Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Decluttering: My Adventures with the KonMari Method of Tidying

While our youngest was away in Quebec for the month of July, my wife and I decided to try this new book all the fancy people are reading, Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  The book largely suggests that the way people clean their homes isn't the most effective, and that as your home is (theoretically) incredibly important to your well-being and happiness, it deserves to be cleared of the gunk that's been accumulating in it for years.

So we rolled up our sleeves and spent every weekend for the last month tidying, KonMari style...

The results were kind of interesting...
So here are all of our books (we were pretty worried the floor might give way)

And here is what we decided to let go...

From the gaming books...
To the University Texts...

To the massive collection in the garage.
And eventually we cleared up our shelves
Which is a lot.

...and I mean A LOT
And then, room by room, we went through everything,
From Seasonal to Storage

Including the room where we'd been storing everything.
And even cleared out the garage!


  1. Love this! I want to hear how you guys FEEL about your home now - any changes?

  2. Although our bookshelves mostly look as full as they did before, the house feels roomier, and honestly the rooms all feel a little bigger - it's actually quite nice! In the end we removied almost 70 bags of items to be discarded/donated or sold - CRAZY!