Monday, February 18, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 1 • Clothing

The #30daytidyingchallenge has officially begun! This challenge will run from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 30 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 1, we'll be going through a huge subset of the overall clothing category: tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses, suits, jackets, and coats. I've decluttered my clothing many times over the years, but this time, I want to shift my focus from picking things to discard to selecting things to keep. This is quite a big paradigm shift in terms of mindset, and I don't think I did very well with this today, but I'll keep trying over the next 29 days.

Some thoughts on Day 1:

1) Try to hone in on what it feels like to pick up an item that sparks joy. I had a lot of trouble with this when I first tried the KonMari method four years ago, because I didn't really understand the concept of clothing items sparking joy. Over the years, I've started becoming more and more aware of how this feels. Within the clothing category, there are some pieces that clearly spark joy, but there are also other pieces for which I've grown a tremendous fondness, simply because they are functional and useful--I can now truly say that these items do spark joy because I appreciate and value their utility. From today onward, try to be more aware of how you feel when you select an item of clothing to wear, even if it's a basic sweatshirt. Over time, you'll naturally become more attuned to which clothing pieces spark joy.

2) Do you want to bring this item with you into the future? Marie Kondo asked this question a few times on the Netflix series, and it clicked with me. I ask myself this question whenever I came across an item I am uncertain about. Deep down inside, I probably know these particular items don't spark joy, but there is something preventing me from letting go. Asking yourself if you want to bring this item with you into the future is a good visualization exercise to determine whether it still has room in your life.

3) Complete the tidying with no distractions. I love multitasking by listening to podcasts or watching YouTube videos when doing housework, but not during this tidying challenge! Rather than decluttering or housework, I'm thinking of this tidying challenge as a self-development and self-awareness exercise, so this means being fully attentive to how I feel about the items I am handling. At the beginning, it can be rather uncomfortable tidying in complete silence, but it is essential if you're trying to hone in on how you feel. If you must have some background noise, you can try playing some ambient music.

That is it for Day 1! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 2! :)

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