Do you have a lot of clutter? Check out my experience with a great book to help free you of it forever!
When I started blogging over a year ago, I never thought it would be so much work. Luckily, it’s work that I LOVE, so I don’t mind it. A few months ago, I really started to buckle down and post consistently, in an attempt to make this my full-time job. I am already a wife and mother which are two full-time jobs in themselves, so what’s one more? Needless to say, the house has suffered. I was never big on keeping a spotless house because people live here and I like to sit down and eat bonbons like the other housewives, so I don’t have time for annoying things like laundry and dishes. But the house is weighed down with clutter. I LOVE STUFF! Nothing wrong with that…
But, I have discovered that house is literally weighed down with stacks of magazines, cupboards are overflowing with dishes, Nerf guns are running around like loose chickens, and I have so many clothes that I can’t wash them and put them away because the drawers and closets are stuffed to capacity. When I realized that every surface in my house is covered with stuff and I literally (not figuratively) have nowhere to put anything, I know that I have to do something about it. I decided that I was going to get busy purging! Cleaning is hard work and I’ll need a snack so I don’t starve. This is going to take a while! How did I get started you ask?
Enter my best friend from grade school, Becky, and her great advice! She should be writing a column in the paper she’s that good. During a far to quick visit with her this summer, she told me about a book she read that changed her life and helped her get rid of some clutter. Now she may think that she has clutter, but I have 15 times the amount she does and my house is half the size of hers. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy and blessed to have “things,” but now it’s to a point where it’s not funny anymore.
Becky and I chatted about the book, not that I want to read a book about being tidy when I can read a smutty romance book about vampires, but she said it was different because it talked about the emotional side of clutter and why people buy/hold on to things and how clearing your space can help clear your mind to achieve your goals. I have a ton of blogging goals that I want to achieve! But, how can I write a post when I am sitting at my dining room table (my creative space) when I am staring at piles of crap?
I know, I know, get to the awesome book already! The book is by a lady named Marie Kondo and she is a professional organizer in Japan. She is so sought after there is a waiting list! She wanted to help those of us, who can’t wait on a list, and who live on the other side of the world, so she wrote a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
It truly is magical. I bought it on Kindle but wish that I had a hard copy of it so I can jump from page to page when I want to reread something.
Marie has created a method (The KonMarie Method) to help you systematically go through you things and get rid of those things that do not bring you joy. I have a lot of stuff that I own that doesn’t fit this category. You can even find printable sheets on Pinterest to help you break down categories even further.
I started on this purging journey this past weekend with my clothes and accessories, and I already feel much lighter. I actually like going into my closet and picking out something to wear instead of grabbing a pair of crinkled up running shorts and a t-shirt. The first section took 4 hours to complete (just my clothes, not the kids and hub’s) so I am going to break it up over the next few months. I will let you know how things are progressing, with pictures, since I know you want to see my underwear drawer and bathroom cabinets!
I was into the process so much that during my initial purge, I actually skipped lunch! Hard to believe I know. I was drinking wine so I had grapes for lunch if you want to get technical, but I realized that if I didn’t get something in my stomach I might not make it through the whole closet and I wasn’t accepting that failure! Luckily I had some of these new, handy-dandy, nutrition bars! Zone Perfect has come up with 4 different, healthy bars that will help me get to a #FeelGooder moment without being half-starved! I ate the Almond Toffee Crunch snack bar and got right back to work! Plenty to fill me up until I finished, which took a while longer. You can click here for a coupon for big money off a box of these!
Here are some before and after photos to show you my progress so far!
When I finally finished the clothing section, and filled 5 yard-sized trash bags full of things, I ran to the store to get food for dinner and saw this song on the radio. The song is not about blogging but made me think that you might like to know that if you have a messy house, you are not alone. If I can purge my stuff, so can you! To put things in perspective, I discovered that I owned 87 pairs of underwear. No one should own 87 pairs of underwear. Talk about freeing up some drawer space!
I told you my house was bad.