Stuff In/Stuff Out: My 2019 Declutter Adventure

I made this commitment to myself that I would start blogging again, mostly to see if I still even liked blogging. I know I still like writing, and I do that with some regularity, but do I like writing about me? That remains to be seen.

Like much of the Netflix viewing audience, I have caught Kondo-fever. I have been decluttering and tidying and discarding like it is going out of style. Quite frankly, it probably is going out of style and might have already peaked. I am still all in.

I read the book years ago when it was released in the United States, attempted clothes, found the whole thing weird and too restrictive and gave up. I still followed her on instagram and would see amazing after posts and wistfully dream about having a tidy home. Then we moved and moved again and I did apply the principles of spark joy to many things as we moved, but I know I kept to much stuff. And to make matters worse, this home has lots of storage and it was easy for my worst stashing tendencies to takeover.

I’d already planned to start a mass declutter in January, using the method described in Lose the Clutter, Lost the Weight (minus the food an exercise methodology, because I had my own plan for that) and I was going to be a WHOLE NEW PERSON by the time my birthday in June rolls around. And then January struck and everyone got the fever and it was contagious.

So I watched the show and re-skimmed the book and got to work on my clothes. And made it through! And then books (at least the books I could access in the home and not those in storage). And made it through that. Paper almost killed me but I made it through our insanely full filing cabinet with stuff dating back to our wedding (2004!) and earlier.  I hit the ground running for misc and I am emptying all of the cabinets and drawers and sorting out school, office and craft supplies and pondering a new storage plan.

But then (and isn’t there always a but then), I found myself buying some things despite the fact I am working on getting things out of the home. A couple kids plates. New bath towels, A shredder (at least that is a straight replacement, I shredded the old one to death over the weekend). And I started to get a little nervous. The nervousness was amplified when I started listening to The Year of Less (at least I got that from the library). I realized I would never cure my clutter problems if I didn’t also cure my consumerism and mindless spending.

Each of the chapters of the book details a month of her year and opens with some stats. Amount of money saved/months sober and a couple other things. I think I might borrow that idea for some monthly recaps here. I need to focus on what my big goals are for the first half of 2019: decluttering and organizing the house, keeping it clean, losing weight, becoming a more mindful consumer, reading more books while purchasing fewer books. As it is nearing the end of the month, I probably will officially officially start my mindful consumer tracking adventure in February, I will start the actual work now. And do the best I can to figure out at least my big purchases from January and do a practice post.

I don’t know. I am a mess. It is probably time to start being my actual self on the internet.

 

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