Doing Marie Kondo

One of my goals this summer is to do a little clean-up in our home in order to pass on things we no longer use, as well as things I think we will never use. It is amazing how things just accumulate and when you need a particular item, it is always difficult to find. While doing this soul breaking task, I decided to try out an audio-book instead of listening to music. I hoped that the story would relieve the tedium and help the time pass by quicker.

I chose to begin in my bedroom and go through the clothing. I passed on the clothes that no longer fit me to my children – it seems such a long time ago that I was that size. I was pleased that I had kept the clothing, though, for my girls as they loved trying on the old clothes and picking out fashions from over a decade ago. No need to go thrifting when mom’s closet is nearby!

Now my clothing hangs freely in the closet and is so much easier to sort through. I have begun on the folded clothing and have sorted the drawers Marie Kondo style. I am loving it as it is so much easier to find the item you want – and so much more fits in the space.

I do tend to move between sorting our clothing and sorting my books. Yesterday, I worked on a large part of my book stacks. While sifting and purging my books, I switched off the audio CD as I found I could not focus on listening to the story and read the blurbs on books to decided which ones I would keep, or which ones I would pass onto my mom or friend. Yesterday afternoon, I had books strewn all over my bed. I felt disheartened as I was tired and the task felt never-ending but I persevered – I had to so we could sleep on the bed!

Most of my books on now on the shelves – I just need to sort my cookbooks and crochet books. There is still a lot to do in my bedroom, but I am determined for the room to be sorted and organised by the time my summer break is over.

When last did you organise your bedroom?

ยฉ Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. The theme for the month of July is “blue”.)

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24 thoughts on “Doing Marie Kondo

  1. You are good. I am constantly sorting and giving away stuff as I want to scale down. Yes we are keeping too much really. I need to it my audiobook when doing it, good idea ๐Ÿ’ก

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  2. I sure need to do some of this too.
    Funny to see all those books on the bed, because I do that sometimes, and yes they have to be sorted and moved before bedtime! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Hi Colline, I noticed your book collection. I love older books do you anything in astrological or philosophyical genres?

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  4. Books are hard to part with sometimes, but even harder is my postcard collection, stowed under the bed. If I take that out we’ll never get to bed for a month ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I think it’s a teacher thing to purge in the holidays. I spent some of the last week of my holidays cleaning out the linen cupboard. The next one to tackle is the craft cupboard from when our kids were little. I just wish my husband wasn’t so sentimental. He wants to keep everything! It feels so good to have less ‘stuff’ though, doesn’t it?

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  6. It’s tough to sort through our beloved stuff! My hubby loves to collect and save EVERYTHING! We watch Marie Kondo and I believe her techniques are rubbing off on him. I sorted some of my drawers and folded them vertically like you did, so much better. Most of my books live on Kindle. I donated 80% of my paper and hardbacks to the local Friends of the Library. Like you, I’m on summer break from teaching (university lecturer). NIce to meet you, Colline!

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    1. I am trying to get my husband to watch Marie Kondo – but I haven’t succeeded yet. Her show is inspiring one of my daughters so that is a good thing ๐Ÿ˜€
      I can’t give away all of my books though as I do prefer reading the hard copy. I only kept those, however, that still bring me joy.

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  7. I’m glad I found your post! I took a stab at Marie Kondo’s method back in January and it has helped my life immensely. I’ve since done another round with clothes and books because I find that as more time passes, I’m okay with getting rid of even more of my belongings. It’s a really freeing process. Glad that you’ve found it helpful for you as well.

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    1. I find that too – and I am hoping that my children will too. I have done a start in my classroom and hope that as the year passes, I will clear out a lot of things that are cluttering the cupboards.

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