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.
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, as it disturbed his nap....
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.
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.
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.