Decluttering My Life

While putting away laundry a few weeks ago, I could barely close the linen closet door, it was just that full. I stood there, looking at the sheets, towels, blankets, extra pillows... There were even a few Space Bags suctioned full of unused blankets, old drapes, shower curtains. How did it get this bad?

I was completely embarrassed of what I had become! I typically pride myself with not holding on to things that I don't need or want, being super organized and knowing what I have and where it all goes. But over the last few years of moving across the country, getting married, having two kids, my organized nature has apparently gone down the drain.

And so I stood there, looking into the closet, in complete shock that I couldn't even close the door without breaking a sweat. And to say that this is just the tip of the iceberg is an understatement. Have you seen our garage??!! I like to blame that one on my husband, but I know the accumulation of "stuff" and disorganization lies on my shoulders, too.

I decided that something needed to be done. As it just so happened, I had heard of a little "miracle" book on a few different websites and thought I should get it. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Deculttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo, is amazing! It's the shortest, quickest read and breaks down all of your accumulated stuff into two categories, 1. Does it bring me joy? Yes! Keep it, or 2. Nope, get rid of it. It really is as simple as that. The major shift in why Kondo's method works while others don't is in the process. She has a very strict order in which you should go through each category of "stuff" (see the above picture, I'm not kidding!), not the typical room-by-room approach.

The KonMari method has a particular way to fold shirts, socks, how to hang clothes in your closet, the list goes on. All of it is to make sure that you can see and know everything you have.

This is my first foray into folding socks the KonMari way. I've been folding my socks into a ball for years, thinking it was the best space-saving way to store them. But, of course, I can't see or access all of the balled socks and never wear half of them. Time to clean up and out! The above socks met the "sweet spot" standard of standing up on their end, meaning they're folded appropriately. Yea!

I found a video by Lavendaire on YouTube that is absolutely perfect for a shirt-folding demo.It put me into a trance it was so awesome!

And since I haven't tackled my closet yet, I thought I'd share a great picture of how it should end up. I'll have to let you know when mine eventually gets like this!

Beautifully organized, right?!  Source

Beautifully organized, right?! Source

While I haven't used this method outside of the linen closet as yet (right there I broke the rules by not starting with clothing), I am so excited to get it going! I do have to remind myself that the process won't be completed overnight, it takes time to go through every item you own. I'm super impatient when I want to get something done, but at least I've started.

Succulent Update

And now for a quick update on my succulents. They're doing great! I couldn't be happier with their happiness, so to speak. They're loving being re-potted into bigger pots and there is tons of new growth. I only water them about once every week and a half - just the kind of watering schedule I love! Hopefully this isn't just luck and they keep hanging in there.