So, whilst I was waiting for my computer, which did come in on Friday, and she’s beautiful, I watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix and decided to declutter my entire house. Obviously, I was being too ambitious for my own good. BUT, I had already started decluttering my desk, so I was so ready to motivate myself to do more. 😀
The KonMari Method, as it’s called, suggests tidying up by category instead of location, and you start with clothing and that involves taking ALL the clothes out, from wherever they are, and putting them all in a single location. She says the KonMari Method isn’t about minimalism, it’s about creating a space that sparks joy for you, and yes, a lot of people have WAY too much stuff. So seeing all of your stuff in a pile, helps you see that you don’t really need all this stuff. In theory.
In my case, I thought it was great to start with clothes, shoes, and bags, because I’ve been wanting to declutter my bags anyway – and I did find my old library card in one of the bags! – and I thought it would be pretty easy to declutter my clothes and shoes, because I already knew I didn’t wear most of that stuff, and I was sick of looking at all of it.
First: I started with around 40+ pairs of shoes. I didn’t count them, but when I tried to count them, I lost count around 42 of the shoes I could easily see. After getting rid of the ones I don’t wear, the ones that are beat up, and the uncomfortable ones, I was left with 5 pairs of shoes and four pairs of slippers. And I was flabbergasted. But those are the shoes I wear. So…yeah.
The bags were a mess. I used to go to trade shows for work, and we would always come back with a ton of bags (and samples and books and food), plus I had my tote bags, luggage, and purses on top of that. And a laptop case for a 15 inch laptop that I haven’t needed in over 7 years. I had three beat up suitcases that I was storing trade show bags in. It was ridiculous. I not only had purses that I haven’t used in 15 years, I had purses that I haven’t seen in about ten years. All gone.
Speaking of flabbergasted, when I saw the pile of clothing that I owned, I was shocked. I probably shouldn’t have been. I admittedly had two entire drawers full of old shirts that I haven’t opened since I put them in there the last time I went through my clothes. At least five years. I had an entire side of my closet that I used about 5% of. It was daunting, but these three categories still only took two days, and not two entire days, but still several hours. It helps that I was committed to getting rid of anything worn out, stained beyond repair, and whatever else that didn’t fit or I hated.
I ended up filling one side of the closet, but only half filling up the other side. It’s kind of weird, and it’ll take some getting used to. The last time I went through my clothes, it was actually to make more room in the closet for the clothes I actually wear, because I realized I didn’t pull shirts out of drawers anymore.
I have two pretty large, nearly antique at this point, dressers, and they were both full of clothes and fabric. I can’t fill up one. I have two large drawers completely empty. One small one empty and another small one nearly empty. One last small one just has boot socks in it. Out of the other drawers I’m using, only one of them is at capacity and it just has slippers and leg warmers in it. I feel like I have no clothes now, and it’s hilarious, but it’s also kind of crazy that out of everything I had, these were the only clothes that I regularly wear and like (that weren’t falling apart).
I haven’t gone through the fabric yet, but that and craft stuff is going in the other dresser, and…I don’t know what I’m doing with the empty drawers.
In any case, I’m taking a break from tidying for a few days or more, because honestly, that was exhausting as crap. I still need to find some kind of bin to put my scarves and gloves in, and I also need to actually get this stuff out of the house.
Also, also, I’m trying not to pressure myself into doing anything, because who wants to feel pressured? I was excited to go through my clothes, for some reason, so I want to wait and see if some excitement will build for the next categories before I force myself to keep going.
The next category is books, and I actually kind of recently went through the fiction, but I really need to go through the non-fiction, so I think I can handle that.
Do you have a bunch of shoes that you never wear that you just keep for no reason, or is that just me? Lol!