Studying martial arts from a young age taught me not underestimate the small person – for most of the time I was that small person.
Lifestyle, tidying, de-cluttering guru, Marie Kondo is definitely one of those opponents you should be wary of. I was gentlemanly and didn’t look up her personal information but from watching just one of her tv episodes she seems tiny!
I will confess that I had read one of her books before – and that I acted upon none of it.
I read and understood the principles, I could visualise the end result, but the anxiety of being in the process left everything the way it was with just the occasional ‘putting away’ more effectively of too much stuff.
Switching study’s with my wife brought me back around to tackling clothes and other paraphernalia which needed sifting.
Surprisingly, after the main furniture move between the two rooms, I was taking a break and looking for something to mindlessly watch for half an hour with a cup of coffee, and a well known online tv supplier highlighted Kondo’s tv series to me.
I watched. The methods detailed in her book were refreshed in my mind. I was convinced sufficiently this time to give it a go.
What did I have to lose, I already had more stuff out of the wardrobe than in it now, so I couldn’t close the doors and pretend everything was fine.
I’m not sure that I selected clothes on whether they gave me joy – except all of my rugby jerseys, of course! – but I was far more realistic, or ruthless, in getting rid of items I really hadn’t worn for a good length of time.
Then came the folding!
If it was a competition I wouldn’t have won on either speed or consistency, but the satisfaction of being able to see all of my clothes and, therefore, not just pulling out what ever was on the top was greater than I expected. Shirts on hangers, suits and dress coats in one half of the wardrobe, general outdoor jackets and gillets on the other side. I even had space left to put hats, scarves, and gloves inside, instead of in another storage unit.
Books I had already sorted, but there are items I will thin out further, just from glancing across the shelves.
Pens, pencils, cables, notebooks, paperwork, all sifted and thinned.
The numerous ‘miscellaneous’ drawers and boxes quickly became the throwaway/recycle drawers and boxes.
The final result?
The admission that I should have done all of this when I read Marie Kondo’s book to begin with!
Once the trauma of dealing with everything you have drawn into your home has been overcome, the product of less but more effective ‘stuff’ in your life is like a weight being lifted.
Once you engage with the process the ease with which you can maintain the system makes you wonder why you didn’t do this years ago.
One of the biggest lessons is the realisation that you are actually creating a system which then needs maintaining.
It’s a flow-system like any other.
Maintain the system and enjoy the flow.
It has been a couple of months now but all is ‘flow’ still.
Plus, I am discovering the mindset is seeping in to other areas of my life.
My phone now has less apps – a lot less. I am even looking at it less. Use, as well as functionality, is a key driver now.
If there was a sticker out there declaring ‘I’ve been Kondo’d’ I would gladly display it!