If Marie Kondo Were Lazy

I’m a self-proclaimed lazy person.  I prefer naps over to-do lists and a hammock in the shade over a nicely manicured lawn, if I’m the “said manicurist”.  However, a few years ago I went on a journey to simplify our family’s life. That was no small feat. It required work; lazy lady step aside.  We got rid of the access to make room only for the necessary and needed, which we uncovered was actually not a thing at all, but rather, time together.

In my effort to simplify, I began reading books on how this task is most efficiently completed. No need to waste time figuring it out, if others have gone before me with a plan of attack. Remember, lazy. One of the books that was extremely helpful was Marie Kondo’s, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying UpShe offers tips on ways to pare down the items in every room of your house. She leaves no item uncovered or unfelt.  Yes, unfelt. She requires you to hold each item in your hand and see if it “strikes joy”. She also assigns feelings to inanimate objects like socks. She talks about how they work so hard when they are on your feet that you should give them a break while they are in your drawer by applying the use of her iconic fold.

As we were prepping to move into a home half the size of our current abode, I did not have nearly the available wall space.  As a photographer of 14 years, I had large, beautiful canvases of my babies. In particular, we had a 3×5 foot personalized piece of art of my 4 kids running on the beach. That is not something you can donate or repurpose.  I simply had to awkwardly hold it in my arms and say, “Thank you for all the years you adorned our entryway. You did a beautiful job being heartfelt art in our home. Unfortunately, your job is complete”. And then, I placed it gently into our oversized trash bin. It pains me still to recount that.  However, that act of holding, thanking and letting go was used over and over and over again until nothing was left in our 2000 square foot home, except the items we dearly loved and would be coming with us to our little, extremely-downsized house in the woods.

Now that we’ve lived in our little home for over 2 years I’m still using tips from Marie Kondo. But, I’ve taken on a more relaxed approach. Lazy? Perhaps.  Over the years, I’ve learned that I can’t instill elaborate organizing strategies. Although beautiful for the 24 hours {max} proceeding the efforts, I will not maintain it! So, all the YouTube videos I watched of Kondo meticulously folding each shirt in such a way that they stand at attention upon completion, I knew long term this was not a reasonable option for me.

The method that has worked beautifully and I affectionately termed my IKEA Lazy Lady Life Hack is as follows. I imagine if Marie Kondo were lazy, she’d use this method too. Using the Ikea Expedit Cube shelf, I divide my clothing into categories. Shirts, jeans, sweaters each get assigned a cubby. They are folded traditionally, but because of the Ikea Cube Shelf you can see all the items just like Marie promotes with her famous “basic fold”. In addition, the size of the cube gives me easily visible parameters on how much is enough for me. If the shirts in it’s assigned cube don’t easily fit, it’s time to see what items are no longer “striking joy”, “thank them for their service” of helping me stay stylish and then send them on their merry way!

I’d love to hear what downsizing tactics have been helpful for you. Share in the comments.

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