KonMari Method – My Book Purge!
Do you struggle with storage, organization and simply having “too much” STUFF?! Me too!!
Well I think the answer to our problems has arrived…
I’m excited to share a look at the KonMari Purge Method with you! If you’re not familiar, the book “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” is the #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
This is a NEW series I am doing on my own “Personal Purge” of my clothing, accessories, jewelry, books, etc… and my plan is to post at least one video/blog post per week on my progress. I hope you try out this method and share YOUR progress with me!! We can DO THIS!! So check back each week and see how I am doing!
Snag your copy of the KonMari Method Book “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” here: http://amzn.to/1a1BJCr
The Amazon Description of the book:
“Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”
A little about the author:
“Marie “KonMari” Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. With a three-month waiting list, her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK, with more than two million copies sold worldwide, and has been turned into a television drama for Japanese TV. She has been featured on more than thirty major Japanese television and radio programs and in the Sunday Times, Red magazine, You magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, NPR’s Here & Now, Slate, Family Circle, and the London Times, who has deemed her “Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter.””
Please see my blog post titled “KonMari Method – Introduction” for more on her method: http://trendingtami.com/2015/04/konmariepurgeintro/
My Book Purge!
So I am continuing my journey to “happiness” and my new “lifestyle” by tackling the category that I love but I clearly have too much of…my BOOKS! I am a HUGE book lover and I haven’t, so far, been able to get into the trend of reading books on a tablet. Yes, I have a Kindle, iPad, mini iPad, and a Samsung tablet or two but it JUST isn’t the same as having that actual book in your hands….so I am not on board YET with doing a total purge of my books!
I had gone through all of my books earlier this year and thought I had narrowed it down by a good amount, but that was before I had read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up! I had put several bins of books down in my basement to eventually sell. I also had some bins of books that have been down there for years – who knows what was in there?!
It took me about 2 DAYS to complete this project and the only real hard part was the physical, not he emotional AT ALL.! On day one I dragged every book from this house out and sorted through them and that did take all day. The next day I had to deal with the mess. Deciding what to do with the discard books and how to organize the keep books.
The BEFORE + AFTERS
Here is some of my Books in the bookshelves before I started. As you can see there is all kinds of stuff crammed in there that didn’t belong as well. It tended to be a catch all area…ugh!
Here are the books taken out of TWO of my bookshelves and brought up from the basement. I decided to sort these before I emptied the third bookshelf, just due to space.
So here are all the books after a LONG day that I decided to DISCARD!
And, finally, an AFTER of my bookshelves!! Now I have room to store my DVDs, CDs, Software and Photos once I do those purges! I decided to keep the bottoms shelves empty and put some kitty beds on those for my cats to hang out…they always love to get into places like that and snuggle. My dog Halo decided to supervise!
WOW…this I feel went very well! Please watch the video below for full comments but I am really feeling this KonMari Method is working! I never thought I could narrow down my BOOKS by so much but when I followed her method I realized how may books I was just storing because I had spent money on them and didn’t want to give them up!
Total Items: 561
Total Keep: 278
Total Discard: 283
So that means I got rid of 50% of my STUFF!!
I ended up taking 270 books to the Salvation Army to donate and I set aside 13 antique books that were actually somewhat valuable to sell. The other 278 books I kept were organized by category (like they had been originally) but I decided to stack them on top of each other so I could easily read the titles. My plan is to read some of the books and purge more of them over the next 6 months. But I can say that they all DO bring me joy!
I am LOVING the KonMari Method…it is much easier than I thought it would be and it is really helping me focus on what I want in my life!
Next purge will be DVDs, CDs & Software! Keep checking back to see my progress on my purges!
Check out my coordinating video where I speak about the KonMari Method and my own personal struggle with all my STUFF! Be sure to listen for “Tami’s Secret” which will give you EXTRA entries into the giveaway!
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I am very happy with the KonMari Method so far! Stay tuned to see my next KonMari PURGE!
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