This post is seriously jam-packed. Do you see that title? We’re going to go in order. First, we’ll talk book organization, then you can hear about the time my husband got booed on “The Price Is Right”, and lastly I’ll give a little update on my KonMari clothing organization.
If you are not familiar with the KonMari way of organizing, you can find a brief overview here. If you remember, in the “clothes organizing” post, I only organized MY clothes, but with books, I had to involve my other-half. My husband is a definite, “Keep it, we might need it one day.” person, while I’m a “We haven’t used it. We won’t use it. Let’s get rid of it.” person. This created an interesting dynamic as we sorted through our book collection.
Piles of Books
In true KonMari fashion, I went around the house collecting every book we own, and got quite the workout while accumulating this pile. I don’t think the hubby was feeling my KonMari vibe, as he felt no need to touch each book to see if he experienced joy. Say what? It’s fine. He did pretty well. Marie Kondo writes that books are harder to part with than clothes for many people. Perhaps this is because we feel we may need the book at some point in the future, or, we haven’t read the book in all the years we’ve owned it, and maybe, just maybe, we will actually want to read it someday.
An Exception to the Rule
While I didn’t find it too difficult to part with many of my books, I did make an exception with a few text books from my graduate classes. I may take the licensure test at some point in the future, and I do not want to go around buying all the books I already own. My husband felt the same. His dream is to own his own business one day, so many of his finance books may prove useful. We did, however, take these books to a shelf down in our basement, so they weren’t cluttering up our living space. This is the pile of books we let go of:
Not too bad, right? My goal was to clear enough space to house my homework caddy on the shelf with a few educational workbooks I have for the kids, and that was accomplished, so I’m pretty happy.
See those encyclopedias? My husband won those on The Price Is Right! He may be the only person in Price Is Right history to get booed. Here’s the story: This little lady was decked out in a puffy-paint sweatshirt with the words “Make My 90th Birthday Bright. Let Me Be On The Price Is Right”. She bid $1000 on a keyboard, my hubby bid $1001 and beat her out. The crowd booed, and Bob Barker wasn’t so happy with him either. Poor guy. He went on to win the keyboard, encyclopedias, and a living room set. He spun 95¢ on the big wheel, decided to stay with it, and the contestant after him spun $1.00. Karma.
Here is my original post on Organizing Clothes: The KonMari Method, which you might want to read before you read the update. Here’s a few tweaks I’ve made since tidying my clothing.
I Kept Some Discarded Clothes… Yikes!
After my original sorting of clothes, I didn’t run straight to Goodwill. The clothes just sat in a pile on my bedroom floor for awhile. After a couple days I realized I r-e-a-l-l-y wanted to wear a pair of PJ bottoms that were in the pile. I figured this meant they actually did spark joy, so I took them out. Then, when I wanted to do some yard work, I had no grubby clothes to wear… they were in the unjoyful pile. While they still don’t spark joy, I felt they were useful none-the-less. I believe I pulled approximately 3 items from my discard pile, which I think is still pretty good.
Back on the Hangers
I really did try the KonMari method of folding clothes for an entire month. While my drawers looked beautiful, I found the process of folding to be tedious. I resumed my “hanging clothes on hangers” approach, and I can still see everything I own which is the whole point.
The Socks are Back in Balls
The KonMari method has you roll your socks in a certain manner that I just couldn’t get behind. I have folded my socks the same way ever since I learned to roll socks, and I like it. It works for me. Therefore, much to Marie’s dismay, I’m sure, I have resumed folding my socks into balls.
A Time Saver
I was slightly afraid when I looked at my bare closet. I really didn’t choose to keep much, but now I love it. I wake up in the morning and only have about 3 bottoms and 7 tops to choose from, so I don’t spend much time pondering what I’m going to wear. It’s simple; and because I now only own clothes that “spark joy” I like my options. I thought for sure I was going to need to go on a shopping spree to replenish my wardrobe, but truth-be-told, I have only bought one top since my clothing purge.
Have you tried the KonMari method of tidying? If so, what have you found to be helpful, and did you tweak any of the ideas?
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