Like everyone else with a Netflix account, I was enthralled with the show Tidying Up when it was released in January. I have heard of the KonMari method of simplifying your life by only keeping items that “spark joy” but, truth be told, it seemed kind of silly to me until I watched the show. For some reason, it really resonated. I’ve been wanting to simplify for quite a while and have been trying for about a year to make small changes here and there, but I felt very convicted about it this time. I jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back.
This method is about finding the things in your life that bring you a sense of peace and letting go of stuff that is only adding to the chaos. Plus being grateful for what you have. It’s the gratitude aspect that resonated with me the most. I love the idea of clearing out all of the excess so we can breathe, having more free time, more money, and instilling a deeper sense of gratitude and pride of ownership in our kids.
Minimalism is a huge lifestyle change and it won’t happen overnight. This post is long because there is so much to share! I’ve been slowly working toward this change for several months, but I was overwhelmed and not really sure how to do it with 5 school-aged kids who all have their own opinions about their toys and clothes. This is where KonMari has been a big help for me. I really am enjoying having an outline of exactly how to proceed. We’ve been slowly decluttering over the past year, but going about downsizing in a more organized way following the KonMari method for about a month.
Am I finished? Not even close. I’ve done several areas of our home, but I expect this process to take a minimum of six more months before we’ve completed most of the steps. I wanted to show you everything I was able to accomplish in the first 30 days. [Read more…]