Things I’m Discovering Decluttering

Decluttering again. Yep! I’m about 1/2 way decluttering my belongings via the KonMari method (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo). In a nutshell you go through your belongings seeing if they spark joy in a certain order.

I first read about the KonMari Method from Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers. The title jumped out at me, I was intrigued enough to buy the book and I’m glad I did. Many of Marie Kondo’s clients after putting their belongings and house clutter free discover their calling so to speak. Clients have switched careers, found happiness, gained confidence in themselves, experienced increased fortune.

You start with a vision of how you’d like you home, lifestyle etc to be. One thing in my vision was to feel free. So many times I feel the apartment and previous apartments have dragged me down with constant cleaning and a feeling of crowded thoughts. I don’t want to spend my life cleaning! So I’d though it’ll be fun to share what I’ve ‘discovered’ far:

My handwriting’s messy. I’m making a conscious effort to tidy it up or at least make it more readable.

My signature, WTF. I’m embarrassed now every time I sign it. I did some Goggling on what your signature says about you. Maybe that was how I was, not who I am now. I’ve been playing with changing it. I even signed a receipt with a new style (few shops check now thanks to chip and pin). I felt a slight flutter of rebellion as I wrote not scribbled away like usual. I read up on changing your signature and it’s fine to. Just have to inform banks, etc.

I can see at a glance everything in my wardrobe. This hasn’t happened since I don’t know when.KonMari Method Wardrobe

Pockets of space are opening up. I can feel energy air flow changing. My mind’s beginning to feel calmer. Still crazy thoughts running around, it’s not as chaotic or claustrophobic up in there.

When she says you have all the storage you need, you do. I got a few larger cardboard storage boxes for my clothes and a couple of smaller boxes for my cosmetics, but I’m finding the more I tidy the more storage boxes I have free.

I found the correct lead for the external hard drive after using a substitute for 3 years.

Anything can become anything. Old bags you can’t throw away as they bring too much joy, they can be used as a dust cover for electric fans in the summer (idea taken from her 2nd book Spark Joy) Jewellery boxes become storage boxes. Shoe boxes rule.Cosmetic drawer

Vertical always stores better than horizontal.

Marie Kondo speak’s my language. I was 2 chapters in her 1st book and couldn’t wait to starting tidying. I like her no nonsense take on dealing with tidying as dealing with life.

It’s contagious and it’s addictive. P when he was here over Christmas and New Year, sorted out all his belongings. Once an area or category’s been sorted out, the only way to describe the feeling is an organisers high. A buzz of excitement.

The amount of stuff I’ve accumulated and actually need. I’m throwing out as nearly as much items as moving. I’ve moved 4 times in the past 5 years (I’m not counting 2016 it’s just begun and it as it makes me feel old realising that 2011 while it feels like yesterday, it was 5 years ago. Free wifi was in it’s infancy). Each time throwing out more and more. I’m recycling, donating just as much yet unlike previous times I don’t feel I’m keeping things because that’s what you do. One thing I love about travelling is how few items I take *cough* with me. I’ve always wanted to have a huge guilt free clear out, I just didn’t know how. The KonMari Method’s is my opportunity to.

Embarrassed by how much I have. How can 1 person have so many things!

I’m putting things away and dealing nagging to do list items, phone calls, emails etc sooner. I’m not leaving them laying around for later which only sparks feeling claustrophobic, crawling in head feeling to put them away/do. It’s easier to deal with my gym bag and bags straight away after getting in (or after feeding the cats to avoid protests). Most nights. There are still the occasional nights, bags wait until later.

From this: Stationery items and last electrical items. Stationary and electrical sort out

To this: Pens awaiting allocated storage space. I’m finding that as I go along and especially after reading Spark Joy, I’m reediting categories done. As for the marbles. They make a great DIY foot spa. Place them in a bucket, large plastic bowl with shower or bath gel, warm water and wiggle your feet over them! They should go in the bathroom, but they’ve always seemed to live in ‘stationery’ for some reason. Stationery sorted

Stationery after

I’m beginning to treat the vacuum cleaner with more respect. It’s not an item or chore that brings joy. Vacuuming I only like when it’s done but we get along better now I appreciate the vacuum cleaner more. It doesn’t bump wall corners or the lead getting caught under doors as much.

I don’t feel silly saying thank you to items I’m throwing out. Knowing that gifts, items I purchased but not used, yet feel guilty for not using I’m not just carelessly discarding. I get it’s a physiological thing (maybe not as everything’s made of stardust and it’s all connected), but saying thank you, go make someone else happy, reinvent yourself makes it easier.

People who know me will laugh at this. That it some way I’ve always been drawn to tidy, the Japanese way of orderly lines. I’m not sure if this is you do what your parents do. My Mum’s hoarder. She’ll never admit it, but she keeps everything and yet she’ll make comments. You kinda follow your parents. When I’ve done clear outs with her growing up, it was always, you might need this, keep that, but you it suits you so well, things I wanted to keep went out, you get the picture. I am noticing the more I tidy up, I’m looking like my mum or beginning to come out with her expressions. My Mum’s a great lady, but let’s just say there’s only 1 of my mother and that’s how I’d like to leave it. I’m not sure I’m thinking this way, because I’m tidying up, throwing out items I hear her saying, keep it and it’s my counselling. Maybe it’s me unconsciously consciously not being like her. We all have odd families. Going back to the Japanese orderly lines, I guess I’m drawn to it as it feels minimum, less crowded. Complete opposite of what I’m used to. Like being outdoors with a vast open sky.

Does anyone still use paperclips?Spark Joy, Marie KondoHave you sorted out your home KonMari Method style? What did you discover at the end? Did you feel silly saying thank you to items no longer sparking joy or saying hi to your house?



Outta Excuses

I’m clean outta excuses with my recent blogging schedule. I’ve blamed night naps, but I’m just plain lazy. I had posts lined up, they didn’t happen. I’ll take these 2 weeks off of intermittent posting as a break. I thought you were out of excuses!

Monday I felt like I was on a school run, except it was a cat vet run. Diesel was in early Monday morning for blood tests, then collecting him that evening with AJ for his check up. That no food after midnight before blood tests otherwise they’ll turn in Gremlins doesn’t work. They did turn into Gremlins. Monday mornings protesting for breakfast. They knew just before midnight there was food in their bowls, which I removed much to their digust 30 minutes later. They went for a snack, stopped in front of the bowls as if to say, ‘wait a minute, where’s my food!’. In a effort to feed themselves breakfast while I got ready, they knocked down 1 plant and threw up what they ate of it. Little Gremlins!

Can’t see me now! Diesel
I can see you! Mr D at the vets

He’ll never admit it, he missed his brother while he was at vets. I had a little lamb following me around!Aj

Diesel has hyperthyroidism which explains his odd meowing. Both are on medicine twice a day. AJ’s lost a bit more weight, has intermittent diarrhea and the sniffles, but the vet says it’s a little to early to tell if his medicine’s working. Both back in 2 weeks for a check up. The little fur balls are troopers. Neither like their medicine, catch that cat’s played a lot. D’s medicine seems to be working. His day to day meows haven’t changed which I was concerned about as he’s a great talkative cat. I’ve hardly heard his odd meowing cries. The times he has it’s been in a different tone and I’ve hardly heard them the past 2 days. Still no dried food for either, just loads of chicken. Which is just purfect with them!

One particular book has taken up my time this week, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo recommended by Julie from PBFingers. It arrived Tuesday and I’ve been stuck in it ever since. It’s a self help book in diguise. Basically by sorting out all our clutter we can workout and address other issues. The blurb on the back: ‘The key to successful tidying is tackling your home in the correct order, keeping only what you really love and doing it all at once. This incredibly easy method will not just transform your space, it will change you too. You will feel more confident, become more successful and be motivated to create the life you want.’The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

I often said I feel lighter outdoors, ideas come when I’m cycling, things are clearer when I’m outside as maybe I’m surrounded by less clutter! Literally sometimes I leave, close the door and feel better! But that’s not tackling the clutter issue. I’m hoping it’ll help address those night naps! I’m not sure if you’re to read the book first then start, but after reading the first few chapters I had a urge to start asap! First up is your wardrobe as that’s the easiest place to start. I’m using the book as a follow, read along, working through the areas chapter by chapter. I should have taken a before photo of my wardrobe as I can’t believe how much extra room there is in there just from folding clothes instead of hanging them! I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see everything, but surprisingly I can. Behind the jumpers are gym clothes and jeans which I see them much better than my previous method. I had a big sort out over the summer and thought there wasn’t much more to throw out. But there was and now it’s all lined up for recycling, charity etc. I’m itching to start on the rest of the house, however up next is the sock drawer!

Wardrobe start with my helper Mr DWardrobe start

Wardrobe transformation! Wardrobe Transformation!

Oh and today’s Black Friday! It hit the UK a few ago via Amazon, Europe a little last year and this year it’s taken over Europe! Me thinks there some shopping to be done!

Shopping in the comfort of your PJ’s (please don’t shop out in your PJ’s. Unless it’s an emergency, I can’t think of a bigger no no. Loungewear is just that, loungewear) or battle fellow shoppers and feel the excitement of a discount on something you’ve had your eye on for ages?!