Every year I write a post on spring cleaning. As soon as the snow melts, I start planning how to get a handle on the clutter that has accumulated the past year. This year has a bit worse than others, seeing as we are just coming up on a year at our new house and with all the updates we’ve been working on this past year, the decluttering took a back seat. I used the KonMari Method this year and it took my spring cleaning to a new level.
I don’t know about you, but I get insane anxiety when my house is messy. The last thing I want to do after a long day at work is coming home to a messy house. I try to tackle a room a day, here’s how I tackle my every day chores, but I learned that the best way for me to declutter is to take a day off of work and handle it.
That’s exactly what I did, I took the Friday off before the long Memorial Day weekend and while listening to Marie Kondo’s KonMari method book via my library’s Overdrive app, I tackled one room after another. First my closet and dresser drawers, I organized and cleaned out my closet while I switched from my winter to summer clothes. After I was done with my closet I tackled both my children’s closets by purging and organizing. Then I tackled their toy collections in each room. I did about three or four hour stretches of decluttering while listening to KonMari method and applying it as I go.
When I was done, I had two trash bags full of clothes and one box to donate and two trash bags of trash. I also found a two way pager, my ten year old’s shoes when he was a newborn, and a keepsake blanket that I need to get a keepsake box for.
The energy in my bedroom feels so different, it feels lighter in there. Even though the clothes weren’t all over the floor, I still feel amazing for having gotten rid of so much clothes that I do not wear. We still had about three plastic totes in my bedroom since we’ve moved in and I was able to empty them and get them out of the room.
After I tackled the bedrooms I also tackled my kitchen, cleared out my cabinets and reorganized my spices. After throwing out a grocery bag of expired items from my cabinets and refrigerator, I feel like my kitchen has a lighter feel to it as well. It’s amazing how that works!
If you haven’t read that book I suggest you read it or at the very least listen to it while you’re decluttering. I feel extremely accomplished and the house now feels like we are finally home. I saw pins on the KonMari method all over Pinterest, but I never truly applied it until a few weeks ago. The only thing I wish is that my husband will apply the KonMarie method at least to his closet. He still has clothes from high school! If you’re wondering how long we’ve been out of high school, our 20 year anniversary should be coming up soon….as in next year! Also let the record show that the two way pager I found was his!
But the 90’s hair bands are definitely mine!
Have you tried the KonMarie method to declutter your home? I’d love to hear about it!