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Oh, my aching back!

24 Jul

Seems it’s taking me a bit longer to get back into the Blogging Swing than I thought it would. Or maybe I’m just enjoying doing stuff in The Real World more than usual. It’s nice. Except for the sponge growing out of my couch, life is good.

I may have lost my mind, tho. You see, my back is sore today because I spent some hypnotically vague amount of time folding my shirts last night. Sounds insane, right? But it’s all connected, as you will see.

I’ve been very unhappy about the state of Towanda’s insides for awhile now. Most especially since The Kid moved in with me. There’s just too much clutter, too much Stuff, it’s total chaos and I have reached the end of my rope. I tossed a bunch of stuff but it still wasn’t enough. I feel like my skin’s on too tight but didn’t know quite why.

A few blogs I read have been touting this book

KonMari CoverI’ve never been one to “join” any sort of organizational method with any amount of ambition, but I bought the book for my Kindle and started reading. KonMari (as she likes to be called) has developed a system whereby her clients discard and then organize their possessions. “When your house is in order, wonderful things start to happen,” is my paraphrase of her main tenet, and anyone who knows me understands that I seriously need some forward motion right now.

Step one is to sort all clothing. ALL clothing. As in, gather every stitch of clothing in your entire house, including accessories, shoes and bags, and pile them in the middle of the floor. Then sort according to her method which amounts to, “if I were to see this in a shop today, would I buy it?” If the answer is “no,” out it goes. No second chances, no take-backs, no hesitation.

I’d already done a clothing purge a couple of months ago, putting all the Winter stuff into bins under the bed but I did it again with the warm weather clothes in the wardrobe. A surprising amount of things went out in a donation bag. I even purged some shoes! And I love my shoes…

KonMari recommends using shoe boxes inside drawers to organize clothing, hanging those things “that are happier to be hung up.” Having no drawers creates a bit of a dilemma, but I am Crafty and went out and bought some old wood drawers, painted them and added shelves inside. They stack inside the wardrobe and boxes sit on their shelves. Boxes that are now full of perfectly folded shirts and underthings. It.Is.A.Marvel. I kid you not.

However, this has led to a grim dissatisfaction with the state of the rest of my wardrobe. I may have lost my mind. I’m sitting at work and all I can think about are the bins of clothes under the bed and the state of the rest of the wardrobe. How many more pairs of shoes can I donate before I start to feel like I have “the perfect number?”

Where does this end? Should I keep track of how many bags (or pounds?) of crap I toss out the door?

The next catagory to de-clutter and organize is Books, followed by Papers (“just throw all of them away” is KonMari’s advice) komono (misc. stuff) and finally things that have sentimental value.

Books will be easy – now that I have a Kindle I don’t buy them any more and those that I have can be cheaply purchased on Kindle so long as I bought them on Amazon. There are a few that I will keep, but the vast majority will go. Papers will be even easier – it’s all crap and I’m eager to get it out of my space. Komono will be the longest process as I have a lot of things that would fall into this category.

Sigh. I really have lost my mind…

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Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Blather, Happy, KonMari, RV Living

 

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15 responses to “Oh, my aching back!

  1. JackieP

    July 24, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Yes, you have…but it will be an organized mind! 😉

     
    • Sofia Leo

      July 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

      LOL! I hope so 🙂

       
  2. NotAPunkRocker

    July 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I mentioned this book in the comments of another blog not too long ago, thanks for the reminder I actually need to READ it 🙂

     
    • Sofia Leo

      July 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Not only read – do the exercise with your clothes. It all leads to other areas of the house and maybe you, too, will find yourself obsessed. Thankfully, if you follow directions, you won’t ever have to do it again because you will be compelled to keep things tidy. She claims that 0% of her clients ever backslide into clutter again. Pretty big claim, but we shall see 🙂

       
  3. Mon (is a Girl's Name)

    July 25, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Organizing non-constructive thoughts in shoeboxes too xD

     
    • Sofia Leo

      July 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

      If only the lids would stay on 🙂

       
  4. Fat Bottom Girl

    July 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I need this!! Getting ready to downsize, as I’m planning on buying an RV and living in that for a while.

     
    • Sofia Leo

      July 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

      I’ve been living in a 30-foot travel trailer for 2.5 years now, and downsizing is a MUST! You’ll find that if you love everything you see it’s a wonderful way to live. One thing to remember is that everything must have more than one use – those single-job appliances and gizmos have no place in the life of a gypsy 🙂

       
      • Fat Bottom Girl

        July 27, 2015 at 10:49 am

        It’s definitely going to be an adventure! Do you live in a campground?

         
      • Sofia Leo

        July 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

        I live in an RV park. I haven’t been traveling because I have a job that keeps me here, but I want to hit the road someday.

         
      • Fat Bottom Girl

        July 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

        I don’t plan on moving around a lot, but just want to relocate to a different part of the country, and figured with 2 cats and a dog, that RV living would be easier.

         
      • Sofia Leo

        July 27, 2015 at 11:23 am

        It’s easier in so many ways! You take your home with you and that feeling is wonderful. Having pets really limits your housing options, so the RV Life is an easy solution to that, too. I write another blog that might interest you – http://www.travelswithtowanda.wordpress.com. I’ve got lots of projects going on that I’ll blog about soon-ish 🙂

         
      • Fat Bottom Girl

        July 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

        I’m really going to have to read up on those posts!! Thanks!

         
      • Sofia Leo

        July 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

        There’s a lot of info out there about RVs, most of it of the “find a qualified repair-dude to do the work for you” type of crap and most everyone just throws money at any problem that comes up. I happen to feel differently about that and will attempt pretty much any job myself first. So far it’s been fine 🙂

         
  5. livingmylifeinfear

    October 10, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Keep going. It is so therapeutic to be able to clear out. If only I could do this with my mind…
    I am now back to blogging after my posts weren’t fully posted! Please take a look at my blog over the past year, I could do with some guidance. Thank you

     

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