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First Impressions of the KonMari Method
From a young age I was interested in organizing things and I liked my space to be tidy. I grew up with 3 sisters and my room was always the tidiest.
While I didn’t have a hoarder’s amount of belongings, I did have organized clutter. As I got older and collected more and more stuff, it felt like a never ending cycle of decluttering. I would go room by room and get everything neatly organized and within a few weeks or months it was back to disarray.
Making My House A Home
Currently, I live in an older style rental house with terrible floors and wood paneled walls. Everything is outdated, from the floor to the ceiling. I like the layout and the space the house gives my family, but cosmetically, it is lacking. This year I am really working on making my house a home and updating it as much as I can as a renter. I previously blogged about how I re-did my laundry room and bathroom, but now it’s time for the rest of the house.
As I get to the bigger rooms I notice they need a lot more than just a fresh coat of paint. They need the KonMari method. This is a peek into my older son’s bedroom. As you can see, it has turned into a storage room of sorts since he hasn’t been sleeping in there.
The #1 Recommended Method
I noticed a trend on Facebook of people asking for advice on how to declutter and one common answer was among all threads. The book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up by Marie Kondo, AKA the KonMari method.
I got my hands on a copy of it within a few days, read it quickly, and couldn’t wait to get started. Her method of decluttering and tidying up takes you category by category instead of room by room.
The KonMari method takes somewhat of a minimalist approach where you keep only things that bring you joy. Even though I had just made over my laundry room and gotten rid of a lot of things, I realized I held onto items that could have gone. As I was reading, I was thinking of all the things that were stored in there that I didn’t actually need or want.
Putting The Method Into Action
While I am following her advice and using a majority of the KonMari method rules, I am not going category by category for everything. I have started in my living/dining room and oldest son’s bedroom with the items that I KNEW I could get rid of with no problems. So far this is working. I am even making some money off of selling all the items that are no longer taking up space in my house.
Okay, technically they are still taking up space, but only temporarily. I have the middle of my living room designated as the place to put all items that will be finding a new home.
As a busy single mom – that just started a new year of homeschool – I don’t have a lot of time to do the entire house at once, but I am slowly getting there. I can’t wait until my house is in order and actually tidy! I already notice a change just from the things I’ve already done – Hello, less dusting!
I’m excited to finish so I can show you guys some before/afters.
What are your tips for decluttering and tidying-up a house?