I haven't even read the New York Times Best Seller book by Marie Kondo “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” but I have friends who did and are raving about the book and sharing their decluttering stories. Instead, I ventured to Youtube to check out some of her methods for folding clothes and organizing, and basically spent the whole day being manic and slightly OCD about organizing my closet and clothes collection, the bookshelf, and the front closet. Believe me, when you realize you actually have four black tops, instead of one, you'll realize that you don't need to go out and by another one. You'll save money by decluttering and living in the present.
Save Money by Decluttering
Living a minimalist lifestyle and making do with what you have saves you a lot of money. When you live in a small space (read, less than 500 square feet) like I do (and it's going to get even smaller, my soon to be husband will be moving in with me, AND we're hoping to have a little one and will be living in our small space with the little one until he or she is a toddler. Vancouver is expensive and we don't see the need to get a bigger place at the present moment, so we'll see how living in less than 500 square feet will go! I still have much more to go declutter and organize, but am feeling much better already about how great everything looks!
The Marie Kondo Method
As mentioned in an earlier post, Marie Kondo is a professional organizer from Tokyo, who has become a global phenomenon. She writes about how to declutter. She focuses on living in the present and letting go (and thanking the item you are sending off on its way) of things that don't serve us any purpose or spark joy anymore. Her method goes something like this (for example, let's take my clothes closet):
- Grab everything off the shelves and hold each item and touch the fabric. Think about whether it “Sparks Joy” (this is apparently instantaneous and you will know right away if you feel joy or not). If you feel anything less than joy, then get rid of the aforementioned item.
- Then fold everything according to the KonMarie method (the Youtube video is a short demo on how to fold like Marie Kondo)
- When the item of clothing stands up, you know you folded it well. As someone who worked in retail when I was a teenager and folded clothes a lot of the time and folding the KonMarie way is very satisfying.
- This method of folding allows you to see everything that you have in an organized fashion, so you don't feel that sense of frustration when you can't find the 3 black shirts.
- It makes for a nice easy morning when you are getting ready for work
It's so true that if you don't see it, you forget about it. When I see my closet so organized, I feel like I have such abundance (weird, isn't it, because I just got rid of clothes). Here are some “after” pictures (I forgot to take a ‘before' but believe me, it was messy). As you can see I made lots of room for my fiancee in the closet. He already has some of his shoes in the shoe rack.
600 Square Feet and a Baby Can Do it Too
I finally got a chance to check out the 600 Square Feet and a Baby (well, now one baby and a toddler!) blog and even found a house tour on Apartment Therapy featuring them. They live in Vancouver and in a one bedroom condo. Super inspiring (especially with all the nice instagram photos) and I think that it can be done, especially with the help of Resource Furniture (it's transforming furniture from Italy and basically the coolest thing ever) and their wall beds. The couple on this blog have a Ulisse wall bed i their living room and they gave the baby the bedroom. I would love to get the Ulisse Dining. My friends all look at me with their mouths wide open and eyes wide when I tell them what our plans are. Readers, have you tried the Marie Kondo way of decluttering? Is it life changing?