Thursday, March 7, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 18 • Home Decor

Welcome to Day 18 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 12 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 18, we'll be tidying home decor, figurines, collectibles, and picture frames. Part of me was dreading this day, and it's finally here.



Some thoughts on Day 18:

1) Putting everything into a pile shows you exactly how much you have in each category. When you gather everything you have in any given category during the tidying process, you may be surprised by how much you have. It's hard to tell how much you have when everything is displayed (or stored) in various locations in your home. I was shocked by the number of items hubby and I had accumulated in the home decor category.

2) Putting everything into a pile shows you the relative spark-joy-ness of each item. It was very important to put all items into the pile--especially items you love that you know you will be keeping. Having these items provides a baseline for what sparks joy. As you start picking out items to keep, you will immediately gravitate to the items that spark joy. Eventually, you will come to a point when you slow down, and have to think about the next item to pick up. This is when you know you are near the end of the items that spark joy. For me today, there was a clear divide, which was very reassuring!

3) The KonMari method is not necessarily about minimalism. I've heard a lot of people confuse the KonMari method with minimalism, or assume that the terms are synonymous. At the heart of the KonMari method is to keep the items that spark joy, no matter how many items that may be. While someone who practices the KonMari method may also be a minimalist, this does not always have to be the case.

Thank you for tuning into Day 18! 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 19.

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