I hope you all had a great weekend, and for those celebrating, wonderful Mother’s Day (in my neighborhood, I could tell it was Mother’s Day because of all the female joggers out)!
My weekend got caught up getting cleaning out our guest room to become our toddler’s future bedroom, which was an ordeal partially because the closets in that room are where we’ve traditionally stashed away all our clothes and items we’ve been loathe to give away but don’t really have much use for…you know, the sorts of things Marie Kondo would advise to dump into a garbage bag without a second thought. I finally went and bit the bullet, tossing out at least eight bags of items. “I’ve moved past being obsessed with material goods,” I told myself. “I buy for minimalist function.” Some of the contents:
- Two bags of books, because I can’t stop buying paper books even though I love my Kindle
- Several hideous “family heirlooms” which we have decided we will not inflict on our children
- Airline amenity kits which we thought were really cool but have never used again
But by far the most plentiful items were clothes. My clothes, including at least seven failed attempts at the “perfect white t-shirt” and related sorts of items. Which is so disappointing, because I’ve read Tidying Up at least twice, have Kondo’d my entire house multiple times, moved to an entire new place which should have also been when I could have started anew…and there’s still more! I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that state where I only add pieces which are perfect, and where I never have to. But I’ll keep trying, because it just feels so good to throw out, and start anew. I just wish I was more efficient.
Have any of you done Kondo and not had to go back? What have been some of your tips? I’d love to hear your successes (and failures, so I don’t feel so lonely).