

One of KonMari’s rules is to start with one item (clothes – then broken down into further categories, makeup, bags, etc) and gather every like item in that category and organize it before moving on to the next. Another rule is to hang very little – that folding is the way to go.

I admit I get distracted easily, and I’m dealing with so much clutter right now that it’s extremely hard to force myself to only work with one group at a time…sweaters, sweaters…hey there’s that book I want to read next! I can see the validity of this method however, and am trying hard to stay on track. It does suck when you get everything put away perfectly in a home…then you find 2 more items that you Just. Can’t. Fit. In. And it ruins everything.

In what feels like I’m giving the middle finger to the no-hanging method, I have bought 200 hangers. These are thinner and sleeker than the wooden ones I had before, and they all match. I own a lot of dresses, skirts, jackets, and other items that truly would look better hanging, so although KonMari asks that we hang very little – I NEED to hang! Forgive me KonMari I have sinned…but this truly is a compromise as I normally hang just about everything other than underwear, so please bear with me.

My house is a mess waiting to be a masterpiece so let’s hope KonMari is the answer! Stay tuned!hangers

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LET’S DO THIS! Organizing with KonMari

A few years ago I wrote a post about how I was going to get organized and de-clutter…as you may have guessed knowing I have a toddler – that was easier said than done!

I’ve been reading a lot of organizing advice lately in hopes that something will finally snap into place. But sadly I seem to have been taking 2 steps forward – then 2, or even 3, steps back – over the past few years. My toddler doesn’t help – she believes it’s her right to dump EVERY toy out of her toy box in order to play with the one which was already on the top!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to mention that people who gift toddlers items that include many small items and tiny parts should be banned from your life immediately – unless they would like your child to play with their toys at THEIR home!

The ‘KonMari’ System of Organization entered the scene about a year ago and I’ve heard buzz about it – and seen the book around – but for the most part ignored it. Then, about a week ago, I stumbled upon a few blog posts from people raving about this system and how it actually worked for them.

Long story short – I’ve now got the book in my hot little hands and am ready to go! Am I skeptical – HELL YES! Am I hopeful – again, HELL YES! I’ve already started flipping through it and the advice IS totally different than anything I have seen before – so maybe this IS it – the solution me, and my family, have been looking for all along.

So I’m putting it to the test – and will share the good, bad, and likely ugly, as I go along.  If this works for me – after 37 years of messy, semi-hoarding, behavior, and with everything a toddler comes with – then you know it is truly a life-changing system.

Watch out closets – here I come!konmaripic

Clutter Busting

Lately I’ve seen more than a few blog posts and magazine articles talking about how getting rid of clutter in your home greatly affects everything from your health to your relationships with others. However I’ve always felt that I’ve thrived a bit on my clutter. Anywhere I’ve ever lived has had piles of magazines, overflowing closets and just a lot of STUFF. When I previously worked in an office my desk was usually piled high. But it always worked for me, I always knew where things were and finished tasks on time. I always figured, why bother cleaning up, I didn’t need to change anything – my life was pretty great the way it was, so obviously the clutter theory didn’t apply to me. I’m nowhere near close to being featured on that Extreme Hoarders show, but I do tend to keep a lot of unnecessary things around.

 

Now that we have a baby, who requires more stuff than we ever even imagined, AND our family home (aka our storage unit) has been sold we need to find room in our house – NOW! I’ve already been working hard on the purging part – getting rid of 23 large bags of clothes and about 15 boxes of books – and now need to find a proper place for everything that’s left. I’m working hard to make our house a home for my family and I would like to be a better role model for Babygirl and be able to teach her how to be organized.

 

I have visions of how our home will look once I finish the purging and organizing, and I like what I see. It will take a while longer but we’ll see how things turn out. Now that I have more aspirations and plans for the future, maybe this is just what I need to do. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong and there will be something to the clutter theory.