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I got Konmari'd.

My apartment is as organized as I need it to be to know where things are and feel restful.  As I said, I’m not Martha and do not have any compulsion to, say, alphabetize cans of soup.  But, you know, it’s pretty organized and, I thought, pretty paired down.

Enter Mari Kondo and her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  While I could not relate to her lifelong need to organize, I was immediately struck by the logic of her keep only those things that spark joy.

Mari recommends a very particular order of operations, starting with clothes.  Her order helps you tackle the easier things first, thereby strengthening your ability to recognize what sparks joy.  Here is a template you can use that breaks down the categories.

It's a Chicago 8 box by bludot.  That is actually being used to store things.  Gasp!

It's a Chicago 8 box by bludot.  That is actually being used to store things.  Gasp!

So, immediately after I finished reading, I disregard that particular advice and started by tackling my books. (I have since devise what I call "Konmari light" - an adapted version of her methodology that adjusts some of her recommendations to the real world.)

 

I piled up the books by category (as she recommends), and brought books from other rooms in, too.....

 

 

 

 

Hatfield did not enjoy the process.  It disturbed his nap.

Hatfield did not enjoy the process.  It disturbed his nap.

Hatfield did not enjoy the process, as it disturbed his nap....




This is less than half of what I purged!

This is less than half of what I purged!

 

 

But I was able to purge ten Whole Foods bags of books, papers, and miscellaneous whats its.  You can recycle books in DC!

 

On another day, I tackled my closet, which I had gone through pretty thoroughly two months before.

My beloved Elfa.

My beloved Elfa.

I piled everything up by category....  I put a clean sheet on the ground to give me space to work.

And found two trash bags of things from my seemingly paired down closet that could go.


 

When I found a sad sock, stretched out from being rolled in a ball (just as Mari had said I would), I decided I would try her folding methods, too.

 

It's working for me.

Stretched out sock.jpg
Before....

Before....

After....

After....

The immediate benefit to this redo has been that I now do not wear the same grey shorts, blue shirt combo I was wearing every day.  I can see and therefore choose to wear a greater variety of clothes.

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