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Hi Sandy, glad your here. Welcome!

I don't have the book but there were some very good ideas in the YouTube videos. I manage to keep my clutter fairly well under control. The paper is my biggest down fall. Doing better with it.We got so we take mail that comes in and we know we don't want right to the shredder.

Another good video to watch on YouTube is Andrew Mellon. Wrote Unstuff your Life. Don't have his book either but good videos.

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OK, ladies, I'm new to this group but not to clutter. Based on what I've read from the members of the team, I just ordered the book from Amazon. Can't wait to get it, but it just occurred to me that I just added yet another book to my vast collection. Oh well, I sort that out when I get there.

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Joyce, in don't know how to do a link. I think you can just go to YouTube, type in the search --
Kon Mari paper purge or maybe Kon Mari paper clutter. It just came up on my start page of people doing it as I have been viewing a lot of the video of people using her method.

OK, I just tried it with the words Kon Mari paper purge and it brings up a bunch of vidios. To find search click the magnifying icon on you tube.
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Lindy...could you put a link to some of the 'paperpuger' on here for me?
I don't do much you tube and don't know how to find stuff

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I have been watching some youtube videos of people using this method. I like the folding of shirts and pandts for drawers, don't have to dig under for what is wanted, can clearly see each item. I hope to watch some more on paper purge.

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OK Put all the tops, shirts, sweaters on the bed and went through them. Felt good when done.

Pants this week-end perhaps....but...I don't 'love' or 'feel joy' for my slacks & jeans...they are however necessary!


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Bought the book and one for my sister...she is supposed to get out of her house in Illinois and move to my house in Missouri by this time next year. 12 months to get it done.

She has to clear out a whole house; I have to clear out 2 rooms and garage space for her storage.

Started the discussion with Hubby "What do we want our house to look like in 10 months?"and we Filled 3 boxes with VCR tapes we can get rid of....


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I decided to do kon mari combined with room by room decluttering -- kon mari approach for large collections of things (ie books and clothing) but also room by room just so I can see some improvement in the short term (because it's going to take a looooong time to do the books)

When I clear out a room I put any books I find into boxes and the boxes go in the spare room -- when the room is 'full' I'll start dealing with the books by themselves. I want to have bookshelves that are dedicated to certain things and if there's no room on the bookshelf I have to pare down more books. I don't know how long it will take to get to that point. Books are a pretty 'emotional' thing for me because I had to get rid of so many during my childhood when we were moving all the time. I hate to part with them.

Same with clothing -- I want to deal with it all at once but I'm not quite ready to do it so I'll just keep going on my room by room progress and get there eventually.

But as I come across things I *know* I'll never read/wear again I put them into the donation box and get them out of the house. So I'm making tiny bits of progress in these 2 areas. I love the question about sparking joy - it takes a lot of the indecision out of the process.

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I posted on this book back in July when I first read the book. Awesome book and it has totally changed my life. I got rid of lots of clothing and now am doing the 333 Project too (wear only 33 items of clothing in 3 months). Every piece of clothing sparks joy! Still going thru the knick-knacks and I can honestly say that the less I have in a room the happier I am. For those of you who have commented here but not actually read the book - Read it! It makes a lot of sense and if you really are serious about decluttering this may be your A-ha moment too.

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I finally got this for Christmas and can't wait to start. She advocates doing it "all at once" (which actually means over about six months or so) and then it's supposedly easy to maintain. I am very confident in her theories and as soon as we get home I will create a plan for Q1-2 of 2016 to get it done. I'm excited!!

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Now you can gift it back to that Thrift store---a win both ways.

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I ran into a copy of this book in my local thrift store -- for thirty-five cents, looking near-new. It's definitely not for me, and probably wasn't for its previous owner either. Still, I can see it working for some people.

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A friend gave me her copy of the book. I read it, returned her book, and bought my own book and one for my niece (who is a cleaning, organizing maniac). Now we both plan to read and apply the KonMari techniques. I know this task will be a slow one because I, too, have clothes and shoes in four closets not counting the hall coat closet and in several sizes. This will be a process, but I like her general ideas.



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Glad that you found help the one time---but it seems you did not learn how to deal with things on your own. Can you follow her example and do it again?

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Thanks for the great information. I had never heard of the book or her particular method of de-cluttering. I once hired a professional organizer and she worked by gathering and laying out all one kind of things. It blew my mind to see how many of the same things I had STUFFED under my kitchen sink. I definitely stopped over-purchasing duplicate items but found it hard if not impossible to simply donate the excess because "I might/will need it some day". 3 years later the closets and cupboards are once again exploding and there is definitely no joy.

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That's for sure----why we have so much problems getting rid of stuff.

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"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." William Morris

I try, but it's hard!

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I read this book and I LOVE it. It is actually called "THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING" by Marie Kondo.

The basic premise is to only save things that "spark joy" in your hands. So, all those books, all the stuff in all the junk drawers, can probably be dumped or given to the local thrift store. I started with my paperback books...I probably had 3,000 of them. I sorted them all into alphabetical order, then got rid of the ones that I would never read, or never read again. I brought eight boxes of paperbacks to the thrift store.

This "Sparking Joy" concept is really a good one. Anyone who has too much stuff and is sometimes overwhelmed by it, can look at things by deciding if they "spark joy" in your hands. If they do not, get rid of them, and let them spark joy for someone else.

I am slowly working through different things, am currently working on hardbacks, and will get through every room by the time I am done. There are things I will not get rid of because they do spark joy, and I should, therefore keep them.

It is a great concept, and a really good book.

Spark joy!!

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Never heard of it and from what y' all are saying it doesn' t sound as though I would be interested. I already swap some clothes back and forth between closets but my goal is to get one small twelve month a year wardrobe so the only things I have to worry about storing are coats and cashmere sweaters. Shoes are my devil and I am working on it.

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It does make sense for some items that are easier to go thru than others---like you said with books, cds, and dvds.

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I had not heard of the book, so will have to check it out. I had read somewhere long ago (where, I no longer remember) that the first step of decluttering and organizing was to gather all similar things together (all books, all CDs, etc.), sort and keep those you love/use, get rid of the rest. What you're left with is an indication of how much storage space you need for each of those items. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and I started implementing it but got distracted by illness and forgot. Started the FlyLady approach, and that seems to help a little but I think I need more. This book may be it!

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I think that is too overwhelming for most people who have clutter issues---I have pared mine down and I know it would be for me---but then I have already gotten rid of a lot of things.

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Ain't that the truth. The books are becoming clutter. I need to pull them all out, review them and keep the couple I really like, USE the plans and ideas, and get rid of the rest.

One of her lessons, if you will, is to gather ALL your clothes in the entire house, from the laundry room, closet, drawers, storage boxes, etc and lay them all out on the floor then go through each item, one at a time, and decide what you love and get rid of the rest. I have a TON of clothes in so many different sizes, this would take me days to complete. LOL! Which is why I should do it asap! I know I'd get stuck on the smaller sizes I loved wearing last year that don't fit now but are still in great shape, not to mention I plan on losing this weight so I can wear them again someday.

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Hmmm, seems like a big mistake to buy so many books and not put some of the good advice to use---hope you have gotten rid of any that seem to not fit---if time is an issue, it sounds like this one might not me it, either.

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I just bought this book! Which makes about the 20th book I have bought for decluttering, simplifying, and organizing. :) I like her ideas and plan, if I can just find the time to implement it!

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I read the book and have finished clothes and paper so far. It has really opened my eyes to the amount of pure stuff that is cluttering up my house. I have always been very organized but now I can see that I just have too much. Getting rid of the excess is very freeing.

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I love what I've seen of Kon Mari and have implemented a couple of her "putting away" techniques (t-shirts are so much better now!) but haven't yet done the "joy test" because it seems overwhelming. I actually asked for her book for my birthday but alas, I'll have to ask again at Christmas. :-( I think I could do it in small pieces but not necessarily all at once, ugh.

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She doesn't sound like a very good organizer---did you only hire her to work on the bedroom or was she supposed to help with more than one room? Although often it takes several sessions with an organizer to really get you going. Didn't she think that if it was in the bedroom, you probably had no idea where to put the stuff? Did you get rid of stuff or just organize it? A good one would help you realize that some things just need to go.

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I had a professional organizer work with me one day and I couldn't wait until she left. She did some nice things including put up dividers on my bedroom closet shelves that were very handy. But she told me that I had to put my summer things away in the back of my closet (it was winter at the time) and that just boggled my mind. Things that she did not think belonged in the bedroom, she handed to me and told me to find a place for them. So, I stood there with things in my hands and I had no home for them.

I think that maybe this idea of Kon Mari might have some advantages for me.

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If you think this would work for you, go for it. I already have most of my stuff in central locations for each other, it is the piles that I create that need to be dealt with for me. It is an interesting concept but I would easily be distracted or overwhelmed by that large a concept.

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I'm listening to the audiobook (can't remember the exact title - something like The Magic of Tidying Up? I think?)

she has a different approach to decluttering and it kind of appeals to me - rather than decluttering by room or drawer or area you declutter according to type of stuff

so you gather ALL your clothes in one spot and then go through every item and ask yourself Does this spark joy? If there's no joy out it goes (*there are exceptions - my hubby's hunter orange coat doesn't spark joy but it's quite necesssary so it would stay even though it takes up SO much room in the closet, lol)

then you gather all your CDs or DVDs or books or makeup or whatever -
if you have a huge collection of something (Like I have thousands of books) you break it down into smaller categories - fiction books, reference books, cookbooks etc and go through the process that way. Eventually you actually go through everything and put it where it belongs, get rid of the rest and then you're done. Really done! (until you buy more stuff, i guess)


For some reason this seems easier on my brain rather than endlessly chasing from room to room and never being "done"

(although I haven't actually started yet...my yarn stash could take quite a while...)

Has anyone ever tried this or read the book and have thoughts?
Here's an article about it
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