Tuesday, February 19, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 2 • Socks & Underwear

Welcome to Day 2 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 29 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 2, we'll be tackling socks, stockings, underwear, and swimwear.

Some thoughts on Day 2:

1) Balling up your socks is cruel. This KonMari-ism surprised me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more it resonated with me. Socks protect one of the most important parts of your body: your feet. I think about everything my feet go through in the course of a day, and this makes me appreciate and respect my socks even more. I stopped balling up my socks four years ago, when I first read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I was storing them in piles instead of vertically. This time around, I arranged my socks and underwear vertically, and I'm so happy with the result!

2) Use little boxes to organize within larger spaces. Most of us hang onto empty boxes because it seems like a waste even to recycle them. Now's the time to put these boxes to use! You can make use of smaller boxes within a dresser drawer or a larger storage space to organize smaller items contained within. For now, use the boxes you have at home. Once you are done with the discarding stage and are ready to move to the organizing stage, if you wish to buy some prettier or more sturdy boxes, that would be a good time as you will know exactly what type of boxes you need.

3) Your items will show you how they want to be folded. I learned on Day 2 that you don't have to fuss too much about the exact folding method. As long as you end up with a compact rectangle that will stand up on its own, you will be able to store things vertically as per the KonMari method. I noticed when I was folding my underwear and swimwear that your items will show you how they want to be folded, and it's really quite a natural process--so feel free to fold and tidy with confidence!

Thank you for tuning into Day 2! 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 3. :)

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