"Clutter is The Junk Food of Your Home"

A link on Facebook caught my eye. Not the usual click-bait, it was this article. I was hooked instantly. It's a topic I find very interesting- Tidying- or rather sorting, getting rid of unneeded possessions, then simple organization solutions for the items that are left.

This is the book:

Turns out this book has been on the NYT best seller list. Who knew? (I'm living in something of a self-imposed media black-out here in the middle of Argentina, so this book was news to me.)

In our family's journey for health (spiritually, physically, emotionally, etc.) this clearing of our excess possessions fits right in.

"Consider clutter the junk food of your home"

I admit, I bought Marie Kondo's book for Kindle online a few minutes after reading the article and I am totally hooked.

The idea behind the book is to sort thorough your clutter in batches. Not a few items a day, not a category every month. Whole house, one category at a time, taking no more than 6 months to sort everything in your home. As recommended, I started with my clothes.

I don't have many clothes to begin with so this task should be easy, right? Well, yes and no. Turns out I've been keeping things I don't love (too big, too worn, the wrong color, the wrong fabric) just because I have nothing to replace them with. Not a good enough reason. You must evaluate every item in your wardrobe with a question of:

"Does this (item) spark joy in my life?"

In my experience, it's a pretty clear answer.

A few select items WILL be my shopping list after this, but there is no hurry. I will be selective. I have to make sure it will be perfect for me and the new items will spark joy in my life.

Here are all of my clothes (pictured above) before sorting. The two bins in front are workout clothes (left) and tank tops (right). The bin in the back is scarves and the bag is off-season clothes. It's currently early fall in Argentina.

I am happy to say that by evaluating my clothes using the KonMari Method described in the book, I was able to separate two full bags: one to donate and another to sell at a nearby consignment shop. That is in addition to two other bags I already had in the garage to donate.

I gave myself a little wiggle room (which the author would NOT approve of) and kept a "maybe" bag, and a bag with a few heavy winter sweaters.  This "maybe" bag contains items that I'll evaluate again in the coming days:

  • Items in need repair or alterations.
  • Practical items that don't yet have replacements (like a well-worn but too big fleece).
  • Other items I just have to think about if I really love. (If they're in the bag, though, chances are that I will be able to part with them. Just not today.)

I also sorted through clothes of Geneva's that she has outgrown and we are saving for her sister. I only kept the pieces that are special and in good condition, resulting in the removal of one more bag of clothes from the house.

My Sorting Results:

  • 2 bags of clothes out of my closet, resulting in much more streamlined shelves. I will go back and fold everything as the book recommends.
  • 1 bag of Geneva's old clothes.
  • I also inspired the Mr. to sort through his clothes and we have two even larger bags of clothing that have been removed from his closet.

Bag Count So Far Using the KonMari Method: 5

I honestly feel like a weight has lifted off of my shoulders...and this is only after sorting through clothes!

We have done massive possession purges before (2008 when leaving the USA and again in late 2010 leaving Uruguay) and while I am constantly shocked at how much we can easily accumulate, I embrace the physical and emotional freedom that comes with fewer possessions.

My closet, after sorting and before folding

My closet, after sorting and before folding

My Six-Hanger Closet

My Six-Hanger Closet

Clothes remaining in my wardrobe, pictured above (not including exercise gear):

  • 3 dresses, hanging on 2 hangers
  • 4 long pants, folded (including 1 jean)
  • 1 capri pants, folded
  • 2 outdoor jackets (one dressy, one sporty), dressy jacket hanging
  • 3 long skirts, folded
  • 2 skorts, folded
  • 1 suit (skirt/jacket) hanging
  • 2 lightweight blazer/jackets (one dressy, one casual), hanging
  • 1 cardigan sweater, folded
  • 2 sleeveless sweaters, folded
  • 3 blouses, 1 hanging, 2 folded
  • 6 tank tops (I like to layer!) in one purple bin

Next phase: My purses, shoes, foundations, hats, accessories and fitness gear. Then folding & organizing* all according to the plan.

*One great thing about this book is that the author does not recommend any special, high cost organizing tools. Nothing else to buy. Fold your clothes using the recommended method and put them in drawers when possible. Do NOT stack.

That's it and it's working brilliantly.

One more step on our way to living a more minimalist, streamlined and mobile lifestyle. Check!

**If you're interested in the book, please click on the link button above to buy through Amazon. If you buy through the link included here, you help support our blogging while not costing you any more.  

I love the kindle version of this book on Amazon because, hey, I don't want any more clutter. If you prefer traditional-book-in-hand, that's cool, just select that option when ordering. Whatever floats your boat :) 

Just remember, I would never (NEVER!) recommend anything that I have not used and love.

Peace and love,