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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tidying Up - Kondo Method

     The last couple months have seen me getting my health in order. Kidney stones (after sonogram and CT, thinking a blast would be needed) are clear for six more months when another x-ray is due; dermatology biopsy came back as psoriasis so continuing treatment and will see the doctor in six weeks; and, sciatica improving with exercises though I still can't lift as I used to... However, "with that said" (ha) I am moving forward with downsizing and "tidying up." The ultimate goal is to get this done so I can focus on some art projects. This is so exciting!

     Lynette did an FB post on a book by Marie Kondo, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing:

     I went to YouTube and watched a couple videos, one with a Marie Kondo interview and a couple others showing her method in use. Here are pics from today's initial start. One works at selection by categories - first is clothing. So, I am to take ALL of my clothing wherever it might be and put it in one place. Next, I eliminate by keeping what brings a "spark of joy," handling each item. 

     The book says that everyone is amazed at the amount of clothing (indeed); but, I am having fun and finding clothes that I really like and forgot I had - hidden somewhere back in a drawer or in my half closet. 

     So, a "wee bit" embarrassed at the amount of this pile; I still have to bring the clothes on hangers out, and the shoes (but I got rid of some of those last summer). 

And, the pile keeps growing:

Actually have "empty" drawers. Soon, "empty" closet.
Then, to choose what to keep and "sparks joy." 

Stay tuned - will post pics of the "folding" and outcome!


Vicki Boster said...

I love sorting through my clothes-- it's a great feeling to make a "give away" pile... And I always end up finding new treasures too! I'm so happy your health issues are improving and you have newfound energies and goals. It's great to know you are feeling so much better. Good luck with your organizing!!

Nadine Wong said...

Great start Karen. You will feel so much lighter when the first stage of your 'tidying up' is complete. And you are slowly working through your health issues. No where to go but forward.... Love N

Jeanne said...

Looks like you are really making headway tidying up your clothes, and so glad things are getting better with your health!

Unknown said...

It is freeing to get rid of some of the "stuff" that we all seem to find about us at times. I've been slowly doing some of the same lately, but looks like you are approaching it in a much more serious and productive manner. I know I am guilty of keeping things that I haven't used in years, but somehow think might still be needed someday. Glad you are feeling better, dear friend!