Do you know how to do this? Neither do I! There I said it. I thought I might bring you all along as I finally try to tackle this issue for myself. Feeling bogged down by “things” is something I have struggled with my entire life. I am in the process of doing some real self-reflection on what my consistent need to organize means. So far I am thinking it is mainly associated with control-or a lack of it. More on that later.
I have Mario Kondo’ed and throwing away anything that doesn’t spark joy has been really difficult for me because:
- I have a baby
- I have a baby
- I have a partner who lives with me and has things-
Marie Kondo’s method would only work for me in a world where I lived alone in a 400 sq ft apartment. What if you share a life with people who have things that bring them joy? What if there is a joy-clash?
Right now we have things in two houses–Denver and CA. We don’t have a lot of stuff- anyone would see our space and say it looks fine, if not tidy. Still, it feels congested to me.
I want to feel light, free, and focused. I want to wake up and hang out with my baby and not have the same items on my to-do list and things in piles around me. I want the weekly chores to be very minimal and maybe even enjoyable. I want to walk into my bathroom and have 4-5 things to choose from, not four drawers of old and miscellaneous products I never use. When I have endless tasks associated with organizing, it makes me feel the opposite: clouded, tethered and stressed. For the next week I am going to be sharing my research about decluttering and my plan for moving forward- a plan that works for me.
I hope you will read along. Do you have any tips on getting started with a decluttering project?