My Bookish Life: Editing My Home

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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. Continue reading “My Bookish Life: Editing My Home”

Bookish Thoughts: Cleaning My Closet – off season storage

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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 “Bookish Thoughts: Cleaning My Closet – off season storage”

My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – glass houses

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“The urge to point out someone else’s failure to tidy is usually a sign
that you are neglecting to take care of your own space.”

My dad has what can be loosely termed as a home office in the basement. I say this because his hobby room (aka The Bear Den”) has now overflowed into the room where he keeps his books and his computer. Both rooms are nearly impossible to walk in and stuff is piled up nearly to the ceiling. I am half tempted to call him a hoarder, but the truth is I think he just doesn’t declutter. Continue reading “My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – glass houses”

My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – being a book hoarder

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“The degree of difficulty involved in selecting what to keep and what to discard differs greatly depending on the category. People who get stuck halfway usually do so because they start with the things that are hardest to make decisions about.”

Of the many times I have tried to get my possessions tidied up, one thing continually caused me to halt in my tracks: books. I love to read and have always dreamed of having a personal library of my own. Every time I went to organize my novels the sheer volume alone was daunting, but the idea of getting rid of any was far worse. If you’re trying to build a library it just doesn’t make sense to get rid of anything, right? And it is best to have a good variety, so my friends can borrow books when they visit too… Continue reading “My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – being a book hoarder”

My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – energetic clothing

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“Arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right.”

Being the weirdo that I am, I already had an organizational system to my closet down to the colour-coded hangers. That’s right, each clothing category had its own colour of hanger so I could immediately go to that section depending on what I wanted to wear. Each section was always in the same order and within that subsection the clothing was arranged by colour from dark to light.

However, my clothing does not and will not rise to the right as suggested by Marie Kondo. The reason for this is because my closet sucks. Continue reading “My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – energetic clothing”

My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – learning how to declutter

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As we grow older, many of us say how school didn’t teach us how to be functioning adults. We never use some of the things we were forced to learn and there are so many things we wished we learned (doing taxes, changing a tire), that we needed a class called “Life”. Kondo says the same for tidying; it is something we have to do as humans but no one ever shows us how to do it and that is why our homes get so cluttered.

“Our parents demanded that we clean up our rooms, but they too had never been trained how to do that. When it comes to tidying, we are all self-taught.”

From personal experience I was constantly grounded for having a disorganized room. At one point my mom actually took both my brother’s and my things and threw them all outside because she couldn’t stand the clutter. Continue reading “My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – learning how to declutter”

My Bookish Life: Tidying Up – back to the future

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“When you put your house in order,
you put your affairs and your past in order too.”

I am currently in a state of transition. I have just moved from overseas back into my parents’ home until I can find my own apartment. I haven’t even decided what city I want to live in yet, but have intended to base it on what kind of job I can get where. In the meantime, I am basically homeless, unemployed, and have an insane number of belongings that need to be dealt with.

All of the stuff I had collected over the past twenty years were weighing me down and holding me back from the life I truly wanted to lead. I had basically run away to another country in order to escape them! Though it took a while, I am finally ready to let go of my past so I can achieve the future I wish to live.

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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. Continue reading “Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo”

My Bookish Life: Marie Kondo and Me – part 4

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By 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. Continue reading “My Bookish Life: Marie Kondo and Me – part 4”

My Bookish Life: Marie Kondo and Me – part 3

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Last 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. Continue reading “My Bookish Life: Marie Kondo and Me – part 3”