I love traveling. Every piece and twist, every part that makes the whole.
Moving, on the other hand. That one is getting old. When I moved in college for summer jobs, it was different. I had a home base where I kept the majority of my things, everything that I couldn’t fit into boxes in my car for the summer.
Trust me, I could fit a lotta boxes in my car! But I still had the majority at home. Kitchenware, out of season clothes, coats, boots, craft supplies, books, drawers of college tshirts (you know what I’m talking about), furniture.
So even though I’ve moved plenty of times in the last 5 years, only a few of those involved moving everything that I had. The most recent was a move to Ohio, a place I expected to be for at least three months, but was hoping to be a heck of a lot longer once I got down here.
Plans changed. So I’m packing again. Trying to squeeze it into about 3 days.. again! Hey, some of us are better at procrastination than others. I had grand plans to sell a lot of stuff so I didn’t have to pack it, or store it. Then I got back to my apartment and could only think of about 4 things besides clothes that I wanted to sell.
I went through the kitchen/living room and filled a garbage bag full of stuff for goodwill and a bag for the dumpster. After that… nothin. I recalled a number of friends sharing about Marie Kondo and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up so I hopped on Google and did a little research about the book.
Well, if we’re honest first I checked to see if it was on Amazon Prime… but the idea of purchasing another physical book to add to my bookshelf, when that book is quite literally about getting rid of the extra shit in your life, I just wasn’t sure on that idea. Luckily it’s available via Kindle & Audible as well!
This book is the reason it’s 2:30am and I’m stacking piles of clothes in the middle of my workout room. Anyways, I thought I’d share a few things that I picked up and am putting into practice right away. Read on below if you are looking to make a fresh start, wanna declutter, or still have that pair of shorts from the 9th grade taking up space in your closet.
Here are 5 tips from Marie Kondo that I needed to hear the most:
1. Sort by category, not location. Freakin’ guilty. I’m guilty and I didn’t even realize. Is that not how we were taught to clean, room by room, closet by closet? It makes so much sense to put it all together in one spot, i.e. clothes all at once, decor, beauty supplies, craft supplies. Only then will you know how much sh*t you truly have.
2. Don’t repurpose clothes to loungewear. Guys, I’d make a safe bet that 1/3 (at least) of my closet is tops with a stain or tear that I’ve told myself will be for ‘craft projects’ or ‘pajamas’. yea, even that shirt from camp in the 8th grade. turns out, we really, really don’t actually need to keep it.
3. Pick up each item one at a time and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?”. Chances are, probably not. Marie means real joy folks. Not the “hey, I had a good time in this dress the one time I wore it 4 years ago so maybe.” Does it physically bring you happiness & pleasure? Yes, keep it. No, donate it or pitch it.
4. Tidy up all at once. Don’t draw it out. Dragging it out for weeks will make you miserable and the whole idea will seem daunting. Just get in there and get it done!
5. Recycle your papers. Kondo’s principles for paper were a real wake-up call; just throw them all away. “There is nothing more annoying than papers,” she says firmly. “After all, they will never spark joy, no matter how carefully you keep them.” So I don’t really need those journals from my freshman lit class? You mean I won’t actually read them?
6. Bonus! Start with what you know will be easy to get rid of. Don’t torture yourself by starting with things that you’re emotionally tied to or you will hate this very process that is supposed to be freeing!