So It's A New Year and You Want to Purge Your Stuff....

Friday, January 6, 2017

We are just one week into the new year and already I know that many of you have one big goal in mind for a fresh start.  To go through all your things and get rid of all that clutter and junk. 

So many people have reached out to me lately saying they want to do this but they just don't know where to start.  I mean really, it is a daunting task. 

In an effort to give you that extra knowledge and motivation you need to get the job done I wanted to create this blog post. 

So for those of you sitting in your living room looking around and thinking "Where in the heck do I begin?" well let me explain....

What Method to Choose
First of all, for years and years and years and YEARS I have tried many different ways of organizing, mostly just walking around getting rid of stuff I don't need or trying to reorganize drawers and cupboards.  The problem with that is that it never lasts.  I always ended up with clutter and junk again and still felt like I just had too much stuff.  

The only time I had a breakthrough was when I tried the KonMari Method.  This method was started by a Japanese woman by the name of Marie Kondo and she has to be the tidiest woman ever!    The reason this method is so successful is because it doesn't focus so much on getting rid of stuff, as much as it focuses on ONLY keeping and acquiring what brings you joy.  The KonMari Method isn't just a way to purge and organize, it's an entire lifestyle change.  And the great news is that anyone can do it.   There's only one thing you have to do to be able to start.

This is a nice little action shot when I KonMari'd my closet.  One of the steps is to take everything and put it in a pile on your bed.  And to answer your nagging question - no this isn't even the entire pile.  I had another pile on the other side of the bed.

How and Where to Start
You can google around and watch Youtube tutorials all you want but I 100000000% assure you that the only surefire way to understand it and be successful is to READ THE BOOK!  The book is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  It's a super easy read.  I read it in a weekend and when you finish it will leave you extremely motivated!   Kondo explains the process and lifestyle, how and why it works, and how to do it from start to finish. 

Why It Worked For Me
Just like she says, it has changed my entire life and the way I live.  And I love it!  I feel so stress-free and I have TONS more freet ime.  It's amazing how physical posessions can actually affect every other aspect of your life.  I no longer purchase things I don't absolutely get joy from.  
My post-KonMari closet!

Benefits of This Method
I swear by this method because if you do it correctly you never have to do it again!  Can you imagine no more weekly organizing and purging for the rest of your life?  When company is coming over you may just need to straighten up and sweep the floors but you won't need to clear clutter off of all the surfaces in your home?!   This method is also very therapeutic.  When you are finished you have this amazing energy and this feeling of freedom like you are no longer tied to or surrounded by THINGS.   I can now account for basically everything I own down to the last piece of paper.  I save money because I don't buy things that don't absolutely bring me joy.   When I walk into my house after a long stressful day at work I see open space and clear countertops. 

Where You Can Find Inspiration
Not only can you just search the hashtag #KonMariMethod on social media, but you can search around for bloggers that have used this method as well.  And to help you out today I wanted to share the posts I did before on KonMari.  The only thing I ask of you is to READ THE BOOK first! And also, Marie Kondo has a second book called Spark Joy which goes into great detail on how to actually organize your posessions and it even covers the amazing way Konverts like me now fold their clothing! I actually fold my underwear now!

But seriously guys, I'm telling you that if you don't read the book yourself you will not be able to succeed with this.  I promise you that!

So here are my posts in order of when they appeared on my blog:
I Tidied My Closet with the KonMari Method
Tidying and Organizing Beauty Products
I Can Now Account For Every Posession I Own
The Many Benefits of the KonMari Method
So You Want to Try The KonMari Method
How To Tidy Your Closet Using The KonMari Method
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo Review

My Life A Year After KonMari
My Post KonMari Closet and Dresser
My Post KonMari Office
My Post KonMari Kitchen and Bathrooms
My Official Closet Tour
My Official Kitchen Tour

So who is up for the challenge to get started?????   Let me know if you are going to buy the book and start the challenge!

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