The KonMari Method — ‘Paper’ (Round 2)

Digital decluttering of computer files & social media profiles. How to do a digital detox & free up storage space.

I don’t know a single person who has looked forward to this category of the KonMari Method — ‘Paper’. I’m no exception. Even though my pile was significantly reduced last year, paper is still so fiddly and contains so many different types of information that it becomes a pain in the arse to manage.But let’s jump on in and look at how I fared last year, and then leap forward to this year’s foray. There’ll be a discussion on all the ways I failed, the things I learned, and Marie Kondo’s #1 tip when it comes to paper clutter. (It’s … Onwards! ->

The KonMari Method — Books (Round 2)

The KonMari Method -- Books. Before and after pics, from a bookworm. ;)

Ah, books. I have such a love affair with them. If you want to make me happy, give me a comfortable chair and a good book and don’t you fucking dare disturb me for several hours. So with that in mind, did I manage to declutter any of them at all? Well let’s just say that this was like the anti-KonMari of categories — very much the odd-one-out for me. Onwards! ->

The KonMari Method — ‘Clothes’ (Round 2)

It’s been a year since I first started the KonMari Method. Has it been life-changing? Yes. Why am I doing it again? ‘Cause I want my life changed twice. Duh. 😛 (And for another reason I’ll mention a little later on.) So let’s start with a quick recap of the clothes category from last time and whether I kept up the good work in the interim, and then move on to how I fared the second time around. Onwards! ->

The KonMari Method — Mementoes

‘Mementoes’ is the final category in the KonMari Method… and I fucking did it! When I first started the Method back in April of this year, I wasn’t entirely convinced I’d finish it. And I certainly didn’t think it would take this long! It’s been 8 long months and, to be honest, I’m not really done yet because there are still some things to go to the charity shop, and a few other things that are still searching for homes around the house. If that makes sense. (And for another reason I’ll go into later in this post.) Nonetheless, I’m … Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — The Attic

KonMari Method Attic

{ If you’re just joining the party bus, catch up on my KonMari journey to date. Or head on over to YouTube to hear me talk about it (including the corresponding video for today’s post). Or if you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, read my introduction to the KonMari Method. } I feel like there should be dramatic music here because this was such a daunting and challenging task, and in a dusty and cramped environment to boot. To me, the attic used to hold a lot of awe and wonder — it was where my parents stored Christmas presents … Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — Toys

Decluttering toys with the KonMari Method

If you’re going to tackle your kids’ toys, I can’t emphasise enough how important it is that they’re out of the way when you do it. Anything else is pure folly, like sweeping leaves in a hurricane. You have been forewarned. That’s what I found when I did a little pre-declutter with my daughter around. Lot’s of “oohing” and “aahing” out of her as she re-discovered lost “treasures” (mostly things that made lots of noise). I quickly admitted defeat and deferred the project to a later date. If you have kids of your own, you’ll understand and empathise when I … Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — The Garage

So I finally started tackling the first of the trio of terror — the garage (the other two being my daughter’s toys and the attic). Seriously, I’d been putting this off for so long that it became this giant Everest in my head. Though, in fairness, it’s easy to see why: My husband was convinced I was mad when I told him what I was going to do (although he’s been “convinced” of that for a long time now). He tried to persuade me to put it off to a day when he was available to help out, and after … Onwards! ->

My KonMari Journey — ‘Komono’ — Linen Closet

After taking such a long break from the KonMari Method, there were 3 areas I knew I wanted to tackle next: the linen closet, the garage (actually just a space under the outside steps), and my daughter’s toys. (If you want to hear why I took a break, watch my YouTube video here, and I also took the time to re-asses and re-evaluate the Method by looking at the pros and cons as I’ve experienced them and deciding what I wanted to do differently going forward, which you can watch here.) The linen closet was BY FAR the least disastrous … Onwards! ->