We’re now several days into our konmari home decluttering/tidying challenge. I’m hoping for big change in our home. I think I’ve talked about before how following someone else’s system has sometimes led to more stress than help, so I am definitely keeping this in mind as we work. I don’t want my control freak ways to steam roll the process and lead to us having no fun.
If you are wondering what the konmari method is, go back and check out this post.
On to the update: We made it through all six people’s clothes, and we’re washing through the last few loads of laundry.
I wasn’t expecting the whole family to jump on this method with me. However, as soon as I described the ideas behind owning fewer items, and when they saw the transformation of my dresser drawers and wardrobe, they all wanted their closets and dressers to look like mine. I keep meaning to take a photo of it, but it’s dark at the moment, and I’m feeling too lazy to get the camera out.
The process has been more frustrating than I initially thought it would be. Our living room has pretty much looked trashed since we started…All the focus on clothing and laundry has led to us ignoring some of the daily straightening and picking up that we would normally do. Plus, I think we’re now at 12 trash bags full of items to be donated…and while both Tommy and I have already dropped items off at the donation center, it still feels so cluttery to have a trash bag or two out in the living room all the time.
I’m holding onto a little faith in the process. It’s going to just have to get worse before it really starts to get better. Plus, if I need a zen moment or two I can just step into the closets right?
A couple of immediate benefits are that I have been getting up and showering right away in the morning and getting dressed all the way to my turban first thing. Usually (especially during summer) I get up and throw on some clothes that I don’t mind people seeing through the windows in the living room (think yoga pants and a ratty t-shirt). Well, I got rid of all of my holey clothes, all my stained stuff, etc. (and there was a lot of it). So now all that I have left are my good clothes. And I don’t feel like wearing good clothes before I shower. Many days this leads to me dirtying two outfits during one day. I’m hoping to notice a difference in the amount of laundry that we have to do, along with a better flow to the day.
Also, usually, sometime during the evening hours I take my turban off downstairs, and so I usually have turbans all over the house, or various pieces of turbans stationed in different rooms with mirrors. I usually have to hunt down the pieces that go with a specific outfit.
Not so this past week. With the focus on having everything folded and put away in it’s proper location, I tie my turban before I go down the stairs to make breakfast…so that I won’t have to come up later and do it.
Sometime in the next day or two I plan to start on the process of going through all of our books. If I can capture a picture of Ava going through her things, I will do so. She is really taking the spiritual connection to things very seriously. She takes each item in her hands and closes her eyes tight. She breathes in and out several times as she silently asks herself if the item sparks joy, and then in a low whisper she announces yes or no. I would do this process all over again for the chance to see Ava do this. Talk about sparking joy…oh, I just can’t even…