So, a few of us have jumped on the bandwagon and have looked at a few episodes of the
new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. While I don't agree with some of her philosophies, she sure makes you want to get up and tackle the messes that I've pretended aren't there.
So this weekend, I rolled up my sleeves and started with the coat closet. Found stuff in there I didn't even know we had, not to mention shoes that were never being worn. I also found my one flashlight, in case of emergencies, had a dead battery.
Trust me, there were a lot more things in there.
Moving on, I spent an entire day on bedroom drawers. I thought I was tired after cleaning out the coat closet, but going through the drawers was even harder! I emptied each drawer one by one and started to make piles of clothes "to keep" and clothes "not to keep". From the "not to keep" was either handed down or packed up to give away and in some cases, some clothes needed throwing out. That was only part 1. Part 2 was the folding! And there was a lot to fold! Needless to say, after a few hours of sorting and folding, I can guarantee that every drawer looks like these now:
I gotta admit, the drawers really look good, and I found I had more space in each one with this method. It was a lot of work, but you feel great when you open a drawer and can see everything in there clearly and things are no longer lost items swimming at the bottom of the drawer. Even socks and underwear are folded!
Now, the test will be to see if they will actually stay in this format. So far, the kids haven't messed it up.
Three things I learned from using the Konmari method:
1. Go through your stuff often, so there is not a huge task of decluttering.
2. Be honest with yourself when you need to keep or throw away things.
3. Taking the extra few seconds to fold properly actually does make a difference. (yes, even for us busy moms!)
Have you tried any of Marie Kondo's tips? Share with us!