Who else is addicted to Marie Kondo’s Netflix series? I’m (im)patiently waiting for the second season to come out. I think my jaw dropped in every episode when they showed the results after she guided the participants! It also gave me this weird, happy feeling inside.
I don’t even want to say how many bags of things we’ve gotten rid of since I started reading about this tidying phenomenon, but it’s A LOT. I never felt like my house was messy or cluttered, until I decluttered and simplified it. Every time I open a drawer that I’ve worked on, I get so excited. I’m serious, I thought she was crazy when she said seeing it tidy will make you feel so happy that you’ll want to keep it tidy. She was right. It brings me so much joy!
I’ve realized I don’t need materialistic things in my life to make me happy. Most the things I donated were tucked away in drawers or cupboards and unused, so I hope they can bring joy to someone else! In one of the episodes on her shows, the dad mentions that he doesn’t want his son to value materialistic things. I hope now as we continue to simplify here, that my kids will have the same mindset. It’s easy, especially in the Amazon era, to get things instantly if we want it!
The best gift we received over Christmas were season tickets to Adventureland (it’s an old theme park not too far from us and the nostalgia it gives me every time we go is priceless). It wasn’t a materialistic item, it was something that my family will be able to enjoy together. My mom always gets the boys a zoo pass for their birthdays which I also love. I am vowing to have our UPS and USPS guys at our house less this year!
If you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s book, you have to snag a copy of it! I’m linking it here. However I LOVE her book, Spark Joy found here. Spark Joy shows you how to fold different clothing items, how your cupboards should be arranged, what should be in your bathroom, etc. It’s kind of like the illustrated version of The Life-Changing Magic Art of Tidying Up. It’s probably obvious that I’m obsessed, but I’M OBSESSED.
Rhett’s Drawers BEFORE
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Rhett’s Drawers AFTER
I’m cracking up because the “before” pictures are clearly taken during the day and the “after” pictures must have taken me juuuuust a little bit of time because it was definitely dark out. BUT..the result is still the same no matter how long it took! It was worth it!
I used the KonMari method that Marie Kondo created and teaches both in her book and Netflix series. I did the older boys’ rooms too, and Ryne kept telling me how much he loved his drawer. He has a pair of “fuzzy” pants that are his favorite and this method of folding allows you to see every shirt and pant that you have! It’s so easy for them to just grab what they want instead of throwing all the clothes out of the drawer.
I had to reread the paragraph I just wrote and I’m going to be honest, I’ve been struggling so hard with Ryne’s 5 year old attitude. I really have struggled and it’s been heavy on my heart. Writing about his excitement of his clothing drawers makes me so happy. His personality is a lot like mine, and lets be honest..sometimes I don’t even like being around myself and I can’t escape it! He is the first to help me pick up too and puts everything in it’s place. The other boys (and man) have some work to do! Now I can’t wait for him to wake up to give him a big hug and tell him how much I’ll miss him when he is at school. Then I’ll get to the pickup line 30 minutes early and read everyone’s social media posts about the crazy people who arrive 30 minutes early!
I’m crazy! Come be crazy with me! Send me your before and after pictures if you decide to do the KonMari method of tidying! Otherwise, find me in the pickup line 30 minutes early reading more tidying books!