I guess its a sign of an untidy mind. But you know I think I am at my most creative when surrounded by my clutter. And yet I crave a clear tidy space almost on a daily basis.
We live in a small house and recently I have found myself day dreaming, more and more about having another bedroom. There are only two of us and we already have a sleeping space on a mezanine floor and a summer/guest bedroom downstairs. So why would I need another bedroom?
I think its because I am accumulating clutter once again. Clutter needs more and more space. In particular, drawer or cupboard space. So when I bought myself a couple of new items of clothing yesterday I decided to sort out the clothes storage issue once and for all. This wont be the first time I might add. In my search for the perfect storage system I came across the KonMarie method of tidying.
A bit of an eye opener in many ways. Not so applicable in many other ways but the method of folding clothes was interesting. Marie Kondo is a professional de-clutterer. Whoever knew we needed such a thing.? Instead of working to rules such as how long is it since I wore this item? or do I really need it? She asks that we hold an item and question ourselves about whether it brings us joy? Her reasons are that she says we don't hang on to clutter we hang on to the emotions attached to the clutter.
Its not something I go along with entirely although I can see the merit of it. But I have many items of clothing that are designated finca work clothes which do not bring me joy but are perfectly suitable for their purpose and I simply could not do without them. I also have a set of doll clothes knitted by my mother which I cannot let go of... but they don't bring me joy, rather when I look at them or hold them I feel terrible sadness and loss... and I am hanging on to those emotions because I simply cannot let them go. Maybe she is right... it would be good to move on from that but its just a step too far when all you need is a way of making more stuff fit into a smaller space. For now anyway.
So, following Ms Kondo's methods I refolded my clothes and after only throwing out two items found I had nearly the whole of one drawer free.
Now I secretly think that I could have made the folded clothes even smaller if I had ironed the stuff first. We don't iron here if we can help it, for many reasons, laziness, waste of time, not eco friendly, whose going to see us anyway?
She also says that it is isn't just about whether the item brings you joy, but its about caring for and respecting your clothes. Since I hand make a lot of my clothing, and I darn socks (hand made socks) this should be something that resonates strongly with me. Why don't I already do this? No doubt there is more psychology going on here than I thought... but for the moment all I want to do is tidy up!
So yes I was very intrigued by the whole concept and its possible that I will be looking into more of her ideas in the future. I wont however be buying the book. I have limited book space and while cookbooks do bring me joy, a book on de-cluttering wouldn't!