03 Oct My House. The Kingdom of Clutter.
I’m leaving myself wide open to embarassment now in the hope that a handful of you can relate to this…
My house is full to the brim with clutter.
Ironic considering that I can’t bear clutter – I hate to sit in it and I judge others that can.
The thing is, I just do not know how to remedy the problem.
My home is full of things. Things that mostly have a use but not a tidy and practical home.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider our dwelling to be dirty and I hoover and dust (around ornaments) daily but Jesus H Christ there is just STUFF on top of STUFF!!!
When I had the business and had money to burn, I had a cleaner come in once a week just to get to the places that were neglected (the whole house). The thing is, the cleaning is great but she wasn’t about to start alphabetising the kids books or filing away hospital letters.
The truth be told, I’ve allowed myself to get completely overwhelmed by it and I don’t know where to begin.
The Danner gaff is quite big but with that is both a blessing and a curse.
For example……my bookshelves.
When we moved in, I, as a once avid reader, placed all of my favourite books on the shelves – filing almost two cases. They were my absolute pride and joy.
Ok so here you see the hoarder in their natural habitat.
Where else but on a beloved book case would you keep wall hangers, duct tape, leather grease (for the couch you filthy animals), baby monitors, perfume, sunglasses and cross stitch thread?
But Jodie, I hear you exclaim…..You’re a writer (using the term loosely obs folks)….I can imagine that your desk is a sight to behold! With your planner and 30cm rule at perpendicular angles and a nice little penpot and notepad for all those spontaneous blog ideas! Ummmmm……
You see……..what happened here was, I made the mistake of leaving an empty gift bag on my desk.
Said empty gift bag now contains a large amount of junk mail, a telescope made out of a toilet roll (every mum’s must-have accessory), scissors, garden string, empty boxes, a singular Monster High Doll shoe and a tinselly pipe cleaner.
I swear to Kim & Aggie this stuff is multiplying.
I know, I thought, after stepping on Lego for the hundredth time in a day and picking bits of Cinderella’s sodding castle out of my Dyson…..I will get some handy drawers for all loose Lego to be stored in forthwith. I was very pleased with myself and even helped to scoop it all into the drawers with Niamh. Brimming with chuffiness at how tidy my living room looked.
Fast forward 4 months……..
As you can see this is now home to naked Monster High dolls, empty sticker rolls, a tape measure, a box of cornflakes and the handy ‘Key Box’ on top (So we will always know where our keys are!) contains trousers, more junk mail, Peppa Pig and old homework printouts. You know, for those occasions when you need your old homework printouts….
This here people is my problem.
I started to read about KonMari which is the Japanese art of tidying up & de-cluttering by Marie Kondo.
The idea is that you purge your house by room then by category (ie, clothes, documents, toys etc). You are supposed to hold the item and ask yourself:
DOES THIS SPARK JOY?
If not, it’s out.
I’m going to trial this starting this weekend.
I gave it a trial run last night and have so far got rid of my old fat pants, the dog and my Husband.
I have high hopes for KonMari already!