The KonMari Method Phase II: Clothes and Books and Struggles!

Ahhh, a week has gone by, and what have I accomplished?

A lot.

At least as far as getting rid of more than I thought I would. I'm going to be honest, I tried the KonMari method a few months ago. Like, just my clothes. And it REALLY worked! But...I probably wasn't as honest with myself about some of the clothes as I should have been. You know the feeling, when you think I like this but if it could just be a bit looser/bigger/less itchy, and then you keep it. That's when you know you're not being honest with yourself. And I know, because I got down and dirty in my clothes again, and got rid of another full grocery bag of them.

As you can see, I don't iron my duvet.

As you can see, I don't iron my duvet.

I consider that bag a lot, since I already did this once. You're supposed to do it "one and done" style, though. This time around, I think what really helped was being 110% tired of living this way, and also having written down my goals and detailed reasons for them. I was able to keep most of them in mind while doing this. 

I also relied heavily on the question, Does this bring me joy?. Both times decluttering, I had to imagine myself opening my drawer or closet, seeing that item as the only thing I had left to wear (because I always procrastinate doing my laundry). If it gave me a feeling of oh man, I guess I have to wear this today since it's the only clean thing I have left then it went into the donate pile. That included clothing that didn't fit me right, even if I loved the way it looked on the hanger or felt in my hand. Yes, you should hold each piece in your hand. It really helps!

Once you finish the process and boot it out the door, you've got to find a way to store those clothes. Marie explains how to fold and store them. She prefers folding into small squares and standing each piece on end in a drawer, like this:

Looking down into the drawer, at my workout clothes. I need to use them more. ;)

Looking down into the drawer, at my workout clothes. I need to use them more. ;)

I decided to try the same thing with my sock drawer...yes, I even went through those! See how great it looks, without even having to use boxes? Eventually, I plan on adding pretty boxes to keep everything in place and looking crisp. Check it out:

I have to say, I'm really glad I don't have the option of putting on socks with holes in them anymore.

The next category I decided to tackle was my books. This was a bit harder to do, since many of them hold sentimental value. I knew I was going to have to be strong, so I turned on some fun music (yeah, I totally bellowed Hello by Adele) to keep myself feeling upbeat. Isn't singing fun? Marie actually advises against playing music or TV in the background, but I had to try it. I know ya'll, I'm already breaking the rules. It helped me, but it might not help you.

A few weeks ago, I also KonMari'd my way through my books. But I got rid of about 21 more, on top of the 20 I already put in the "donate" pile. Crazyness. Look at this pile.

The box is full, too! P.S. The hubs taught me how to stack like that, without it falling over. Oh yes, it's still standing as I write this. He's got talent.

The box is full, too! P.S. The hubs taught me how to stack like that, without it falling over. Oh yes, it's still standing as I write this. He's got talent.

For those of you who like to collect books, like me, let me illustrate how I was able to get rid of any of them. If I felt that the story didn't resonate deeply with me, like if it didn't change me, I put it in the donate pile. Remember, Marie says, if it falls short of JOY, then don't keep it. I also got rid of some technical books that I figured I could easily Google the info if I need to. Thank you, internet!

I also let go of my copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Gaasssp! Please, before you accuse me of committing a shameful crime, let me explain why! First, I LOVE this story, like from down in the depths of my heart. BUT, I don't like this horrible green copy, with an illustration that makes Elizabeth's fingers look broken. So I decided I would get rid of this copy, and one day I'll buy myself a pretty copy that can fill my whole heart with joy.

I still have a lot of books, but I was able to empty the bookshelf and find new spots for the ones I have left. One of my solutions was storing them in this chest:

This trunk has always struggled to find a use in our house. Now it's finally got a purpose!

This trunk has always struggled to find a use in our house. Now it's finally got a purpose!

Friends, I have to conclude, that so far this method seems to be working for me. I already feel lighter and less stressed when I get dressed in the morning. My books aren't taking over my bedroom anymore. As a matter of fact, I only have about ten in there, instead of all of them. And, I don't feel a sense of guilt for owning things I don't like. It's not wearing me down and making me feel crazy, out of my mind.

Here is a summary of this weeks tips you can use to help you begin the decluttering process:

  1. Write down your goals for wanting to declutter, and why. What lifestyle do you want to achieve?
  2. It might help to print them out and paste them on a wall, wherever you are sorting. I might do that for the next category of stuff I work through.
  3. Sort it by category, not by location.
  4. Be honest with yourself, does the object bring you total joy? Or is there something about it that makes you feel anything other than joy?
  5. This process took me a few hours to do clothes and books. It might take you longer, so make sure you set aside enough time to do ALL of each category at once.
  6. If you encounter a challenge, do something to clear your mind. I chose music, but you might go for a run, or each some donuts.
  7. Hold each piece in your hand. Touching it helps you connect with the object differently than if you only look at it.

Thanks, friends, for stopping by to offer your support! As always, I truly hope this post helps you confront the clutter in your life and banish it forever! Stay tuned for next week's post when I tackle the kitchen related items! Also, let me know in the comments section what your particular hang-ups have been when decluttering!

xoCarole