Sometimes I wonder if anyone’s life is hectic as ours. We may have five kids and one more on the way, but that doesn’t seem to stop us from grabbing life by the horns. In the last several months we have sold our house, and moved to a new city. This has been a period of incredible change for us.
Yet, while all of this was going on, I got an idea. Dangerous, I know.
I knew that we had stuff that we didn’t use or need, or even want. Pretty soon, we would have to move it all. That just seemed wasteful to me.
To egg me on, I found a wonderful book. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. I devoured it, despite some of the stranger parts, and went to work.
Here are the results…
First I rounded up all of the clothing category, as she suggests. It doesn’t seem like there’s much here, but there is, I promise. I’m not sure I got everything, and most of what I wear regularly was in the wash.
After two passes, my clothes fit in two drawers, with a couple of hanging coats. The strange thing is, with maybe half of the clothes left, I feel like I have at least twice as much to wear. I haven’t had problems with running out of clothes, even though I have six tops and three bottoms left.
Before, I was holding on to a lot of clothes that didn’t fit or weren’t comfortable or didn’t look good. It’s been a relief to let them go.
As you can see, I tried her folding method, but by the second drawer I gave up. If I folded my clothes her way, it probably wouldn’t even fill the second drawer halfway. And with all the other changes we’ve been through in the last little while, I felt like having to fold my clothes differently might send me over the edge!
I also went through shoes and jewelry and bags with the clothing. I don’t have a before picture, but I got rid of probably 3/4th of my jewelry, simply because I never wore it. This is what’s left.
As suggested in the book, I am only going through my own items, and the kids stuff. To be fair, Jeff has been surprisingly motivated since we moved. He produced two garbage bags of clothing of his own, and graciously parted with over half his books and all his old college papers. He says he wants our new place to be our dream home. I really hope we can do that. Frankly, moving has been a hot mess.
Currently, I am working on the books. I will share once they finally get put away.