In early May I set out to learn more about the Art of Decluttering. I have been blogging about my progress from week to week. This post signifies the end of my learning project, but not the end of my progress with clearing the clutter from my home.
Week One – The Art of Decluttering started out by me admitting I have a need to declutter my home. I searched the internet for some benefits of decluttering , such as reducing stress, saving money and improving family relationships. I also searched for a strategy I would use. I decided to try the KonMari method.
Week Two – Clearing Out to Getting Out showed how much extra STUFF I had been storing in my home. As we loaded up our travel trailer for our first season at the lake, I did a major closet overhaul. I have not missed or needed anything that I took out to the lake. It was great to get rid of so much stuff. This procedure did, however, show how we can get accustomed to hoarding way more than we need.
Week Three – Clothes That Spark Joy surprised me a bit. I thought my own clothing was an area I kept fairly minimized. I was so wrong. What added to the amount of clothes I gave away was that the KonMari method suggests you purge by category and not simply by room. I went to our storage room and dug out boots and shoes I had not worn in a while. I went to the back of our front closet and got rid of three jackets. It sure adds up fast. Everything went into a pile on my bed and then I began the purge. Watch the video of my process to discover that I had four recycling bags full of clothes and shoes that I no longer needed.
The KonMari method suggests decluttering by categories and not by rooms. These categories, that have worked well for many people, are:
- Komono (Miscellaneous)
It was during this week, however, that I also found some cons of the KonMari method:
- The process may not be realistic for larger spaces or families.
- Category sorting may not be as effective if you have a family.
- Untagging clothes and immediately hanging them does not always make sense (kids clothes the next size up).
- The book doesn’t address how to deal with kids toys.
Week Four – Do Not Take Away My Books brought my family joy!!! I was realistic with my process of decluttering that I can not go through each category in one week as a household of five. So for the books category I focused on my children’s books. They have a beautiful collection of books and some of them are likely to end up in my future classrooms. I got rid of less than two dozen books but what was really special was that after rearranging all the books, my children were so excited for story time. They rediscovered favourites and uncovered hidden gems. One book I found in my collection has an interesting title. I do not think there is such a thing as too many books, though.
Week Five – Clear The Desk and Digital Clutter had me take on an important task, especially for a student. Rummaging through unorganized files can be a headache. Spending time to declutter files and emails can save you time and energy in the future. If you are not convinced it is important, check out these articles I found: How to Organize Computer Files and Marie Kondo Tries to Help a Digital Hoarder Get His Life in Order. Aside from the clearing digital clutter, I also cleared my desk!
Week Six – Embrace Wanting Less had me taking time to evaluate what I would want others to know about the art of decluttering. I created a Piktochart on the benefits of decluttering with a family. And used Canva to create an additional visual. I also helped my husband organize our garage and I cleared more stuff out of our storage room. I cleared out some Komono, but nothing was really photo worthy.
So for this final post I said goodbye to some sentimental items. This is a tough one! Check out the short video I made with some of the highlights of what I went through.
If you wonder why the potato dishes from the video were sentimental to me, the reason is they reminded me of my great aunts. The two sisters made ceramics and had made similar dishes. The set my mom passed along to me reminded me of them, even though it was not made by my Aunt Tina and Aunt Lena. My son kept the cookie monster (he got it when he was a baby so I am okay with that) and he asked for the Smurf plushy as well. Do not declutter in front of your kids! Lol. I did get rid of half a bag of other plushy’s so I made good progress on that. There were other items I found, such as a grad sweater that has been in a box for years and I sorted through some of my children’s art work and other crafty creations.
The process of decluttering is hard, but it is worth it! Keep the stuff that brings you joy and clear the stuff that clutters space and can cause you stress! Too much stuff can cause anxiety and family tension. Thank you for joining me on my journey. I hope I have inspired you to do a bit of your own decluttering. Feel free to contact me if you would like some encouragement, advice, or more motivation. Until next time…