I posted a while back now all about how we were doing the KonMari Method to declutter our home. And let me start off by saying that our lasting results have been FANTASTIC. I’ve never had such a large impact on the clutter in my home in such a short time. And we have kept up with keeping our clothes very tidy and organized. Our laundry situation is still better than it has been in years.
I think part of our decision to move was based on KonMari. I have mentioned that right? We’re planning to move. We decided a few weeks ago and are getting our home ready to sell and looking for a new one. That whole saga deserves a post all its own. Anyhow, back to the decluttering preparations. Because I’ve never fully decluttered before a move.
Usually, I try to decide as I box things up if I want to keep them or not. I thought that was a pretty good method, but what ends up happening is that I can’t picture where things will actually go in the new home, and so I end up packing a lot of “to be dealt with later boxes.” but this time I’m determined to only move what we REALLY want, love, and need.
Okay, really back to the KonMari method. I am having trouble with the komodo (or miscellaneous) categories. It just feels incredibly broad, and at the same time too narrow. Books and clothing are HUGE categories, but they are highly specific as well. I love the book, but I feel like she went into great detail, great minute detail on how to go through your shirts, and books, and papers, and then she basically says, Okay, and now do the rest of your house. I mean, there is a list, but yeah….it is daunting. Komodo might lump in all electronic devices. That could put my humidifier and laptop in the same category. If I break the category down much further, it won’t feel satisfying and might not give me the impact I need.
So, here is what I’ve been doing. I went through all of our home improvement supplies about a month ago, so our basement is much more organized and tidy, so is the garage, but they are both still disasters. I got rid of all of the cosmetics and lotions and other personal toiletries that didn’t bring us joy. And then I got stuck.
DVD’s and CD’s aren’t things that I can really purge, because they are all Tommy’s. So I thought I would move on to the kitchen. I am certainly not going to pull out everything in my kitchen in a single day to declutter my kitchen. That sounds like a nightmare. So I’ve been making very slow slow progress on this front. Today I decided to go through every dish cabinet, but didn’t pull out every item. I did go through all of the food cabinets and refrigerator last week. I tossed all of the expired condiments and half eaten boxes of snack foods that had been pushed to the backs of the cupboards. I threw away all of the lids that didn’t have containers to go with them. I threw away the teas that I never drink. I was able to fit all the items that usually sit out on the counter into cupboards and I washed all the cabinet fronts (because cleaning is part of the home listing process too, and my itty bitty kitchen feels like a breath of fresh air.)
The decluttering and moving project is my major project at this point in time, but I do have to mention something that I’m incredibly proud of from this school year. We’re actually doing amazingly well with keeping up on homework, and returning papers to school this year. This is usually a huge source of stress to me, but I do credit our paper decluttering with this year’s organization. I have an amazing and simple system for school papers. The girls’ school sends home papers on Mondays in folders. The girls are supposed to put their folders in a magazine rack that I have in the living room. And this is the most important part of the system. Folders are NOT to be opened by the children, and they are NOT to be opened by me until I actually have time to go through them.
Inside are all of the announcements for upcoming events, items that are due, and their homework packets. I put on the calendar any events that we are planning to go to, or that we aren’t sure of yet. I recycle all of the announcement papers. Then I sign anything that needs to be signed, and put the paper back in their folders. The girls can actually get in them to do get their homework out, and they are supposed to work on homework in the evenings and then return the packets to the folders and leave them in the magazine rack.
If we deviate from this, mayhem occurs. And I hate searching and searching for a permission slip for a field trip the morning of. It makes my head want to explode and then everyone ends up crying.
I used to put all of the school papers in with all of the other household papers, however; school papers multiply faster than anything else and then when I would go to pay the bills I would have a novel’s worth of papers from the school that were late or irrelevant to our family, etc.
I was talking to some other mothers about Konmari on Friday and they brought up some good points about how Marie Kondo has very little experience living with others and with the possessions of others (except for her family while growing up…and that’s completely different than being a wife and mother). I’m still very much liking the process of going through things by category, but I’m needing to employ more creativity as I go along. And all of that being said, I understand that perfection doesn’t exist. We LIVE here. We aren’t going to create something picturesque that always stays that way. And we have fun even when it is a mess.