For Christmas, Nick and I received the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Though Nick and I are by no means the neatest people in the world, we live pretty well with all of our stuff (Ed. Note: I disagree). However, with the baby coming and getting rooms ready for said baby, we thought that maybe we’d give this a try. So, yeah, this must be nesting if it’s getting us ready for the baby, right?
Ok. The first step is to read the book. I’m sure some people have heard of it. It was a NYTimes Best-seller, etc. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, it takes you a long time to read a book, despite its popularity. Especially one about tidying. So far, I’ve only read the section on organizing clothes. However, what I liked about it was it gave you an ordered list on what and how to tidy the everything.
Let’s keep the focus on clothes. CLOTHES! Nick and I have TONS of clothes. Clothes from HIGH SCHOOL (clothes that just say Abercrombie on them). Clothes from other people that we (I at least) have never worn! (Ed. Note: clothes from siblings-it’s a twin thing) Lots of clothes. And this might be a little graphic, so cover your ears while you read it, underwear from college. Pretty embarrassing but, really, what girl doesn’t have a stash of old underwear that she saves for when she has her period? (Ed. Note: I’m tempted to stop reading here. Way too much information!) Nick, who doesn’t ever have a period–I know this because I’m pregnant with his child–has no excuse for why he still has hole-filled, ripped, and all around trashed boxers. I can’t judge him though because of my period stash.
Weekend 1: We did laundry. As I was doing laundry I wondered to myself, “I wonder if the reason never do laundry is we have so many clothes we never reach that point of desperation.” (Ed. Note: See: Cognitive Dissonance) As you can tell from my wonderings, we don’t do laundry that often. It piles up, but we always have something else to wear. So maybe once we weed through all our clothes and only keep the ones that we really enjoy, we’ll do laundry more often. Because we’ll have to.
Now, don’t think Nick and I haven’t donated our clothes before. We often go through our clothes and bring big bags to the clothes drop boxes. The difference is we’ve never gone through all of our clothes at once. And for the KonMari method, you have to do it all at once. All the clothes in the house. Well, not the baby clothes. Once she’s gone through each stage (age? weight?) we’ll re-evaluate her things.
Weekend 2: Go through all the clothes. We started with Nick’s clothes because we figured he would have less than I do. We were right. We piled his clothes high on our bed and went through every…single…item… one-by-one.
As he went through them, he looked for stains, holes, and rips. He donated anything that was still in good condition and tossed anything that was past the point of no return in the trash. He got rid of SO MANY CLOTHES!!! 6 bags for donation! Go Nick! (Ed. Note: you’re welcome world!) He only kept things he really liked and now all his clothes fit in his dresser and closet. Those off-white, white t-shirts? Gone! Those holey/ripped boxers? Tossed! His mountains of SMC t-shirts? Today, only 1 or 2 remain! I was very good during this entire process. I just held out the donation bag when he needed it and kept all my thoughts to myself. Very nonjudgemental. I deserve an award (Ed. Note: It’s in the mail).
Then it was on to my mountain (Ed. Note: it was more like a great hilly plain). I definitely have more clothes than Nick, though mine take up less space. Our mountains looked pretty similar in size.
I ended up keeping two heaping baskets full of clothes and donating about 4.5 bags (Ed. Note: I’m pretty confident it was 3.5 bags. But who’s keeping score?). Pretty good. It was a little difficult because all of my winter sweaters I really haven’t worn since last year. I’m just too big for them. But I tossed any that I knew I would never wear again. Also, a small chunk of my 2 baskets was maternity clothes. Those, I plan on packing away post-baby for any sibling we might create (Ed. Note: my wife, the planner). There were quite a few dresses that I tossed because I don’t think I’ll ever wear them again. They served their purpose. The only dresses that I’m sure I’ll never wear again, but were paired the “toss” pile were the wedding dresses (one is my sister’s, thus the plural). I didn’t even take them out of the closet.
Now, hopefully, we’ll do laundry a little more because we have less clothes to wear (Ed. Note: See: Cognitive Dissonance). The next step in our book is to go through all the books. We’ve done this already, too (this past summer) but I guess it’s always good to go through them again.
On a related side note, the January PopSugar Box arrived this past week (thanks mom and dad!) and it has Marie Kondo’s other book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up in it! Yaaay! I’m not really sure how to read it. Am I supposed to read it instead of the first one? After the first one? Along with the first one (how would this even work)? I guess I’ll find out!