Have you heard of the KonMari Method? It’s this popular method of decluttering and tidying. Marie Kondo, founder of the KonMari method, has a Netflix series and has been inspiring people all over America to clean their homes and get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” for them. I decided to KonMari our house, one section at a time, to help declutter and clean up our space because what else are you going to do when it’s the dead of winter and it snows almost every weekend?
Here’s how it works:
The method is simple enough: Go through your home by category + sort through each individual item.
- Gather all your items – Marie Kondo recommends dumping everything in one place all at once before sorting. So go through your closet, dressers, coat cabinets, etc + place all your items from one category in one big, giant pile. Categories can include but are not limited to: clothing, kitchen appliances/utensils, craft supplies, gift wrapping items, various storage closets, etc.
- Keep only the things that spark joy – Now we sort. Hold each individual item in your hands. If you don’t feel an immediate sense of joy, that item is to be discarded or donated.
- Donate or discard the rest – Marie Kondo says to thank the item before placing it in a bag to be donated. It’s graceful way of getting closure for getting rid of an item with strong emotional attachment.
- Organize the remaining items – Now comes the fun part. Each item you keep will have its own designated home! Once you’re done wearing it, it’ll go back to its home. This keeps your space tidy + organized.
What I did:
I decided to clean out my clothes first. I’ve been working on losing weight and I tend to have some…hoarder tendencies when it comes to clothes. What if I magically need this one specific clothing item again someday even though it doesn’t fit me? What if I lose enough weight that it’ll fit me again someday? What if I gain my weight back and will need these larger clothes again?
So, I did just what Marie Kondo said and took out literally every single item of clothing that I own (minus undergarments such as socks, underwear, bras, etc.) and piled them on my bed, starting with the items on hangers.
Can we all just take a moment to laugh at this photo? This is 100% my pile of clothes vs. Ryan’s pile of clothes and I find it hilarious because he always tells me I have way too many clothes but you never really notice how much of a problem you have until you do something like this to literally put it all into perspective.
Slowly, one-by-one, I started going through my clothes and removing any that didn’t “spark joy”. That’s how the KonMari method is done, anyway. Now, did I do exactly this? No…but I did sort through each individual item and and decide to keep or toss it based on a few questions I asked myself: 1) am I ever going to wear this again? 2) do I even wear it now? 3) does it even fit me? 4) why do I think I should keep this?
Once I answered those questions, it either went into a “yes” pile, a “maybe” pile (I have commitment issues lol), a “see if my grandma who is a seamstress can help me fix this to make it fit me a little better” pile or a “nope. get rid of it.” pile. Then, at the end, I went back through the maybe pile and really tried to decide if I needed to keep it or not. By then end of it, I had a pretty large pile of clothes to get rid of! Stuff I just don’t wear anymore, stuff that’s too big since I’ve been losing weight, stuff that’s too small that I’ve been holding on to for “someday”..old t-shirts that I’ve been hoarding in a drawer that I am realistically probably never going to wear again but..what if I do? I did keep some of them to either turn into cut-off workout shirts and some to wear when I’m at home cleaning or working outdoors. But I tried my best to get rid of everything that I knew deep down that I will probably never wear again.
Then, I took pictures of what I’m getting rid of and sent them to a good friend of mine who had mentioned that she wanted to “shop my closet” once I was done. She and her mom came over and went through them and decided what they wanted and they paid me for what they took, but I was more excited just to get that stuff out of my house. I still have a good amount sitting in the second bedroom to bring to the local secondhand store, but I have to wait until different items are in season and whatnot.
I also got Ryan (who was very unwilling) to go through his clothes too and get rid of some of those. He didn’t have near the pile that I did but it was still nice to have him get rid of some shirts he has been holding onto since high school.
I know it doesn’t look like much but I had clothes in two closets and I got it condensed down enough to all fit into one. So that’s a major win for me.
The Second Bedroom
I had some bags of random items that had just been sitting in the second bedroom for a while. My mom had cleaned out my old room/bathroom at their house and gave me bags of items that I had left behind, most of which, for good reason….I didn’t really want most of this stuff anymore. But I guess she wanted me to go through it myself and make the final call on whether to toss it or not. So I sat down and went through each bag and decided either to keep items or toss some of the stuff I knew for sure I didn’t want anymore like less-than-half-full bottles of lotion and hair barrettes from the 90s and perfume that smelled like high school and old curling irons.. I did find some more hair product that I had just run out of, so that was a nice surprise, along with some old CD’s and some other items that I don’t necessarily need but still have some sort of sentimental value to me and so I kept them.
The Front Closet
Next order of business was the closet in our front hallway. This is our random closet that stores our board games, gift wrapping items, extra chairs for our table, vacuum, etc. This was a lot faster to organize and clean out, but I did go through all of the tissue paper and get rid of ones with large tears in them because honestly, who needs to keep that? Nobody. Just some simple cleaning and organizing made me feel SO much better.
The Third Bedroom
Next, I tackled our third bedroom which is 100% a storage room for all of the random stuff we have that doesn’t have a “spot” at the moment. We are guilty of just throwing stuff in there and shutting the door and walking away and forgetting about it until we need to find something and then we go up there and rummage through the stuff to try to find what we are looking for. I keep thinking that maybe once we buy a house, we will be more organized and these things will have their own “place” where they belong but for now, this third bedroom is it. But then I think, why does it have to be this way, though? It doesn’t. So I took care of it.
It. Was. A. Mess.
I sat down and went through different totes and organized them into different categories like random toiletries that had accumulated from previous trips and/or me moving from college, craft supplies, Christmas decorations, other home decorations, photos, Ryan’s stuff (aka stuff for his guns, tvs, etc). It took me a good while to go through everything but once I was done with that room, I felt incredible. I know I sound like a broken record but it’s amazing how having a cluttered space can impact your attitude and mental health.
The Tupperware Drawer of Doom and The Kitchen
I also went through our tupperware drawer of doom and matched what I could with lids and got rid of a bunch of old, flimsy, cheap tupperware we no longer need. I had been buying the cheap meal prep containers from Walmart but they only lasted for a few uses before the lid would break or the plastic would bubble. I wanted something I could reuse but also easily stick in the dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, etc that would LAST. We ended up purchasing this set of 10 Glasslock Food-Storage containers at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $20. One week of using them and I was hooked. I ended up buying another set (24 pieces this time) from someone in my hometown was selling for $25 on Facebook. I’d say we are set for a while. And now, our tupperware drawer of doom is clean and organized! (Minus the lids for the new containers because they are awkward so we just kinda put them on top for now.) I didn’t take a before photo………but in the photo of the kitchen before, you can kinda see some of it taking up space on the counter.
We also had a ton of cardboard that needed to be taken outdoors, pop and beer cans and bottles that needed to go to the garage to be brought to the redemption center, and just a bunch of stuff everywhere. So I cleaned that too and vacuumed and now the kitchen feels so much better. Maybe next I’ll tackle the hutch and some of those drawers. 😉
The Laundry Room
Our laundry room is another room that tends to be a disaster zone. Our laundry is on the main-level of our house and our bedroom is upstairs. We have a tendency to be really good about washing and drying our clothes, but struggle with folding them/hanging them up/putting them away.. We will live out of the clean baskets that are overflowing with laundry or pulling things off the hangers for weeks before finally taking it all upstairs and putting it away. We finally did that on Sunday night and now our laundry room feels so much bigger and spacious. I could take the time to say that starting now I’m going to try to be better about putting laundry away after washing it, but let’s be honest, that habit is one that is probably going to take a while to change.
I also tackled our bookshelves because, I’m not gonna lie, I am one of those people who rarely reads (before you come for my head, I’m working on reading more) and so any book I did pick up along the way, I made sure to put on display on one of our bookshelves to make it appear that I read when in reality I really don’t lol. I went through the books and pulled out many that I don’t care to keep anymore and I haven’t decided if I want to donate them to one of the thrift stores in town or if I want to try to sell them at a garage sale. They aren’t worth much..maybe a quarter or two a piece, so maybe I should just donate them? I don’t know. I didn’t take any photos of these since it was so minimal.
I went through my phone and deleted apps I no longer use/need. I went from 133 apps to 106. I went from 121 notes to 63. (I’m a big note person. I write notes to myself all the time to help me remember things later). And the big one I’ve been working on is deleting photos. When I started working on this about 3 weeks ago, I had 16,396 photos on my phone. I am now down to 6,609 and still working on it. That means I have deleted 9,787 photos off of my phone. Why did I have so many? Well one of the main reasons is that along with being a note person, I also am an avid screenshotter. I take screenshots of lots of different things so I can remember them later. I’ve started going through those and writing down the ones I want to remember or pinning them to my Pinterest so I can find them later and then deleting them. I’ve also been uploading important photos that I want to keep safe like travel photos and photos of big life events to my Google Photos so that I sill have them in the future but they won’t be taking up space on my phone.
For now, I feel pretty good about everything that I’ve accomplished! We don’t have much else that needs cleaned/organized except maybe our computer desk drawers and the bathroom cabinets….and the hutch in the kitchen… and maybe the fridge and freezer lol. But I’ve been trying to do #FreezerFebruary where you try to make meals out of what you have in your freezer….I’m not very good at it but it’s a work in progress for sure.
I like coming home to a clean house. Coming home after working all day to a mess makes me anxious but I also don’t do much to help myself with that because I usually come home, make dinner, and then sit on the couch and watch TV/scroll on my phone until it’s time for bed because I “worked all day” and “I deserve it” lol. Aka I’m lazy. I’m hoping that once the weather warms up and we are able to get outdoors more, that we will be more active in the evenings by either going for walks or going on bike rides.
Long story short (except not really because this was kinda long but hey, if you made it this far, you rock) KonMari your life. You’ll feel so much better once you do! It’s easy to acquire things and not even realize you have them until you do something like this that makes you go through every individual item and decide if you really need it or not.
That’s all the adventures I have for now.. (LOL is cleaning and decluttering your house an adventure? I guess that’s what happens when you’re an adult………I need to travel….ASAP.)