Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Beginnings Start With Deleting

I just joined a group where the goal is to blog every day in October. I havn't blogged in forever, and thought the challenge would be a good one for me.  I've never blogged daily.  Maybe it can be the beginnings of an awesome new habit.

I started this challenge not by writing, but by reading. I've been going through older posts and am deleting many that are no longer relevant to me or to readers. Actually, I've deleted MOST of the blog! With so few posts remaining, if I actually manage to blog daily for the month, by the end of the month it will end up being a large portion of the blog.

At the same time that I am deleting old posts, I am also "deleting" (getting rid of) many physical things in my house!

Last week, I purchased a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo.  I have finished reading the book, and have started by going through my clothes and linens.  I have donated 11 shopping bags worth of stuff, and had another shopping bag worth of paper recycling, and another of garbage. I've realized that I own a lot more clothing than I had thought that I did.

After getting rid of many things, I have now merged two dresser drawers worth of things into one.  I have moved my pants from the top of my closet into the now empty drawer. My linen closet looks organized and it doesn't explode with things trying to escape when it is opened.

Organized Drawer of Pants
My newly organized drawer of pants.

13 comments:

  1. good luck with the challenge! I started reading the Kon-Mari book but just couldn't get into it. I managed to do the clothing (mine and both my kids, I didn't touch my hubby's stuff) and got rid of LOTS of items. It did feel good (and felt great knowing the unwanted items were going to someone that could use them!)

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    1. I've only done my clothes. Havn't touched hubby or daughters! Papers etc will be the hardest part for me.

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  2. Wahoo! I am a big believer in decluttering and purging my stuff! Way to go! Do you feel lighter already?

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    1. Yes!! But despite KNOWING how much stuff I've got rid of so far, I can't really tell looking into my room? I have to keep reminding myself it's a 6 month process.

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  3. Good luck with the "deleting"! I'm trying desperately to get rid of things, but my kids are at an age where they're old enough to complain about it (and/or hide things), and strongly believe that every bit of paper or elastic band is precious. :P

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    1. I'm only doing MY stuff. DD's teenage room is a nightmare.

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  4. I have the KonMari book and watched the folding videos on YouTube and I have to say, if nothing else she's got great ideas on how to fold and store clothes! :) I have yet to actually implement her folding techniques because children, but maybe this weekend.

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    1. Ooh, I havn't looked up any of the videos!

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    2. Ooh, I havn't looked up any of the videos!

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  5. I am so in awe. I need to do this myself!

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  6. I never considered going back to delete old posts! Hmm... something to consider.

    I started the KonMari method last month, after purchasing the book. WOW! What a life-changer it is! I'm seeing my things (and myself) in a whole different way. I'm documenting my journey on my blog and my Instagram account ( #mykonmarilifechange http://instagram.com/hanspray ). I can't wait to finish cleansing my whole home and keeping only the joy-sparking stuff!!

    Excited to be sharing this blogging adventure with you!

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  7. I SO need to delete a bunch of stuff from my house too. Hadn’t thought of going through and deleting old posts though, not a bad idea!

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  8. We're also going to be doing the KonMarie method here at home. I'm halfway through her book and can't wait to get going!

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