Monday, March 4, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 15 • Valuables

Welcome to Day 15 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 16 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 15, we'll be going through what Marie Kondo calls, "valuables." This subset of categories includes credit cards, passports, spare change, coupons, and other valuables. I'm also including cheque books, foreign currency, gift cards or gift certificates, and loyalty cards in today's tidying.

Some thoughts on Day 15:

1) Store your coupons in a strategic location, and there will be a higher probability that you will use them. I didn't provide this update in my video, but I only hung onto three coupons after completing today's tidying, and I've already used two of them! I used to store my coupons in the laundry area, but I never go into that little room before heading out. When I was tidying, I decided to store the following items vertically in the same box: hubby and my wallets, keys, gift cards, loyalty cards, and coupons. When I grab my keys on my way out now, I can be reminded to also bring with me any gift cards, loyalty cards, or coupons. It's such a simple change, but so effective.

2) Tidying valuables helped me relieve some mental clutter. I was surprised that tidying today helped with mental clutter, similar to when I tidied cords, cables, and hard drives on Day 11. It felt good to discard expired coupons and old loyalty cards, and it felt comforting to know exactly what "valuables" I have and where everything resides in my home.

3) It will get worse before it gets better. We are now halfway through the 30 day tidying challenge, and my condo is an absolute disaster area! I have a pile of items that need to be donated, categories of items that have been tidied that yet to be put away, and categories of items yet to be tidied that are waiting for their moment to shine. It's hard to start this tidying process because disturbing the status quo means your neatly organized (albeit cluttered) home will be in complete disarray for at least a month. It bothers me to have things lying around everywhere, and it's annoying to have to move boxes of things to cook/eat dinner or to film a video, but I know it will be worth it in the end. As I complete each day of tidying, I know I'm that much closer to having a home that truly sparks joy.

Thank you for tuning into Day 15! 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 16. :)

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