You can keep a secret, right? Super. Then you’re not going to tell Marie Kondo that, recently, I’ve been tackling some locations instead of categories, are you? Excellent. On with the KonMari show!
After finishing the kitchen (which you can read about here), I was frustrated by the amount of stuff that was still in there. Toys, for example. And books. And things that had been “discarded” in the kitchen purge but were still sitting around waiting to be re-homed to the charity shop. So I did the only thing I could think of that would bring me some sanity — I put everything in a large box and dragged it out into the hallway.
Except I knew that, behind one cupboard door in particular, was another mess. The junk cupboard. (‘Cause junk drawers are for wimps.) So I did what every good KonMari Konvert would do, and pulled everything out of there too.
But why stop there? The laundry room is just off the kitchen and was in DESPERATE need of some TLC too. (*hangs head in shame*)
And then just off that is the utility room (AKA under the stairs), where I couldn’t remove the mop without unwittingly taking half the other stuff with it. So I (wittingly) removed everything from there too. Because why do anything by halves when you can exhaust yourself with the whole thing and wish you’d never started? 😉
So back to the junk cupboard. This housed tools, books, sunglasses, medication, a sewing kit, candles, gift tags, lightbulbs, batteries… Etc. Etc. I’d been in a bit of a pickle about where to put small kitchen appliances, and realised this would be a better space than the corner cupboard (which has more real estate, but a smaller opening). So I did the ol’ switcheroo and… so far so good!
The counter space in the laundry room was slightly out of control (and by “slightly” I of course mean utterly and completely). I couldn’t fold a sock in there, let alone a whole wash load. A lot of the stuff was discards from the kitchen KonMari… which might be an acceptable excuse except that the rest of it was just pure crap that had been clogging up the place for far too long. Who needs baby bottles and a breast pump when your child is 2? And even if I do decide to have another baby, no amount of sterilising will convince me that they’re safe and suitable to use again. So I started pulling everything out.
And look, I know this process is really just about decluttering and not dusting, but I couldn’t clear the laundry room and not pull out the washing machine and dryer. And, unsurprisingly, I discovered a giant colony of dust bunnies.
And it was just typical that we were sans steam cleaner at the time, so I did a compelling portrayal of a 1900s housewife and got down on my hands and knees to scrub the floor. That’s how committed I am to the cause.
Still, it was all worth it when everything was put back and I could clearly see countertop again. Now I have a convenient place to sort and fold clothes, and anyone who leaves so much as a stray sock there will suffer. 😛
And then, to complete the trio, came the utility room — one of the most awkward spaces in the house. I pulled everything out into the kitchen, and then had a little helper decide that she didn’t want me to get rid of anything.
After I showed her how lovely the empty space looked, in a bid to convince her that less is more, she immediately ran in and declared “house”. And while I was busy hauling things into the hallway, she was having house guests over in the form of various dolls and teddies. So then the room had to be emptied yet again, and the floor cleaned. A mother’s work is never done.
Still, I whipped the space into shape in short order, and breathed a sign of relief that I was no longer risking life and limb every time I needed something from there.
The plan is to get an over-the-door holder for the ironing board, add some hooks to the left wall for the brushes and mops, and to install some narrow shelving along the right wall to function as a pantry.
Et voila, I was left with 3 lovely clean rooms that sounded all beautifully echoey when I walked into them. And a hallway full of shit.
A quick trip to the charity shop later, and I was ready to collapse into a chair. And record this video 😉 :
And now progress will have to be put on hold while I enjoy a family holiday, and decide what
space category to tackle next.
What category are you currently completing? I need some inspiration!