Stop Drowning, Start Surviving.

The most impactful book I have read while on this spiritual journey is the  Marie “KonMari” Kondo’s book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. While there are aspects of this book that I am still skeptical of, such as talking to your objects, I am a firm believer that the KonMari method is the best approach when you feel like you are drowning in “stuff.”

Don’t have time to read the book? No need to worry, I have compiled a quick reference checklist to help you tackle each category.

But, before I share this list with you, I want to share with you why her method works and to give you a few tips before you make the plunge.

  • Once you have experienced a home that is truly in order, you will begin to feel lighter, and your entire perspective on life begins to alter.
  • Stuff = mental exhaustion, often without realizing it. I was incredibly depressed and very uncertain about life before I started this journey. Today, I can confidently say that I am a different person.
  • Tidying is a skill and skills can be learned. Just the same as learning to ride a bike as a young child. It takes practice and discipline, but your hard work will pay off, and before you know it, tidying will be second nature.
  • Tackle categories of stuff rather than trying to clean a room at a time. Trust me.
  • Label 4 boxes or baskets with the following categories: Donate, Trash, Sale, Keep. Once the box (or basket) fills up, simply put it away. In the beginning, I would wait until I had enough to take a carload.
  • I like to keep an additional box to hold items that I can not bear to part from. Once this box is full, I will seal it and label it with the date. After six months, If I have not thought about anything in the box I will bring it to a donation center. It is essential that you DO NOT OPEN the box.
  • You did not collect all these items overnight, do not expect to rid all of the clutter in one go.
  • Storage is not the solution; it is just giving the illusion that your clutter is solved.
  • Always ask yourself, “does this spark joy?” If it does not give you instant gratification, then why are you hold on to it? Why be surrounded by items that you don’t love?
  • Never start with sentimental items, I am still struggling with this category. This one has been the hardest, but I am down to two plastic containers of “memories.”
  • SET THE MOOD. I eat a good breakfast, drink my coffee, get fully dressed, and turn on feel-good (Marie Kondo suggest doing this in quiet, but I find I get less distracted if I am jamming).
  • WARNING: THIS MAY BECOME ADDICTING. I counted my wardrobe this morning and realized that I only have 23 items of clothing (not including workout gear and undergarments).

Stay tuned for my next post, where I will share my checklist to help you begin to tackle the clutter in your life.

2 thoughts on “Stop Drowning, Start Surviving.

  1. Timely… I need all the help I can get! I’ve made three downsizing moves in the past six years and am contemplating another. As you can imagine, what’s left sparks a lot of joy from years of memories. But either I do it or at some point someone else will have to and I don’t want the good stuff to be tossed along with what might appear as trash. So, when in doubt, I take a photo, maybe write a few descriptive words as to why it’s special and… and… geeze! this is the hard part!

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    1. Oh yes, this is a process. But how amazing is it that you are documenting what times are special. Often times, many special items get tossed or overlooked because they are amongst so much “stuff”. By eliminating the extra “stuff”, your loved ones with know exactly what is important amongst your belongings. I think your next move sounds amazing, but maybe that is just me being selfish.

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