The odessy for organization continues to my bathroom. The KonMari Method worked for my closet, and contrary to my initial belief, my clothing are much easier to manage. Pairing The Method with a capsule-like wardrobe made my mornings simpler, less stressful, and made doing laundry a lesser process. Needless to say it was well worth the time spent. (Read about the closet process here.)
Bathrooms are easy places for clutter to build. Under the sink and inside cabinets, items are hidden from view and easily forgotten. Out of deodorant and toothpaste? Probably not in my house, but the little items cannot be found! Until now.
The bedrooms were difficult due to the sheer amount of clothing and small items tucked away in the closets and drawers. Nail polishes and old makeup were a lot easier to throw out than clothing I “might wear again someday.”
Now the bathroom surfaces are tidy and everything has a place, no more clutter to stress me out. All items under the sink are sectioned into baskets by catagory. My system is in place now to get use things I really do not like so not to waste, but only replace with products that “spark joy” like my Stella McCartney perfume or Chanel No. 54 Boy lipstick.
Decluttering the bathroom has allowed me to see what I actually use and what we dislike. I hate to just throw things away, but realized we had several bottles of Bath and Body Works and Mary Kay lotions in both mine and my daughter’s cabinets. My mother loves hand lotion, so she received a bag full. It was win-win. Mom got new lotions she was excited to use, and we freed up space and discarded things we did not need or want.
Currently my KonMari Journey has enabled me to organize my closet, my son’s clothing, and two of my bathrooms. These little changes have led to a couple things improving.
1. When shopping, I have been only purchasing things that are useful, truly needed, and will not contribute to clutter in my house. Shopping trips have been limited to only things that are absolutly needed at the current time.
2. Items have been easier to put away because they have a place. Bathroom products and cosmetics no longer litter the flat surfaces in the bathrooms. Things are up and out of my view.
The next area to tackle is the living room space. Oh, boy. The books in that room. Since having a Kindle in my life I have not read a paper book, yet own far more than three book cases can hold. Yes, I have three book cases in my home full of books and magazines. They have been a hindrance every move, but when I purchase a home in the coming months, they will not be traveling with the family, much like the junk I dumped from my bathroom.
The book for the Method says it takes six months to a year to totally organize the home. My goal is no more than six more months, as that is my target date for closing on a house. The next task is the living room, then the downstairs bathroom, kitchen, then finally I will tackle my teenaged daughter’s bedroom (maybe that should have been a Halloween special post!)
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