Shepardia Goes KonMari

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I were made for each other. Since childhood, I’ve had a fascination with Japanese culture. (I remember writing a report about the solar system where I drew anthropomorphized versions of the planets wearing traditional Japanese kimonos. It was pretty awesome.) And I’m also a lifelong tidying freak. Like the author of LCM, I’ve sometimes taken it too far. My family is still mad at me for a big purge I did back in 2002. I can now admit I was wrong to tidy their stuff without asking. But boy, that dining room never looked better!

Anyway. I read this book about a year ago, and it really spoke to me. I wanted so badly to tidy up all our possessions the KonMari way, immediately. But with a move, a new baby about to drop, and a little one to chase after, it wasn’t gonna happen. (Though we did purge a lot pre-move, and didn’t have too much crap to start with due to moving six times in as many years.) My desire to KonMari properly, though, still remained. And after reading Kondo’s excellent follow up, Spark Joy, I couldn’t resist the urge to try out the KonMari method any longer.

Seeing other people go full KonMari online has also helped push me to get started. So, in hopes of helping others, I’ve decided to document my KonMari tidying marathon here on my blog. I’m going to stick to the program as strictly as possible. I’m using an excellent KonMari checklist I found on a blog called Lavendaire. (Thank you, Lavendaire!)

The categories I will attack, in order, are:

  1. Clothes: See Part 1 here!
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Miscellaneous (komono)
  5. Mementos (the worst)

I already started in on clothes — starting with tops — and it was so fun. I got really into it, talking to some shirts out loud. We reminisced about the good old days together, and I thanked them for their service. Good times.

So, stay tuned, and let the KonMari begin! And may the odds of completing it be ever in my favor.


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