While I started my decluttering journey back in the autumn, it is now the new year and I am still not done. Not so much because it is a super-long process —in fact I am quite certain anyone else could have finished in less than half the time it is taking me— but rather because I stalled out. I got frustrated and lost all motivation, so I have not even made any attempts to finish for at least a couple of month now.
You may recall I had chosen to leave sorting my book collection until the end, and that is when I became frustrated with the KonMari process as it was not a realistic route for me. In fact, there are still books sitting on the floor awaiting their fate of shelf-versus-donation because I simply walked away. I needed time to consider how I actually wanted to declutter my books, and it took me a bit to figure out it was okay to do things a different way.
In that time, I went on to read a couple of different organizational books, one geared towards my wardrobe and another for how to make a home aesthetically pleasing. It helped me feel like I was still in the game rather than being a quitter despite the fact I wasn’t actually making many changes but rather tweaking what was already done.
I acquired seasonal job that is taking up enough of my time all I want to do is relax or meet up with friends (once to help a bestie with her closet revamp!) on my days off rather than get back to my own tidying. This position is not exactly helping my whole decluttering process given that I keep buying items (mostly books) after nearly every shift. It makes me feel a bit guilty to be bringing things into my home without completing my cull, which is starting to reignite my desire to continue.
Flipping through The Home Edit has also inspired me once again to finish the process of making my own space spark joy. I want to finally read Marie Kondo’s second book and get back to decluttering my bookshelves. There are also a couple of DiY projects I want to do that will make my room a little more colour-cohesive for that aesthetical happiness Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin say is important for maintenance.
While it isn’t the ROYGBIV they claim to be the necessary “pixie dust”, having my space be practically instagram-pic ready does help encourage me to keep things clean. Given that I’m bit of a perfectionist I think organizing my things into rainbow order would be too aggravating to maintain, so I will just keep to their suggestion of sticking to a single look but in my chosen colour palette. My space is a reflection of who I am and I suppose it is not that surprising my own decluttering journey is as unique as I am.