As I mentioned in a previous post, I had started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I finished the book and was desperate to start on what Marie had taught me, yet weekends would come and go and I either had too much to do or had plans I couldn’t drop. I was so desperate to use the KonMari method to tidy up my home that I actually booked a day off work in order to have a three day weekend for the big tidy. That was the weekend just gone.
I’ll start my recollection by stating that I saw this as one of two things I needed to do to clear my head of everything that has been holding me back.In her book, Marie says that pretty much all of her clients have their life change in quite a major (and positive) way upon completion of her method. Once your home is tidy and organised, the rest of your life will follow. I needed this so badly that I actually found myself more irritable than usual when I realised I wouldn’t have time to do it, so I booked the Friday off and forbade anyone from coming over and said no to all invitations to do anything with anyone. This weekend would be for me to do what I needed to do.
I started Friday out by chilling out for some of the morning, playing a few games on my phone, drinking a cup of tea (or two) and just relaxing for a moment. I looked up and made eye contact with my cluttered bookshelf and full clothes airer and decided to start tidying.
The KonMari Method states to start out with your clothes, as they are the easiest item to sort through and will ensure that you don’t falter later on when it comes to more difficult items such as miscellany. I went around the flat and collected all my clothes (except the ones in the wash basket – I put those on to wash), removing them from hangers and drawers and laid them out on the bed. To go through them, she recommends to handle each item of clothing to really make sure you take some time to think about it and decide whether it “sparks joy”. I found myself with four piles of clothes at the end; keep, discard, donate and sell. The latter three piles combined were about double the size of the ‘keep’ pile. Previously, my clothes were crammed onto hangers, a hanging wardrobe divider, a shelf in the wardrobe and two medium suitcases. I now have seven hangers and the hanging wardrobe divider – that is it.
Next was my books and DVDs. I went into this knowing I’d keep the majority of my books as they all make me happy. A quarter of my books and all my DVDs (bar my Studio Ghibli collection and two Disney movies) are being donated. After these comes documents. I’ve not been one for keeping documents I don’t need, so this didn’t take long, but because of it I’ve now got £60 back for a pair of glasses (thanks to my employee health care) and have sorted some other money out!
I have an extensive video game collection, so I knew this would take some effort and time, but I managed it. I think I have around half of my collection to sell as I’m never going to use them. There are bound to be some collectors who want them.
Last was miscellany. I cleared out the random boxes of crap under the bed, threw away bathroom products I’m never going to use and cleared each cupboard in the kitchen. I now need to buy a new face wash as I was using one that I didn’t actually like… crap.
Eventually, on the evening of the Saturday, I collapsed on the sofa next to my other half and breathed out a sigh of contentment. I’m not fully finished – I need to donate and sell the items I no longer want or need, but I have severed the connection and that makes me happy.
Since then I have written my five articles (for last week), kept up with the washing up, gotten up early (today) and written this blog post. I feel a lot happier and healthier in my mind, just by tidying my flat. I know that everything I own makes me happy and I have it for a reason.
I’m sorry if this is painful to read and doesn’t make sense – I’ve not proof read it (and nor will I) as it’s a post from the heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and recommend to others to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and follow her KonMari Method.
Now all I need to do is tackle the other thing that is holding me back… I aim for it to be sorted in the next six months and will update further on when that happens. Until then, I plan on reading The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight.
Have you used the KonMari Method? Let me know how it went for you in the comments section!