I’ve been desiring to read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying for quite some time. I ordered it from a private seller on Amazon, but it never arrived. I ordered it again, and this time it showed up. I have always been a person who loves to declutter regularly. I declutter, at least, twice a year. It is a part of my clearing out and cleaning up for spring and later to greet every new year. For years, I prided myself in my ability to keep my house clear of clutter, but I still wanted to read Marie Kondo’s book. It is a best seller, and so my people on You Tube are using the KonMari method.
I had just finished clearing out and cleaning for the 2017 New Year when I finally started reading this book. I didn’t think I had anything left to clear out, but by the time I got just halfway through the book, I had already made several carloads of trips to Goodwill and the Salvation Army with donations. Using the KonMari method, I started to view many of the things I had in my house differently because I was going at decluttering using a different perspective.
First, I went through my clothes again. Now it seemed silly that I was holding onto clothes that I knew darned well no longer brought me joy, and clothes that I had for quite some time, but never wore. This included shoes. I packed them all up and donated them. Next, I went through my books, even though I had already gone through them all last summer and made a huge donation to a local college. And when I say huge donation, I mean that the person working in facilities had to come out with a hand truck to get them all into the building. I almost didn’t go through my books again because of this. But I figured what the heck. I really wanted to follow the KonMari method to a tee.
Again, to my shock, I amassed more huge piles of books, and this time magazines too for donation. I was holding onto books that I enjoyed reading and planned to read again. Years has passed and I never did reread any of them, so out they went. I emptied 4 book shelves using the KonMari method. When I decided to include my magazine collection in with the book decluttering, I realized that many of the magazines that I was still hanging onto really didn’t mean anything to me anymore. They were mostly home decor magazines, such as Romantic Homes. It is still a great magazine, but my home decor style has changed from what Romantic Homes usually showcases. I also had old copies of Mary Engelbreit’s now defunct magazine, Colonial Home, Victorian Homes and English Country Home. This time my book donation went to the local library, and they also got the magazines that I, surprisingly, had no problem letting go of. The only magazines that I kept are all the old copies of Victoria magazine before it ceased publication, and then came back two years later as Victoria Bliss. My collection of old Victoria magazines still brings me joy, and until they no longer do, I will keep them. Donating the other magazines did free up even more space.
Lots of other items were also donated, such as blankets, candle holders, some of my milk glass collection, scrapbook albums that I never used, and picture frames that I had for years, but not once ever put any pictures in them.
Over the years I have been a notebook collector. I had a huge stash of notebooks with pretty covers and nice paper inside that I purchased over a period of about ten years that I never used, even though I do keep a personal journal. What I was doing when I finished writing in one is, instead of taking one from the stash, I would go shopping for a new one. I went through all of my notebooks, and let go of the ones that I no longer liked. The one that I am using now for 2017 is one from the stash that I kept, and no more shopping for notebooks until I’ve used up what I already have.
I donated so much stuff using the KonMari method that I was also able to donate several huge bins that I was storing things in. The bins were now empty, so I no longer needed them.
The last thing that I did was go through all of my papers. Why was I keeping things like old instruction manuals, very old tax returns that I was no longer required to hang onto, old receipts to things I no longer owned, catalogs and other types of snail mail. I even still had my old autograph book from my 6th grade elementary school graduating class. I was eleven years old when I graduated from Public School 269. I looked at the names of my former classmates who signed it, and I can no longer put faces to the names. I was probably the only student from that class who still had her autograph book. I don’t even think kids do that sort of thing anymore when they graduate from elementary school. I threw the autograph book out. By the time I got through all of my papers, I had a pile of papers that needed to be put through a shredder, and six large leaf paper bags to go out for garbage pick up. Yes, SIX LARGE BAGS.
Actually, I do still have one more KonMari task to do. I need to go through every photograph that I have. There is much that I need to get rid of, but I cannot do it right now. I will come across pictures my father and two of my brothers, and they are all deceased now. When I feel I can handle it, I will take up that last task.
Reading the Life Changing Magic of Tidying is totally worth it because it makes you view keeping a tidy and clutter free home from a better perspective. That perspective is going to clear your home of so much stuff that you never thought you would get rid of. I also view storage in a new light. Living in an older Victorian home, I do not have lots of storage space, and that was an aspect of my house that I had issues with. well, now I don’t feel the same way anymore. I see now where I have plenty of space to keep everything a need. Marie Kondo is not a fan of creating storage within every closet and nook, because all that does is encourage people to buy things they don’t need just to fill those storage shelves and boxes.