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”

Tidying Up My Life: glass houses

“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 “Tidying Up My Life: glass houses”

Tidying Up My Life: being a book hoarder

“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…

Except, I now hate loaning out books as it takes forever —if ever!—to get them back, and I would much rather have a library filled with books I love than to keep books I won’t ever pick up again. What I really dream of is a perfectly curated shelf filled with novels I enjoy rereading with adorable trinkets that make me smile sporadically placed among them. I have serious #SHELFIEGOALS y’all. Continue reading “Tidying Up My Life: being a book hoarder”

Tidying Up My Life: energetic clothing

“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 “Tidying Up My Life: energetic clothing”

Tidying Up My Life: learning how to declutter

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. She said we should have put them away when she told us to and felt justified for her actions. But the thing is, how are you supposed to put things away when there is nowhere left to actually put them?

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Tidying Up My Life: back to the future

“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.

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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