Weekend 2 of the great house organization project using Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method. Saturday was rainy so I think that’s a sign from God that I’m meant to do this.

This weekend was harder.

  1. Last weekend’s 14 bags and 1 big box of give-aways sat in the spare room until late Saturday. We debated renting a van or truck to haul everything to Goodwill, but I finally got impatient so we ran it over in our cars. The stacks of bags slowed down progression – physically and mentally. Another reminder that clutter really does weigh you down – even when it’s clutter on the way out the door.
  2. Skipped the section on books as books are not my thing. I read ’em and pass ’em on. We have a lot of cookbooks, but they’re ‘common property’ so we will deal with them together later.
  3. Went through my craft closet Friday night and I did fill two paper boxes with items to send to my niece in Canada, but I need space to do the sorting and said space was filled with bags of clothes. Plus I’m wondering how much of this stuff she will actually enjoy. Will she want a box full of fabric? Should I instead hold onto the fabric for a sewing project. (NO – the answer is NO!)
  4. Discovered that a lot of the stuff in the crafts closet is in fact photo albums, which are not a priority.

Drawer JunkI then tackled the junk miscellaneous bedside table drawers. A partial inventory included: receipts, a cat food bowl, manicure tools, various loose pills and vitamins, dozens of Hello Kitty stickers (?), about 35 pens, charger cables, foot lotion, eye masks, pillow chocolates from a cruise 15 months ago, cat nip, buttons, matchbooks, odd slips of paper, and coins from about 5 countries.  I’m also not quite sure how to handle all of this ‘miscellaneous’ stuff. Can I look at a set of nail clippers and say it makes me joyous? In the end, I decided some of this stuff is necessary and I will be decidedly unjoyous if I don’t have it when I need it. How do you deal with this stuff?  

In the end, I just made things tidy for the time being. Nothing is in its permanent place yet.

The jewellery sort was anticlimactic. I have very little ‘real’ jewellery, mainly cheap costume stuff – you know, stuff that turns green and tends to smell after awhile (why is that?) so it was easy to toss. You can see that I had some excellent helpers.

Living with my new closet after one week

My goal was to be on time for work each morning and I came very close – when I was late it was because I had time to actually make myself breakfast and eat at home! No toast and peanut butter in the car 🙂 It was easy to get dressed – almost mindless. I know I’ll have to add some new pieces to my wardrobe but I’m planning to sew instead of buy. That’s really exciting to me. I can’t wait to have time and space to sew!

The clothes in drawers thing is brilliant. Everything is crease free and I feel more put together when I change into my ‘lounge’ clothes after work. When I put away laundry last night (Yes – I put away my laundry – there was space!) I just smoothed and folded so hopefully will not need to steam shirts before wearing.

I’m working on that empty your purse thing. When I cleared out the bedside table drawers I created space for the items from my purse.


This is definitely a great way to keep the purse in order and takes all of 2 minutes at night and again in the morning. I know what I’m carrying, and no longer have 15 tubes of lipstick. Plus this makes it easy to change purses daily – which is something I tend to do.

So this Monday, I don’t feel like I accomplished as much as I could have. I really and truly wanted to take a sick day last week to get more accomplished, but that seems like a waste of precious PTO. G is going away next weekend, so – fingers crossed – I’ll get a lot done.

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5 thoughts on “Two steps forward, half a step back

  1. I’m sure those cats have been looking for that cat food bowm Janine! I’m going to have to read the first part of this I missed. Why is it so easy to acquire clutter? It just appears as if by magic! ~Elle

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  2. You got me interested in this, and I agree – that folding idea is the world’s best! Just love my new closet. But I keep coming up with any excuse in the book to avoid tackling the papers. Did you have an area that you balked at tidying?

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    1. I’m having trouble with areas that contain little used items – like the dining room cabinets. Ultimately, most of those things bring a lot of joy. I think I’ve decided that if I can store & access items easily, they can stay.

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      1. I agree. When I can pick up a perfectly useless vacuum tube that was my father’s and feel a glow, I consider that a “spark of joy”. I think even an occasional spark counts!

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