I absolutely hate clutter. You might disagree with me if you ever came over to my house, but seriously, clutter gives me anxiety. If I walk into a room and it’s overcome with clutter, the only way to get myself down off the ledge is to start organizing. Organizing is like a compulsion for me. It’s a way of life. #mandatory Which is especially fun because I live with one of the least organized people on the planet.
A few years ago I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organization by Marie Kondō. I highly recommend it if you feel like all of the stuff in your home/life is holding you back from something.
While there were a few things I couldn’t get behind in her book, overall I thought it was a good exercise so I took the time and effort to follow her methods. It’s quite an undertaking, but I ended up purging so much stuff and it felt sooooooo good. I don’t think my house has ever been cleaner than once I was finished and I’ve kept up with several of her methods. The way she folds clothes, in particular, has changed my dresser drawers forever.
That being said, I haven’t really followed the rule very well about getting rid of stuff as you bring in new stuff. Or the rule about really determining the value of stuff before I buy it. I have instant buyer remorse some times when I bring something home and take it out of the bag. Still need to work on this!
One of the things that I have been good about is not holding onto things that aren’t adding value to my life, no matter how much I spent on it. That’s a big thing for a lot of people, right? Someone gives you a gift or you spent a good chunk of change on something you thought would be helpful (kitchen appliances) or that you’ve always wanted (lovely dress or handbag), but you don’t use/wear/carry it. And a lot of the times you’ve just got to get real with yourself (it wasn’t a smart purchase) and get rid of it. It’s not providing you any value by gathering dust on a shelf. It’s especially hard with gifts. But Marie Kondo taught me that if I’m not gonna use it, it’s just gotta go.
I mean I do get rid of a lot of stuff, but not in the way, KonMari intended. Mine is more of a quarterly purge of bags and bags and bags of stuff that are cluttering up my world. And guess what? It’s Spring, ya’ll!!!! And you know what that means – SPRING CLEANING!!!
Am I the only one who gets excited when I think about cleaning and purging? If so, stop sipping on that Haterade and go clean something.
The toughest challenge for me? Getting rid of books and movies…and handbags. But seriously though, books and movies. Even if I bought them ages ago (which is mostly the case) and never watched them (plastic wrappers and price tags still attached!), there is just this sense of nostalgia by having it on my shelf. I’ve gotten better about purging books, but I could be better, especially since I joined Book of the Month and I’ve got more physical books than usual coming in.