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Kondo Mania

I am in the beginning stages of “kondoizing” my house.  I am referring to the KonMarie method of tidying my house or in my words, I am getting my shit together.  If you haven’t heard of the wildly popular Marie Kondo, she wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  The main message of the book is to keep only the things that “spark joy”.

I read the book about 4 years ago and agreed with the message but thought the author was a bit clinically OCD.  In the next round of purging my house, I included that book in the donate pile and just went about normal life because, well, the book was not “joyful”.

My interest  in Marie Kondo was rekindled when my equally OCD daughter was researching folding techniques to organize her room.   We were both pretty excited to see she has a show on Netflix that shows families that follow her step by step method to obtain order in the lives.  I am not a hoarder BUT there are 5 of us and a dog living in here so it is common for my house to look like a bomb went off.  I could use a little help keeping things in line. Since we are confined to being indoors because of the winter from hell, it seemed like a good time to go through the house with a fine tooth comb.

Her method of tidying has 5 stages that should be done in the following order:

  1. Clothing
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Kimono (Miscellaneous rooms)
  5. Sentimental Stuff

I just finished step one, the clothing.  Following her guidelines, I piled all of my stuff in a huge pile on my bed (and then moved it to the floor).  With my schedule and my constant laundry pile up it took me a bit longer than I had hoped. Here is what I have learned during this step:

  1. None of my current clothes truly spark joy.   NOT. A.SINGLE.ITEM. I kept the ones that don’t make me feel fat and frumpy.
  2. A good amount of my clothes were obtained through desperation shopping at Target.  Desperation shopping = ANYTHING that will fit.
  3. I have a lot of $5 t-shirts black t-shirts that lost their shape
  4. I kept a lot of name brand clothes I didn’t love just because they weren’t from Target or because I spent money on them.
  5. I have a lot of black clothes.  I could compete with Wednesday Addams.
  6. I had a lot of clothes that are past their prime and that had holes. I am not sure why I still held on to them.
  7. I had a lot of race t-shirts.  I kept the ones from the big races and ditched the rest
  8. I had a lot of burgundy clothes and I have come to realize that I loathe that color on me so those items are gone.
  9. I need new unmentionables and socks desperately.  Oh boy….let’s just say I don’t want to be in a car accident.
  10. Most of my workout clothes are too small.  YIkes, that is kind of a problem. I kept my favorites and donated the rest.

Check out all of my Kondo folding and all of my black clothing!

I got my husband to do his clothes as well.  While he didn’t “Kondo” fold or “thank” his items, he did get rid of some ratty sweatshirts and some hideous sweaters.  And that right there, sparked joy for me.

Our donation pile is growing and we still have 4 more steps to go!  Next up…BOOKS!