I’m addicted to purging. My motto when it comes to “stuff” in my home is, “I would rather have nothing than something I hate.” People tell me I’m crazy for the items I list on Craig’s List (and the frequency to which I do it), but I honestly can’t help myself. When I have a furniture piece, or item in my home I am not loving, it brings stress to see it taking up space in my little nest. So, off it goes.
We had bad weather here in SoCal a few weeks ago. (I know, I know. Think 100 degree heat and dry hot wind. I promise, we get bad weather 😉 ). So one day I was fed up being inside and decided it was time to Konmari the heck out of Emmarie’s closet. If you aren’t familiar with the Konmari method of organizing, I will link her book below. But since you won’t have time to read the entire thing before watching this video, I’ll explain the major tip I used for this project. Take every clothing item out of the closet and drawers and pile it on the floor. She further instructs it is best to clean by category, not by room or space. So you would go through all the clothing, all the shoes, all the toys, all the kitchen items, etc in the entire house. (As opposed to clean the closet, clean the garage clean the basement.) I obviously adapted this a little bit and did just Emmarie’s clothing and shoes. I probably got rid of 75% of the clothes and shoes in her closet! Upon completion I breathed a sigh of relief and stepped back to admire my work. She’s no longer pulling out items I hate, and I am no longer pushing clothes aside trying to find something for her to wear. It feels clean and refreshed and everyone is happy. Watch my process in the video below and keep your eye out for my little helper/DJ 👶🏼.
I hope this inspires you to tackle a category in your home. If it does, let me know what you did and how it went!!! After I did her clothes, I moved on and purged all the toys. Every toy in the house was brought to the family room floor and purged. My kids can now find the toys they love and are no longer bombarded by the stuff they don’t. All in time to bring in more stuff at Christmas for mommy to purge…I mean keep 🙂 .
read more about the Konmari method of cleaning here