Reason #412 why the KonMari Method works: You have no idea just how much stuff you have of a specific item until you see all of it in one place. (I better start working on the other 411 reasons.)
I have already completed the 1st category of the KonMari Method, CLOTHES. I included all accessories in the category as well – jewelry, scarves, shoes, and totes/purses. I also KonMari’d my kids’ clothes.
I am now on to the 2nd category, BOOKS.
In my head (again), I did not think I had that many books anymore since I had purged some last year and again this past January. Marie Kondo has you collect ALL books from your entire house and put them all in one place. I had books in the office, books in my bedroom, books in the family room, and cookbooks in the kitchen.
Kondo then has you handle each book and decide if it sparks joy. I sorted them into categories: college books, fiction, non-fiction, and cookbooks. Reason #437 why the KonMari Method works: each category prepares you for the next category. Sorting through my clothes first made me more aware of what brings me joy. This made tackling books much easier. I am already in the right mindset. I kept maybe 12 books. I took pictures of the rest and offered them to friends on Facebook and put the rest in a TO SELL pile.
Once my books were sorted, I tackled my kids’ books. They have a TON and they are EVERYWHERE and they are a MESS. Here is the BEFORE picture of their bookshelf in their closet:
I love children’s literature, and recently realized that I love my kids’ books more than they love their books. I had a feeling this would be harder for me than them. I gathered all of their books from around the house – most were in the office and their bedroom closet but some were mixed in with their toy bins. I sorted them by type of book – baby/board books, hardbound books, paperback books, religious, reference/non-fiction books, classics/favorites, and chapter books.
I sorted out the ones that I thought they were too old for and ones that I figured they really didn’t need anymore and then had them help me with the rest. My 7 year old wants to keep everything and declared “JOY!” with nearly every book, but my 9 year old thought about it carefully before deciding and was able to discard some of her books.
I sorted the discard books into piles for friends that I thought would appreciate them and then added the rest to the sell pile. I was able to put ALL of their books back into the bookshelf in their closet. The top row is my 9 year old’s favorites and her current and future level chapter books. The 2nd row is my 7 year old’s favorites and her current and future level chapter books. The bottom row is miscellaneous but slightly organized in order of religious, places, animals, fairy tales, and seasonal/holiday.
I took the rest to Half Price Books. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t get much when I heard the clerk swear under his breath when he saw me and my big laundry baskets full of books (seriously), but I made $34 which is actually more than I thought I would get!
Side note: I found another purpose for my Twilight series – we need a new bedframe so the entire series is keeping the bedframe in place until we get it replaced….
Have you tried the KonMari Method yet? Is it working for you? I would love to hear from you!