Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet. It’s anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living.
– Peter Walsh
It all started with the 4 weeks I took off work…
I had taken time off to get some me time and to explore some other passions. It also seemed like a good time to get as much of my life in order as possible, starting with my closet.
After going through it, I ended up with 3 to 4 garbage bags of cloths to donate. I felt so proud and prepped to take photos so I could share my success story with you guys. Low and behold, my closet looked exactly the same, cluttered. Maybe it had a little more breathing space, but overall, no significant change. I cleared up other parts of the house, but our home still didn’t fell right.
Entered, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, a book on how to tidy up for good. One of the first things she mentioned was how so many people try to tidy up, but the space ends up looking the same. That was me! So, I kept reading…
Her instructions were to take everything out, one category at a time, spread them on the floor, hold each item and determine which sparked joy. Only those items were to be put back. Hmm, selecting with that criteria, especially with cloths, means you end up leaving most of it behind.
With Marie Kondo’s guidance, I felt I had a good handle on decluttering. So, we have started tidying up every part of our home. She said it will take about 6 months to complete and I felt that was an exaggeration, but we are 3 months in and she ain’t lying. It may take that long to touch every single item you have.
Now that we are decluttering, there is the question of where and how to put back everything. Marie Kondo says that everything in your home should have its place, or else, the homeless items will start to clutter. I’ve made several trips to the container store, but do not feel like spending a small fortune on containers.
So, for this task, I have decided to spend a small fortune on professional organizers instead. I want to figure out exactly what I need and make the most of what I already have.
Then there is the process of rejuvenating the space: bringing in scents to engage the sense of smell, putting in house plants that help deodorize the air naturally, incorporating water, balancing colors, displaying things we love prominently to increase the joy quotient of our home.
Anyone know Feng Shui? This will be a good time for me to learn the basics and use it to make even more improvements to our space.
One day, I started to notice just how much stuff flows into our home on a daily basis. I had spent about 30 mins after I walked through the door, sorting out all the stuff that had just come in: the mail, packages, groceries, receipts. And also dealing with the things going out: daily trash and recycling. In some homes, the daily onslaught of stuff has overwhelmed the occupants who are too busy to keep up, and the stuff has taken up prominent space in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms.
Then, I learnt about the “Zero Waste” movement from one of the organizers. A movement to reduce the amount of waste a home produces, very interesting. In looking into it, I discovered a world of reusable produce bags, buying bulk bin items to avoid packaging that gets trashed anyways, everything in glass jars so you know what you have, composting left over foods so I don’t need to buy fertilizer…
I now realize that improving my environmental wellness is going to be a process. It’s a whole lot more than just bagging old cloths. But I know it will all be worth it
Yeah, I have lots to do. But, don’t feel overwhelmed for me, I have all year :).
We have successfully tidied up the closet. It is decluttered and organized but not rejuvenated yet, lol..
Update: Done with rejuvenation!!!
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