A few weeks ago I started reading this book about Tiding and Decluttering. It’s amazing how reading a book about cleaning and throwing out “junk” could make you itch to start cleaning. For weeks I was getting more and more irritated by the clutter in my house and all I could think about was finding time to actually get started on the decluttering.
Last weekend I actually had some time to get my decluttering project started. Marie Kondo recommends starting with all the clothes in your house. Ans when she says “all,” she means ALL. So, I got together all my clothing, including the clothes in my closet and drawers, my clothing in my husband’s closet, and all my winter clothes down in our basement storage closet. I spread all of these clothes on the floor in our living room and I just looked. I knew I had a lot of clothing, but I had no idea it was that much. I took a moment to reflect on he rules and suggestions about paring down my wardrobe that I had read in the book. My preliminary guidelines were as follows: 1. If I haven’t worn it in the last year, 2. if at any time I thought about wearing it and then didn’t because I didn’t like it for some reason, and 3. If it didn’t “inspire Joy” when I held it in my hands.
After going through the pile of clothing twice, and then a third time as I placed what I decided to keep into my closet and drawers, I realized that decluttering my clothing was just the beginning of an amazing journey. I was amazed at how much lighter I felt just knowing that I had removed so much unwanted-ness from my closet. I longed to do more – She was right: once you start declutttering, you don’t want to stop. Unfortunately, the weekend was over and the next task will have to wait until I have another free block of time. While I still feel disturbed by the clutter and disorganization in the rest of my house, I at least had something done and the decluttering itch was satisfied for a brief moment.