Decluttering

Have you heard of the KonMari method of tidying/de cluttering? Apparently the book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, is on the NY Times best sellers list. It’s supposed to be an excellent method for getting rid of things that don’t “spark joy,” and you’re left with fewer things, but things you really love and are easier to keep under control. http://tidyingup.com/

I haven’t been able to have a good declutter at each part of my home, but the areas that have been tidied are very pleased. My bookshelves are sparser, my bathroom is neat and devoid of unnecessary products, my dresser and closet are roomier and left with things I really love, and I actually feel liberated and less frustrated with fewer belongings.  So tonight I tackled my knitting magazines. The magazines are kind of hard because they’re so colorful and pretty, and the articles describe interesting techniques or even sheep, and maaaaybe I’ll knit that sweater/shawl/hat someday! But I gave it a serious try tonight and ended up taking these out for donation: IMG_8829 I kept this small file box, which mostly contains spinning magazines. Maybe they’ll be gone on the next round, but for now they still spark joy and I want them. IMG_8830 I think it’s pretty good progress! Now I just need to find a place where I can donate them!

PS Tomorrow I’m heading to Stitches West!  http://www.knittinguniverse.com/West  I’m volunteering at the Mother Bear Project booth, http://www.motherbearproject.org/ then roaming and possibly  definitely shopping a bit.

4 thoughts on “Decluttering

  1. wow! i got rid of many things when i moved but none of my knitting magazines. good thing i’m not there or i’d be tempted to take yours!

  2. I had already pared down my books and magazines. I should go through my yarns, but I usually end up thinking I can do something with that yarn! It’s harder to give up the yarn than the paper. My closet needs another destash of clothes and shoes. I should use the rule, if I haven’t worn it in x years, out it goes!

    • The yarn is harder for me to part with than books or magazines. I figure I get most patterns online anyway, or a friend will almost definitely have the book I want…. We have an annual stash exchange, so I save unwanted yarn for that.

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