It’s been fun revisiting this series to see what we changed and what didn’t work out. As we wrap up this series, I have seen that we haven’t kept up with most of the techniques. They aren’t bad techniques, some of them just didn’t work for us.
As I take a look here at this fourth week, I see we are still using two out of three techniques. The two that we are using are designating one place per person and surrounding yourself with things that spark joy.
When we first implemented only one place per person our kids were younger and we only had two kids, we now have three. We’ve successfully been able to keep up this system because we’ve taught our kids that their stuff belongs in their room. We’ve also worked really hard on holding keeping things in our home that make us happy and that we really love.
The one technique that didn’t work out well was the shoebox lid. This system will work if you have consistent lids, our lids weren’t consistent because most shoebox lids aren’t the same size and style unless you are buying the exact same pair of shoes in a different color. I also noticed they got dirty and you really can’t clean them, you have to throw them away and then your back at square one trying to organize a drawer again.
If you need help decluttering, her techniques are a great place to start.
Original Post: November 2015
It’s hard to believe we’ve already covered three weeks worth of the Konmari method. This week we applied three different methods. The first one applied was the shoebox lid. The second one was designate only one place per person. The third one was surround yourself with things that only spark joy. I thought using the shoebox lid was going to look corny because they come in different shapes and sizes and quite frankly wouldn’t work but I was wrong, again. If you’ve been covering this series for the past few weeks, you’ll notice how her methods have proved me wrong multiple times. Don’t pass judgment on something you haven’t tried has definitely been true here.
1. Shoebox Lid
I took two of the shoebox lids and used them for the kitchen utensil drawer. Prior to using these shoebox lids, we were using these drawer dividers you could customize yourself. They did an okay job but weren’t very sturdy and eventually stopped sticking so the dividers wouldn’t hold up, I ended up just taking them out. So the drawer was just one big pile of everything clustered together.
The shoebox lids were different sizes, one was larger than the other so I took the larger utensil items (spatulas, large spoons, etc.) and put them in the larger lid box. For the smaller lid box, I put in medium-sized utensils (can opener, ice cream scooper, vegetable peeler, etc.) After the lids were applied to the drawers, I was able to take the remaining items and arrange them around the lids. The system is holding up better than I anticipated, I would like to have a few more lids in there but I haven’t bought any new shoes yet 😉
2. One Place Per Person
This one really applied to our kids with their items. We had a nine cube storage holder out in our den for our daughter’s toys. I really didn’t like having her toys stored in two different places because things were constantly getting moved and all I ever felt like I was doing was picking up toys (story of any mom’s life). We transitioned her from her crib to a toddler bed which helped free up space and I was able to move the storage holder in her room. Her toys are now all in her room which I’m very happy about. We did had to get rid of some toys to make room. We didn’t use the “does this spark joy?” question. Instead, we used “does she play with it?” and “will she notice it if it’s gone?”
I know storing toys in your child’s room might not work out for you for many reasons. We have a ranch style home which makes it easier to keep everything stored in her room. Growing up, we had a ‘toy room’, if you are able to have a toy room, I recommend keeping all toys there. When toys are stored in one location, it makes it easier to keep them organized and your house clutter free.
3. Surround yourself with only things that spark joy
I tried this method on the decor in our home and it worked. I don’t have a natural eye for decorating, in fact it stresses me out when I need to put a room together. We had a pieces of decor that my husband didn’t care for but I liked them. I realized there’s a difference in liking something vs. something making you happy. The pieces I liked, sparked no joy so we got rid of them and what a difference it has made in our home. There’s warmth and I really enjoy being surrounded the things that make me happy.
What do you think of these methods? Will they work for you?