Uncluttering Your Life

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Unfortunately, I’m a pack rat.   I must have inherited it from my Popo (Chinese word for Grandma). My house is not like the houses you see on the show, Hoarders, but it’s cluttered.  My husband complains about the number of boxes I have, but that’s due to my side business.  I was watching Netflix and became fascinated by Marie Kondo, who is a Japanese organizational expert. 

I watched a marathon of her shows on Netflix.  Organizing my home and housework has always been a struggle for me because it doesn’t interest me, which is why it’s cluttered.   It’s an area of improvement that I have wanted to tackle for some time.  Marie has a system of organizing so everything has a place. It’s not about throwing everything away, but you will have to get rid of some things.  It’s more about everything has a place in the home.

The first step in her system is clothes.   I use to have the horrible habit of not letting go of clothes.   I had clothing that was too small and kept it because I was hoping it would give me incentive to lose weight.   As a result, my drawers are overstuffed with clothes that are too tight or too big.  I wanted to see if Marie’s organizational methods would work and that I could keep it clean and maintain it.

Marie’s method of dealing with clothes is to take all your clothes out.  Look at each piece of clothing and see if it sparks joy in you. If it doesn’t you need to get rid of it. At first the process seemed silly to me, looking at each piece of clothing and see if it sparked joy.   Everything is rolled up and neat.

However, when I did this process, it actually made the process easier on what I need to keep and dump. It made me realize that there are a lot of clothes I have held on to and I really didn’t like it.   Although, it took hours to do, it was well worth it. Now my drawers for the most part look cleaner and more organization.  It has been easier to maintain and now will take on other parts of the house in future blogs. 

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