Hi everyone! First, sorry for the lack of posts on here. I've been doing a few things that were interesting but didn't blog about them or I didn't like how any of the pictures turned out so I skipped it. But hopefully I'll be able to do something blog-worthy!
If you're house has a lot of clutter, you know my struggle. It's clean. But it's messy... Matt and I have been wanting to declutter for quite a while so we've been working on it slowly but surely. Matt came home one day and told me about a Japanese method of cleaning and how you don't go through section by section to clean, by location. You just throw everything in the middle of the floor and ask yourself if you love that item; if the answer is yes, you keep it. If it's no, you donate or throw it away.
This sounded very overwhelming to me so I vetoed that right off the bat. But I started doing some more research on it without reading the book which started it all, Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Well, you do throw everything in the middle of the room, but you do it by category. This is the Konmari Method of cleaning!
- Tidy all at once.
- Throw everything in the middle of your room.
- Visualize your destination.
- How do you want to live? What does your ideal home look like?
- Identify why you want to live the way you envisioned in no. 2.
- Why? lol
- Determine if each item 'sparks joy'.
- Does this item make you truly happy? Do you love the item or love the memory associated with this item? If it doesn't make you happy, get rid of it.
- Tidy by category, not location.
- So many people will start with the kitchen or bedroom, do one bookshelf, then move on to the next. Don't.
- Tidy in this order: clothes, books, papers, then komono (miscellaneous).
- Something Marie says is to make it easier, when you're looking at paper (obviously important documents excluded) just throw them all away.
- Discard before you place things back in their spot.
- Throw away or donate before you put everything back.
Someone who attracts clutter is often over-attached to the past or the future. The reluctance to let go of something because they might be needed someday is anxiety about the future. Keeping sentimental items are clinging to the past. You need to overcome this. Now I'm not saying to get rid of everything that is sentimental. I know I will be keeping my wedding dress. Will I use it again? No. Does it spark joy? Hell yeah it does! But pick and choose. Pick out what really sparks joy!
Now, I did some cleaning yesterday but I wanted to document my progress with you. Let's do this! I managed to fill 4 bags of clothes to donate, one bag of heels I never wear, and 3 large boxes of DVDs. We sell our old DVDs to Sell DVDs Online and it's become even more convenient because they have an app where you just scan the barcode and it's added to your cart. Then when you're done, you print out the packing slip and shipping label, and mail it off! We have started buying movies in iTunes and it's been great. We have already shipped off a big batch of DVDs before. We thought about converting them digitally first but a lot of them aren't in HD and it wasn't worth it. But when Matt came home last night, he said he regretted sending those DVDs off and maybe we should convert these DVDs digitally beforehand. Nope. With these three boxes, I'll be getting back about $125.00. And I still have more DVDs to go through! I just need more amazon boxes which I'll get this weekend!
Matt also told me not to throw everything away! lol! We have a Canon DSLR that we hardly use so we sold the body, and we are still working on selling the lens. We sold the GoPro and will be shipping that off tomorrow. Those things were nice, and I was begging Matt to let me keep one or both since we got the new camera, but he was firm and said no. He had a moment of regret when he mailed off the Canon, but I didn't. I don't miss it. I might later. But I'm not gonna worry about that until it happens. And we said when we want another camera, we'll save up and get a really good camera. Matt has his eye on the Sony a7R II so maybe when it comes time to actually buy a new camera, there will be something even better!
Usually, my rule of thumb when I want to go shopping is I need to get rid of at least one garbage bag full of clothes before I can go shopping. I've been doing a really good job at that too. But today's task will be dumping out all of my clothes in my dresser, closet, and under my bed, and going through everything to see if it sparks joy. And you know what? I have kept some clothes that are too small but I love them and hopefully I'll be able to fit in them soon. But others, they're out of style or old or I spent a lot of money on it, it won't matter. I'll donate them if they're in good condition and hopefully it'll spark joy in someone else's life!
I hope this has inspired you to declutter and get rid of things that don't add anything to your life! My apartment is still a work in progress but I'm feeling a lot more optimistic about it!
Thursday and Friday's Total:
- 9 bags of clothes donated
- 1 bag of shoes donated
- coats to the coat drive in our bldg
- 2 bags of garbage (random stuff and clothes that cannot be donated)
- and 1 ongoing bag of donations
- $1.00 found in a purse and a $1 chip from a casino (we collect them from different casinos, it was South Point Hotel and Casino if any of you were wondering)