DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life

KonMari-ing My House

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!


  • Michelle Athy

    I went on a cleaning binge after watching Marie Kondo last year? the year before? and got rid of a pretty good amount of clothes. I folded my t-shirts and pajamas the way she folds them, so I can see what I have. I don’t have a lot of shoes, actually! My feet are ridiculously small and weirdly sensitive to bad shoes, so I only have maybe five or six pairs of shoes (including sandals, snow boots, etc) tops.

    But it feels good to get rid of a lot of stuff. Makes me feel lighter!

  • Kristy A.

    Five pairs of shoes?! That makes me curious because I know I have shoes I haven’t touched in a decade. I’m watching the show over the summer. I’d like to actually fit my sweaters in the closet. It seems daunting but I’m kind of excited. 😬

    • Krystal Jane

      The pile of clothes were a little intimidating, but once I got started it wasn’t so bad. Have fun! Lol! I definitely had shoes I hadn’t touched in several years. Maybe not since I moved almost ten years ago.

  • Tonja Drecker

    I don’t have many shoes or tons of clothes, but then, I’m one of those people who happily gives away things I don’t use. Considering I’m married to a man who can’t throw anything away, that’s a good thing. I can’t imagine what our house would look like if we both did that! We have a local thrift store, which uses all proceeds and donations to help those struggling in our small town. So, I never feel guilty and give many of my ‘no longer necessary’ items up there. Sounds like you were a busy girl, though, and have more than earned your break!

    • Krystal Jane

      Your local thrift store sounds awesome. I think we have a couple of things like that here, but I’m not sure. Both of my parents have a lot of stuff, so it’s definitely good you’re not both like that! I don’t have a mountain of stuff, but I don’t get rid of stuff often enough either.

  • Jodi Perkins (@Perkjo)

    I’d never heard of the KonMari Method before reading your post…I really like this approach and definitely plan to try it sometime! Luckily because of moving to a new house 2.5+ years ago, I don’t have too much clutter built up. Mountain homes don’t have large closet spaces, so when we were in escrow for this house, I had to get rid of over half my wardrobe. Even now, if I buy a few new shirts or something, I have to choose items to get rid of in order to make room for my new purchases. It’s challenging because I adore new clothes/shoes. A part of me appreciates it though because it forces me to keep only those things I actually use/wear, and now I’m proud of my small–yet personally honed in–closet. Shoes has been the biggest challenge. I have three cubby-type shelves for shoes, and even after downsizing I couldn’t fit all the shoes I wear regularly (my damn boots take up a lot of space). So I actually have spring/summer shoes and fall/winter shoes, and I rotate between the two.
    Do you find yourself collecting way too many DISHES than you need? Even after moving, I’m still discovering we have sets of plates, bowls, etc. that we never use. Oh, and coffee mugs. SO many mugs. This might be because I’m a teacher though and Starbucks cards and mugs are the #1 gift.

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