Monday, May 4, 2015

Decluttering.... phew...

This past March my parents moved back home to Denmark (YAY) and with them they brought 8 years of gathered stuff from England... ok..ok, some of the things were from before they left too, but they certainly had aquired quite a bit of new things as well!
They also had 2 storage rooms filled before they left 8 years ago - and now had to fill their new home with furniture and memories from all 3 places... YIKES!

And my dear mum is a classic collector - ie. she keeps anything anyone ever gives her or which she has bought as a bargain.
(I've inherited this trait as well to my husbands dismay)
Hey! You never know when you might need that "thingamabob"-  
but be sure if you throw it out, you'll need it the very next day!!! 
...that's how my brain works...

But being inspired by my moms predicament of decidning what should stay, what should be given to charity or sold and what should be thrown (ARGH!!!) out - I decided to start planning our own decluttering
(yes plan... not do... not yet.... hehe - don't judge... saying goodbye takes time....)

Anyway I read a great article about Marie Kondo's book: TheLife-Changing magic of Tidying up
and this is definitely on my reading list this spring! Her basic premise on decluttering is that you should only keep something if it gives you pleasure.

She has two key points in sorting your things:

1. Keep what you love.
If something sparks a sense of joy when you handle it - keep it! But be tough! Not everything makes you happy... (apparently she's never seen MY things....)

2. Sort by type, not room.
Instead of cleaning by room/space, for example: your closet - she suggests handling all the same type, for example: clothing - in one sitting. Because you are likely to have the same type more then one place in the house. (ok here I have to giver her props... that's a new approach for me)

Almost seems too easy - but according to Kondo, what makes the method more difficult is the fact that many of us imbue our things with emotions. We hang on to things we don’t like because they were gifts; we allow books and papers to pile up in anticipation of reading them later; we refuse to let go of regrettable purchases because of the money we spent on them.
The purpose of the KonMari Method is to sharpen the sense of judgment of what items are important to oneself,

This is where the difficult part comes in, and Kondo has a simple remedy. In the words of Queen Elsa in Frozen, “Let it go.”

Phew - two Disney quotes in one blog post... *highfive!*

Bookcase before KonMari method

Bookcase after KonMari method
I know which one i prefer!!!

What are your ideas for declutting and tidying??


  1. Good ideas!!! Thanks, never heard of that method.... 107 holds at the local library:) Must be good!

    1. Thx Nancy :) I didn't even think to go to the library for it... doh!