Monday, August 13, 2018

Heidi attempts to tidy - Part 2

The first step in the KonMari method is sorting your clothes. Here were all of my clothes ready to be sorted!
If you read my last post, you know I started on the KonMari journey. I have the personality that once I decide to do a project, I go for it 100%. Thus, the very next morning after I published my first post, I took the morning off work and sorted my clothes. I then made my way quickly through my books and kitchen items in the next few days.

One of the rather annoying (but I think brilliant in the long run) is that the KonMari method has very specific rules. First, you must go through everything you own in categories and keep what brings you joy. I defined bringing me joy as being functional or beautiful or just making me happy. You can then discard those things that don't bring you joy and thank them for their service. Only once you have gone through everything are you "supposed" to do the second part, which is to assign each and every item a place in your home where it lives. This prevents you from abandoning the sorting project in lieu of the organizing, which is more fun. It is also very logical as you don't know the extent of how many items you will be keeping and may decide your storage is better used another way. 

For me, this worked fairly well as I live on my own. Here are some notes I took that may help other crafters as they engage on this journey.

Heidi's hopefully helpful notes:
  • In addition to the 'keep' and 'discard*' piles, I included a few extra as outlined below:
    • Garage sale** (stuff that is nice enough to give away or sell at a garage sale I'll be co-hosting in a few weeks)
    • Mend (I had a lot of clothes that do bring me joy but are torn or worn out and just needed some mending
    • Repurpose or use before KonMari journey ends, then discard the rest wisely. I had a lot of small containers and some fabric scraps that I thought would be useful for mending, so I kept these separate. I decided at the end of my KonMari journey, I will recycle anything I don't use. I have already used most of the containers and boxes as drawer organizers, so this is working well for me.
  • I sorted my sewing supplies early in the process. 
    • I really love my sewing supplies. I have two vintage Kenmore sewing machines and an antique sewing basket full of both antique sewing supplies found at an estate sale and modern supplies I have added. 
    • I display my thimbles and buttons in cute jars - they bring me a lot of joy. (ironically, sewing supplies and buttons are one of the things that Marie Kondo suggests people can part with. While I do think she is brilliant, she is obviously not a crafter ;).)
    • Even though I love my supplies and kept most of them, there were still a few that ended up in the garage sale pile. I hope someone else can give them a home.
  • For my yarn and fabric (which I saved for toward the end of the process), it was super helpful to have the garage sale pile. I envision that yarn and fabric have so many possible futures and I hope that someone will delight in finding these supplies at such a great deal and make them into something wonderful one day (or pass them on to someone else at their own garage sale when they pare down their supplies). If I were not donating/selling these, I would have had a really hard time getting rid of them. I was happy using the KonMari method as there was no judgement involved about how much yarn to keep! If it brought me joy, I kept it! :)
Yarn sorting took up my entire living room!
* for the discard pile, I did my best to find a way to recycle most everything I could so that my things would not sit in a landfill forever. One of the reasons that I think I accumulate things at yard sales and estate sales is that it gives me a lot of joy to keep these items out of the landfill and I can always imagine another use for them. I donated my underwear and bras and clothes that were too worn out to sell to a nearby USAgain bin. They use what they can and, as far as I can tell, distribute items that can still be used to third world countries. They recycle the rest (lots of fabrics can be recycled into insulation and other useful things). I discovered my local Goodwill will accept fabric scraps to be recycled (I am emailing them about yarn scraps now) and I dropped off a large bag of fabric scraps there.

** I am lucky to have a storage space near my parking spot. I moved everything designated for the garage sale there soon after sorting so I wasn't distracted by the visual clutter or tempted to rummage through it for anything. Part of me wishes I could have driven everything to a donation center right away to help clear my space and mind, but I am looking forward to the garage sale (where there will be a huge FREE pile!).

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