Sunday, 7 January 2018

Tidying Update


Back in September I completed the not insubstantial task of tidying Louis' room using the principles in Marie Kondo's 'Life Changing Art of Tidying Book'.  Four months on and it's a miracle!  His attic retreat remains in good order.  True I have to pop up and retrieve socks, pants and sweet wrappers from under the bed.  But there's not been a return to the groaning pit of squalour it used to be where I stood in despair and thought  'Where the hell do I start with this lot!'


The landing outside is also ordered.  There's even storage areas that are empty.  And  there's still plenty of shelf top available for Louis to acquire more crap to display.  Of course I meant treasures just then.

The rest of the house remains easy to look after as well now that all that I own has a home.  Yes I've had plenty of people take the piss but let them.  Honestly I feel happier now as my tidying heroine, Marie, promised.  But then I always knew that it would be so.  For I'd worked out the inter-relationship between an uncluttered environment and a calm mind a long time ago. 


Just two problem areas remain.  The sheets on the top shelf of my linen cupboard are messy.  I'm not the best at precision folding yet.   I'm on a mission to work something out.   By the way all my pillowcase are stored vertically in that storage box.  I'm super happy with that arrangement.  Sad isn't it?  No wonder Louis periodically forces me to self test for OCD.



My food cupboard isn't to my liking either.  I'm blaming the Second Martha Stewart.  She sent me away with two big bags of  uneaten food from her holiday home at the end of her stay.  So my larder is a bit crammed.  I'll just have to set about thinking how to use some of the strange goodies I've accumulated and start munching.  Bacon jam on a great big gingerbread man anyone?

This system works.  I'd really recommend it.   The house is easier to clean.  Nothing gets lost because everything has its own home.    Every purchase is made on the basis of whether it brings joy and enhances my life.  Way more stuff still leaves my home than is making its way through the door.  The sense of space is wonderful and still expanding.

10 comments:

  1. I spy that you are a fan of the Lakeland storage boxes-I like how they stack on top of each other and am also impressed that you write on them too! I have lots and lots of them and did you know that a wee squirt of WD40 removes the writing. I am still tidying and decluttering, slowly but getting there. Finally stopped raining so I may venture out today for a walk-still as weak as water from my flu/ infections. Catriona

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    1. Yes they're the Lakeland ones. Well spotted. I've had them for years and they're brilliant. I just clean the writing off with a scourer. xx

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  2. With the sheets, would it help to do as we do, which is to put together a "set" - duvet cover, sheet, 2/4 pillowcases - and then put them all into one of the pillowcases. Then yu have evrything together for when you change the sheets. The package can be squished down a bit flatter & then they sit on top f each other in your drawer, cupboard or wherever

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    1. Ah - sitting on top isn't allowed in Joyful art of tidying at all. Maybe they'd stack on end. The other thing I thought about was rolling each duvet cover tightly. xx

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  3. I need to do this.I have been in the same house 35 years & oh dear I have clutter & hidden clutter.I find it quite stressful when I have to dive in to find the item.I can eventually locate it but am exhausted & disheveled by it all.Clutter is my big problem .I do have attempts from time to time to deal with it but it then appears again x

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    1. I'd really recommend this book as it addresses your relationship with your stuff which is needed to get a handle on things permanently. Good luck. xx

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  4. After reading this I've just downloaded her book onto the Kobo app on my phone. I want this to be the year I take back some control over the unnecessary mess & clutter in the house.

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    1. Oh great! Just so you know I went off piste and did one room at a time. This was seen as a bit of a no-no in the book but hey it worked! It continues to make such a difference. xx

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  5. I got the same book a couple of months ago after reading about your decluttering. I followed some of her principles and got rid of loads of stuff just before Christmas, but still a long way to go yet. Going to start again later this month (few other things to do first)
    Carolx

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    1. Yes I had a little break before tacking the 'evils' of Louis' bedroom. I had to psyche myself hard to go up there. Should have taken 'Before' shot. It was awful.xx

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