Sunday, May 7, 2017

I Need to KonMari My Life

If you don't know who Marie Kondo is, she is the creator of the KonMari decluttering method discussed in her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I haven't yet read the book (I did check out her follow-up book Spark Joy, but I didn't finish it in time and there was a 200+ waitlist at the library, so I could not renew it), but I get the gist of it.

The idea is to really only keep things that "spark joy" in your life (whether it's something that makes you feel good, or serves a purpose that helps you in some way). This makes total sense to me...why hold on to stuff that doesn't make you happy/is useful to you?

I've always had an issue with "stuff" - my room clean-up after graduating college comes to mind (my sisters helped me pack and I think were aghast at all the crap I still had)! It's very strange, since I don't even like clutter, but I tend to have a lot of shiet.

The majority is paper, but there are other things that I have, like old clothes and other miscellaneous stuff. I want to get rid of a lot of things, but I think it feels overwhelming having to go through each and every thing. Some road blocks that come to mind include:
1) wanting to make sure I dispose of things properly - so if it can be recycled, I want to be sure I am
2) feeling that I could re-sell some stuff (but that actually requires listing it!)
3) needing to first budget for replacements that I'll actually like, and
4) worrying that I might get rid of stuff I might need down the line

Right now I'm really into the minimalistic+mid century modern home aesthetic (you know, lots of white/bright/natural/tan and plants), and I'd really like to reflect that in my apartment.

via New Darlings

But the first part is to just get rid of stuff. I look around my apartment, and there's quite a bit of stuff I could definitely get rid of.

I need to start ASAP; I think it will be good to get rid of unwanted stuff that is just taking up valuable space (both physically and mentally).