Cleaning My Closet: off-season storage

Do you put clothes into storage when the seasons change?

This is where Marie Kondo and Anuschka Rees differ. The author of The Curated Closet says to store away your autumn/winter clothes in spring and to tuck aside your spring/summer items in autumn, while KonMari method says to just keep it all in your closet. Personally, I do not know a single person who actually does store “off-season” clothing. Whether this is because I haven’t any rich friends or because we’re all Canadian, I don’t know. Continue reading “Cleaning My Closet: off-season storage”

Book Review: The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees

The-Curated-closet-WorkbookSYNOPSIS: This fashion guide is a fascinatingly strategic approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the wardrobe to match it.  You will learn how to shop smarter and more selectively, make the most of your budget, master outfit formulas and colour palettes, tweak your wardrobe for work, as well as assess garment fit and quality like a pro. This book will help you create a unique look you love, and ensures you always have something to wear that is authentically you.

AUTHOR: Anuschka Rees is a writer from Berlin, Germany. She is the founder of popular style blog “Into Mind”, with The Curated Closet being her first book that has been translated into a number of languages. She has also written a second book, “Beyond Beautiful” , which is a feminist image guide for the social media era. Continue reading “Book Review: The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees”

Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-2SYNOPSIS: Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home –and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

AUTHOR: Marie Kondo is the founder of the KonMari Method and runs a consulting business that helps people declutter and organize their homes. Her books have been translated into thirty-five languages and became best-sellers in multiple countries. There is now a Japanese TV drama as well as an American reality show on Netflix based on the magic of tidying.

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Marie Kondo and Me – Part 4

mariekondo_netflix_heroimagewebhome_768xBy now you may have guessed that I have been doing my KonMari so slowly it has taken about six weeks and I am still not done. I was inspired by her show “Tidying Up” when it came out at the first of the year, but didn’t have the chance to try her method myself as I was living overseas. Now that I have moved back home I am going through all of my belongings to find what sparks joy. My blog mini-series does begin with the show and then will continue on with her books, but also include other organizational-guru authors. If you have not yet read Part One go here , Part Two is here, and Part Three is here.

I am not saying it will take anyone else even half as long as it has for me, because it probably won’t. Aside from the fact I listen to audiobooks as I clean and therefore am not as focused, between each step I have taken breaks.  I have gone to visit friends and family, read books or watched movies, written and sent out resumes, did a little apartment hunting, attended a hockey game, went to the cinema and the local playhouse, endured a wretched week-long cold, etc.

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Marie Kondo and Me – Part 3

mariekondo_netflix_heroimagewebhome_768xLast month I started writing about my decluttering journey, which technically began nearly a year ago when I first watched Marie Kondo’s tv series “Tidying Up”. My blog mini-series does begin with the show and then continues on with her books, but will also include other organizational-guru authors. If you have not yet read Part One go here and Part Two is here.

To recap: my family moved into our current house when I was in grade seven. I relocated to Toronto for university and my post-grad. Then I decided to travel, and live in England for a while before going on to Ireland. I have moved back to Canada and am currently staying with my parents until I get my life sorted (ie. a job and an apartment). This is relevant because I have never actually decluttered and now have to sort through everything. We are talking four suitcases worth of stuff from Ireland, three shipped boxes and two suitcases from England, an entire bachelor apartment from Toronto, and seven-ish years worth of stuff from my childhood. Needless to say, it doesn’t spark joy.

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Marie Kondo and Me – Part 2

mariekondo_netflix_heroimagewebhome_768xLast week I started writing about my decluttering journey, which began with Marie Kondo’s tv series “Tidying Up” and will continue with her books and other organizational-guru authors. If you have not yet read Part One of this mini-series, go here.

As I said in my last post, I didn’t exactly have the greatest method for cleaning my room. What teenager does? Over the years I did improve and would be mad-organized at work, yet my home still tended towards organized chaos instead. The older I got the tidier I got, but it wasn’t until I saw Marie Kondo’s show that I was inspired to actually deal with all my possessions. We are never really taught how to tidy up, but only see our parents’ example (though they definitely knew better than me). Yet seeing your mom vacuum doesn’t really help you understand how to declutter and that is what I needed.

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Marie Kondo and Me – Part 1

mariekondo_netflix_heroimagewebhome_768xAt the beginning of the year I, along with much of the world, began watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up”. I had never heard of her before that point, but I was definitely hearing about her KonMari method after the show aired. I did not actually have too much interest in the idea at first —hello, it’s just cleaning—which is why I didn’t bother reading the books before watching. I always enjoyed home make-over shows, however, so I figured why not check it out?

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