Y’all, let me be serious for a second. I am far from perfect in many aspects of my life…and this includes being a KonMari student. I’m doin’ my best to keep it real here. There are some cleaning/organizing “recommendations” that I’m facing resistance with and I think that it’s actually okay. Normal, in fact. C’est la vie. I’ve always been so hard on myself in every aspect of my life, and my home is a place to relax and enjoy—it’s time to let this part of it go. Below you’ll find my top 12 opinions.
1. Off-season Clothes: You may have remembered from the Part 2 post that I kept a small stack of “off-season clothes.” Does it snow in Japan? Do they experience the wretched Arctic Tundra? I physically need those clothes. Like, hello, frostbite is not cute. I don’t think it’s overboard considering I kept only a few items. My favorite “bulky” sweaters aren’t going to be worn when it’s blazing in August.
2. Emptying my purse at the end of the day: Between two jobs, there are days when I am out of the house for 16 or more, hours. Changing purses is tough enough on a girl for the random night out! I just don’t forsee this happening.
3. Greeting & Thanking My House: YES! This is something I can totally do. Such a blessing to have a roof over my head and that my body is clothed day in and day out. I have running water. I have drinking water. I have running hot water. Blessed beyond compare.
4. #FoldingFail1: the sock thing just doesn’t work for my tiny workout socks. Plus, if I ever asked The Stud (who folds socks because I literally just hate folding them) to start folding my socks a particular way, he’d probably tell me to go fly a kite.
5. #FoldingFail2: rectangles. So. I actually have done this since I put everything away after the clean out. I thought it looked really nice having things facing up but once you pull one shirt out of the drawer, sometimes another one follows and/or the whole “stack” that’s standing up falls down! They are like dominoes. That creates a messy illusion to me. I’ll see how long folding like this lasts. Plus, if The Stud helps to fold laundry…you get the point. I’d rather have him help to fold than nit-pick what he’s doing wrong.
6. #FoldingFail3: Folding everything and not using closet space. I’m sorry. My silk tank tops, even my collared shirts, are not something I’m going to fold. The rectangle theory is nice and all, but I’ve always hung all of my clothes in a color-coordinated arrangement and I do like them like this. Plus, I don’t have the money to go out and get just chest drawers.
7. Stuff I had to keep that didn’t bring me a ton of joy…jeans for my second job because they are part of my uniform; a few white t-shirts for the gym; a few pairs of shorts for the gym. A pair of denim cut-off shorts that I wear fishing with The Stud that he loves more than I do. Yes, kept them to see that grin on his face. Eventually, I’ll totally upgrade.
8. Upgraded Loungewear: ahhh, yes please! I got rid of so many t-shirts that I never wore because they didn’t look cute, or were too big, or were too small. We should feel cute and comfortable walking around our homes lounging, doing chores, etc. I know I feel best when I’m put together when I walk out of the door in the morning, shouldn’t the same rule apply when I walk in the door? I’m obsessed with Victoria’s Secret plain v-neck tops. I’ve even put a favorite sweater on with leggings because it felt comfortable to me.
9. Saving spare change: my self-restraint on savings in general is good, but only in the way that it works for me…change and spare bills, when I have ‘em. I feel better knowing that the extra $1 bills and coins add up to a small amount to apply towards a purchase (i.e. couch…in the next few years.) I’ll tell you what, I saved this way for a girlfriend’s [amazing] bachelorette party in Vegas, and hardly put a dime on my credit card that month. It felt great.
10. Throw away papers (everything except my W2s and old tax returns…yes all credit card statements go into the shredder!), trash useless cords, equipment manuals, unread books, and magazines: okay, okay except for Bon Appetit, right? I recognized I was keeping many books for no apparent reason. Maybe I should invest in a kindle.
11. Everything in its place: YES! Now, she doesn’t use the fancy French term “mis en place,” meaning everything in its place, but it is one of my favorite phrases ever ever ever because it typically relates to cooking. I now sort more by category in my house with things in certain areas. I used to have handbags in two or three different places, they are all together now (except what I use daily…see #2).
12. Only buying things that bring me joy and taking-the-tag-off as soon as I get home: I can do that. there might be a time when I’m lazy at the store to try-on, or purchase online but I definitely had clothes with a few tags on. I can’t believe I’m saying that. if something brings you joy, make it yours right away instead of flip-flopping (AND save yourself the extra return-trip). If you don’t take the tags off, it probably shouldn’t be in your closet anymore.
While my list might seem a little anti, I want to let you know how much it did help me sort through the Toy Cabin (the endearing name of the 700sqft apartment where the Stud and I live). I’d totally suggest the KonMari method to anyone who feels overwhelmed in their space even though things are neatly stacked on a shelf (i.e. how I felt). It’s okay to get rid of clutter you “think you may use one day.” Our life should be filled with wonderful experiences, people, places, and finally, things! Thank you for following along on this journey. I hope you’ve found my full report helpful and I look forward to seeing if anyone else out there is looking to tackle the great clean-up.