Konmari, step 2

I finally finished step 2, pants and skirts.  I still have a few steps to go before I’ll be able to move my hamper.  Why is anyone blogging about where to store the hamper? I’m blending methods from a few key books, and publishing progress is a recommended tactic. So back to the pants and skirts.

It’s not easy. There are still pieces that do not bring me joy that I’m struggling to part with.  The reward of more space wasn’t enough to motivate me to take onthejob for another two weeks, but I finally got started.

It’s done,  and with each step comes a refresh of the previous  steps,  so some tops that should have been let go, are in the pile. The hardest part is admitting the mistakes,  the bad purchases that just didn’t work out as intended.  The pants that I know we’re just a bit too short or tight, those are tough.

But konmari works,  I’m starting to see it for myself.  Now onto sweaters and jackets.

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Adding a carrot to the joy question

Do you know why your hamper is where it is? I don’t. It’s probably there because that’s where it fit. It’s definitely not there because that’s where I get undressed. And it’s only here because it’s the hamper that was handed down, no thought had ever been given to if it’s even the right hamper for the job!

Thinking about how I go about my day, how I interact with my space, is not something I am used to doing. But it makes perfect sense. My laundry basket is tucked away in a corner next to my bed, but my pajamas are in the walk in closet on the other side of the room. What happens? I get a pile of dirty laundry in the closet! There’s a book that says if you aren’t doing something that you say you want or need to do, make it 20 seconds easier and see what changes. Remove a barrier and happiness increases. Add an incentive (carrot) to do what is needed to address the barrier.

So if I don’t want dirty clothes piling up, how do I make it easier to put them in the laundry? Move the laundry basket to the closet so it is close by when dressing.

Now, I have a specific tactic that will help me answer the joy question. I don’t think the joy question is quite enough to get to where I want to be.  Keeping what I love isn’t enough, “love” gets loosely defined, “I love this because it fits and extends the time between laundry” isn’t what she meant.

Now, if I add the new incentive to the question, the process is easier. Combine, “do I love this”  with the idea that if I don’t, I am rewarded with space for the laundry basket.

Another way to answer “does it bring me joy?”

It’s a hard question, Konmari says to go through this process quickly. After the tops exercise, I believe a year could be considered quickly.

I definitely kept more than what brings me joy. I did all of my laundry, went through every top, made the decision, folded each piece with care, and stored in a visually pleasing way. And what did I learn, what I chose to wear first is what really bright me joy and when I decided to laundry because I missed what was dirty. When laundry was more attractive than wearing what was left in my drawers, I knew I had kept too much.
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Now the question is, do I redo step one, apparel/tops or continue with bottoms/pants,shorts, and skirts? I think continuing on is the best approach for me. Continuously increasing the amount of space I have “empty” is attractive and motivating to me.

Why so many tops?

I’ve been living with konmari baby step 1 for about 2 weeks. Every top was washed and sorted and what I thought were the joyful tops were put back, space is tight, very tight. I paid careful attention to what I chose to wear first and what I left behind until later. Conclusion, a good portion of my tops serve only one purpose, to delay the doing of laundry, I kept them only because they fit. They are not joyful, they are back ups that aren’t worn out, they are what I wear when what I really want to wear is dirty.

Live with the first konmari baby step before moving on. It’s 90 degrees and I’ve still got winter clothes on my closet, but had I rushed through, I would not have realized that I was keeping more than what is joyful to me.

I’m moving on to “bottoms”, again, it feels easier to just go through what’s hanging in the closet, but I took it out like the book said. Konmari says to do this work all at once, I agree but must point out that everyone’s definition of all at once is different. Don’t go months between steps, but at the same time, enjoy the fruits of your labour and live with your accomplishment for a little while. 
In my case it showed me that I was holding on to much more than what truly brought me joy. That revelation will make baby step 2, bottoms, much much easier to finish.

Does it bring me joy?

I tried the Konmari method of organizing for the first time today. Started with clothing, and considering that I have an entire second house full of stuff, I figured I’d take the slow learner path recommended in the book, “the life changing magic of tidying up”. Meaning I didn’t dare take on all of my clothes, just my tops. All of them, summer and winter. The whole process took about 90 minutes, a little longer than the hour I had planned.

Do I feel great in this, if not, it goes. It was actually much easier than it sounded and once I got going, it was much easier to let go.

One full bag including what was already in the donate pile and 2 items for sale.

Every top I own laid out on the bed, the whole process took about 90 minutes.
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