1/29/16

Everyone is Decluttering

Let's beat a dead horse, shall we?

I love to talk about decluttering. Truly, I think it is a means to a better life. When I'm freer from my responsibilities of managing stuff because we have less stuff, then I am freer to play, read, parent, cook...live life!

Like everyone and their sister, I have read (and thoroughly enjoyed) Marie Kondo's book. I've used the Kon Mari method, and I have gone through my house top to bottom. I love the message about keeping only the things that spark joy. Reading it was definitely a game changer in the decluttering department, and it has helped me to put the breaks on what we bring in.

I do disagree with the part of Marie Kondo's message that you can do one big tidy of a life time and never have to do it again. With kids, I just don't see how it's possible. There is always a steady influx of stuff coming in the door. Birthdays, Christmas, school, sports, etc all come with tons of paraphernalia.

To deal, I am continuing my tradition of a big declutter in Jaunary. I started this five years ago when Laurie was born, and every January since, I go through the whole house and declutter like a crazy person. Every year gets easier because I have become better at the process, but also, I don't keep or bring in as much junk as I used to. (I sat on the decision to buy a new blender for months!) I'm careful with the real estate of my closets and cupboards.

The beginning of this month I started my de-junking Kon Mari style. But a few weeks in, I needed a fresh angle and some extra motivation. Even for me, a lover of decluttering, it has been a struggle this year. I'm just not in the mood.

So after several bloggers posted about this course (and it was on sale for $5.99), Kickstart to Clutter Free, I jumped in and here is my progress.

The goal is to get rid of 500 things.

day 1 paper: 100

day 2 master bedroom: 12

day 3 kitchen counter: 1

day 4 home office: 7

day 5 pantry: 14

total so far, 134 things

 




I'm loving the results! Less is so much more.

What about you? Have you drunk the Kool-aid? Do you declutter? 

4 comments:

  1. Look at that kitchen counter top! Beautiful.

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  2. I'm an avid declutterer. I agree that it's a Herculean task to try to do it in one sweep, especially with kids. It's been a process for me; layer after layer over the past 2 years. I find the more I remove, the more critical I am of what remains.

    For the first time ever, things (closet contents, kitchen gadgets, trinkets) don't overwhelm me. I use what I have- I enjoy what I have- and I don't miss what I don't have! Even at this stage, I always have a donation bag in the basement, ready to take to the thrift store once filled.

    Kim from Philadelphia

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  3. Yes. I'm planning to do the 40 bags in 40 days thing for Lent, and I'm hoping to work a spiritual component into it, as well.

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  4. that last photo is particularly beautiful! I've not become an official de-clutterer, but I always have a thrift store donation bag on the go. I bet I could benefit from a focused approach, though. I have some jammed spots in my closets that I blame on old-house-few-closets, but really, I could do better.

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