Organizing Update

My kind of organizing 

I'm still in the thick of it with my organizing.  It's a sloooowwww process when you have little ones at home.  My progress is completely contingent on nap schedules and how many snacks my children need in a given hour.  (The day they scream "Ma! The Meatloaf!" I'm out.)

I would give anything to have Mr. Carson live with me.  I don't like to let silly terms like "fictional characters" get in the way of my dreams, but this might be one I have to let go.  So instead, I turned to another expert: 

I started reading the incredibly popular book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. The whole idea behind the book is to surround yourself with only those things that spark joy, and during that process you have to bid the things that don't spark joy a literal farewell.  

It's totally kookoo for cocopuffs, except it's not.  In fact, I find myself nodding as I read and quietly whispering, "Yeesss, That's right." Once I started the process of asking whether or not a particular item sparks joy, I was all "Holy Oprah! I get it!!!"  It's an easy, quick read, too.

Dare I say, I am a Konvert (had to).  I have successfully gone through my closet and while I maybe have 5 outfits now, I can tell you, they all bring me joy AND are really the only things I wear anyway.

I also have 9 bags of perfectly good clothes ready to go to a local thrift shop, which supports a domestic violence shelter. And I've gone through all of my jewelry and delivered a box of pretty things for a formal wear drive for low-income students to go to prom. Nothing about this feels wasteful.  I actually feel bad that all of that stuff sat in my closet, unused for so long.  I always thought I might sell some of the stuff, but ultimately I realized I was just adding another item to my "to-do without the kids" list.  

That line almost made me cry, which is so silly.  But it's so true!  
I've read through the entire book once and now am going back to go through the "KonMari" Method, one category at a time. You start with clothes, then books, then papers, miscellany and finally sentimental items.  Her theory is that by the time you get to the sentimental items, you will be a seasoned pro.  I feel like I'm on my way!* 

*Thank goodness because The Container Store is opening down the street from my house, and I swear my credit card jumped out of my wallet and hid trembling in fear.  I can do some damage at a store full of acrylic boxes and good pens.

I'll be back to regular pretty pictures with not a lot of words next week!

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Truthfully, I have always functioned better with less. It's strange...I have a master closet that was once a bedroom until some remodeling took place. It's beautiful and big. Everyone always comments on the size. Once I moved in, my clothing used only 1/4 of the room. Ha 1/4! I get confused with too much. I also think it stiffles my creativity. Let your mind be free for the things that really matter.
    Nice post! I enjoyed the way you wrote it....You're invited over to my patio. Your going to dig my blue and white fountain! I just know it...
    The House of Hampton

  2. You are starting to inspire me! I definitely have lots of small areas to organize and declutter and don't even get me started on the clothes we need to give away....years and years of three boys with all their stages, heights, tastes,etc......I am taking it one step at a time otherwise it will get me overwhelmed and i will throw in the towel before I even get started. So I started with a large spare closet that has become a dumping ground for all the clothes no one wears anymore. I bought big lawn bags and am starting to fill them up.....I will feel so much better when they are off to a place that I know they will be immensely appreciated. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress! Have a great weekend.

  3. We could all use a Mr. Carson every now and again! Such lovely advice and tips on organizing- wish me luck as I start the process myself!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  4. OH! I didn't know anyone else dreamed of Mr. Carson living with them. (I'd take the whole downstairs gang and be happy just changing clothes 6 times a day!) However, since no 'downstairs' staff has materialized, beyond a dear lady who comes in 2 half days a week to help me reclaim my home from the other 5 days, I think I need to read the book. It sounds like pure inspiration! I agree with the process of clothes, books, papers and then the rest.

    Feel free to update your progress anytime you'd like. I think it's something to which most of us can relate.


  5. Jennifer - Thank you for letting us know about this wonderful book. I've already ordered a copy on Amazon and paid extra for overnighting it and am getting ready to download it on my Kindle, too. You've really inspired me to finally let go of all of the things I've been hanging on to. This sounds like just the ticket I need to get me started on my way to a decluttered, simpler life. And my husband will be thrilled to be able to park his car in the garage again. Thank you!

  6. It is such a great feeling to purge and donate those things now unloved and unworn!
    Someone will be ale to have a new sweater or pant that will thrill them! It is a never ending challenge( for me anyway) even though I have downsized, those closets still seem to fill up!

    The Arts by Karena

  7. Your donations went to such beautiful causes. Very inspiring.

  8. So needing to get organizing and love your tips. Definitely needing to purge my clothes, but oh it's so hard…

  9. my annual 40 bags in 40 days cleanup starts next Wednesday and I cant wait!

  10. Since our move last year I have been determined to get rid of things that I "might use one day" ... it is hard! But we are moving forward and it is starting to feel good!! Good luck to you!

  11. Thank you for this!! Starting my closet today!


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