In April, Grace over at the CFO MOM Blog began blogging about her experience implementing ideas from Marie Kondo’s book Spark Joy. You may remember that I gave my home an overhaul after reading one of Kondo’s books. Reading Grace’s journey had me reflecting on if my experience had been either life changing or magical. It’s been 8 months since I’ve completed my fanatical mission of banishing items that didn’t spark joy.
So far the benefits have been:
- I really altered my way of thinking so I’m less likely to bring things that don’t feel joyful into my space
- I continued finding ways to improve
- Arranging my kitchen cupboards so almost all the food can now be in the kitchen rather than in basement storage
- Reorganizing our sock bin using cardboard dividers to make it much tidier
- I’m more willing to let things go that no longer are suited to our life.
- I don’t fix broken items. I want to but I don’t. I now acknowledge this and send them to homes where they can be fixed or throw them away
- I no longer keep books because I have them. I pass them along.
- My clothes! I haven’t purchased new clothing in ages
- I have 2 bins: worn since October and not worn since October. When I get bored with my current selection I put them in the worn bin and pull out things from the not worn bin.
- Our home feels ginormous!
We’re not perfect but our home was at a sweet spot last September and we got used to it. Slowly things started to creep in. Even ML has mentioned that it’s feeling cluttered even though it doesn’t look it. So it’s back to the drawing board, sort of.
Last week I began using the KonMari method again in key areas. It was easier this time because I had stored like items together when I packed things away last year. I also have a better idea of what needs to ‘tidied.’
I’ve adjusted the method to suit my needs. Instead of KonMari-ing the entire house again I’m just doing the categories that I feel have gotten a bit crazy. I began with cookbooks and was able to get rid of items that don’t do it for us anymore. Some of them were items I kept when was on the fence about them last year. Then I tackled clothing. Once more I was able to get rid of a host of pieces I kept last time because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them.
Revisiting KonMari has allowed me to cherish the items in my home and ensure that we’re surrounding ourselves with things that make us happy. It’s also been great way to check in with myself as I get to see what items still spark joy in me.