Anybody else get a deep desire to declutter in January? It’s like you still have this time before spring to get the house in order. Like, there’s time to save the year and have a peaceful/less stressed 2019. A winter cleaning to get rid of previous years.
In 2018 we moved states and in the process we lost 1000 square feet in our living quarters. I don’t know about you, but we’re in desperate need of a massive declutter! On top of all that, I broke my wrist a few months ago and was unable to lift any boxes until now. So y’all, I am so ready! Are you in? Let’s do this!
This past weekend I was introduced to the KonMari method. Have you heard of it? It’s from the very popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
There is also a Netflix show featuring the author called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I just feel like you should know, it’s addicting. So much so I have been listening to her book, watching her show, all while loading up bags for donate and trash. Also, she is super adorable.
My daughter and I just returned from the donate center having donated nine 44 gallon trash bags full of perfectly good bedding and clothing. That’s just from this past weekend! I’m no where near being done. I’m excited to share progress photos with you.
I love that she has a system that you must stick to. You always begin with clothes and by the very end you tackle is sentimental items. That one, I imagine, is tough. With seven kids I’m a big softie. I’m not looking forward to that part.
Here is a great graphic and link to a general idea of her decluttering method.
Too much of a good thing is NOT a good thing.
I’m inspired to donate when I consider who will be blessed with bedding or coats or kids clothes, etc. I had all these possessions. Even gifts from others. I didn’t want to offend anybody if they would come to our house and not see what they had gifted us. I mean, that’s rude, right? So I kept everything. Trying to please others while this entire time I was keeping us in misery. My family didn’t want more “things” they wanted relationships. Who cares if you have beautiful china if you have no one to serve?
If you, too, are being held back by clutter I want to encourage you to let it go! Take this year to move on and forge ahead! There is so much life to be had and I don’t want you held back by the past. It served it’s purpose, now it’s time to make new memories!