Decluttering with KonMari | A Journey to #SparkingJoy

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This has been a long time coming.

Slowly, over the course of the last year, we have been making more conscious decisions about what we have in our home, what we spend our money on, what we put out into the world.

But in the last little while – we have both needed a boost. We found we were cleaning and purging the house only to have it get all messed up and cluttered again within a couple of weeks. I’d clean my studio and put everything in its place and then find I was searching high and low for my favourite multi-bit screw driver, my paint thinner, my tape measure. Nothing was really working despite our best efforts.

So we made a decision to start Decluttering with KonMari

What is KonMari? Well – it’s based on the booked by Marie Kondo, called the Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. You can get your copy here. (*Update!* Now that we’re finished this process we 100% recommend buying the book. It’s sorta impossible to achieve great results without it.)

Until a few weeks ago, our guest room looked like this. All the time. No matter what we did, it ended up as a dumping ground for stuff. And at the end of the day – we never even knew what stuff was in there. Decluttering with KonMari - Before we Started

We just finished our foyer makeover – which really helped us streamline what we need in that area of the house and it’s been working much better for us now – but we are turning our attentions to the rec room next.

The room is TERRIBLE.  Worse than the guest room.

As such, it’s a mish mash of mismatched furniture, old blankets and pillows, mementos, weird art and all other sorts of miscellany.

We want it to be our sanctuary. We LOVE heading down there on Fridays with a bottle of wine and a pizza, a board game and a movie. It’s literally our favorite thing. It only makes sense we want the room to exude that relaxed and family feel.Decluttering with KonMari - Keeping it Simple

It’s going to be a monster project.

We have to redo the floors, the walls, the ceilings, the lighting and the furniture – and we knew there wouldn’t be any point to fixing up the room only to fill it back up again with a whole lotta crap.

ALSO – we have been kinda open about our struggles to have a family. And after two years of really really hard soul-searching, we both feel like we might have the courage to start the process again. We have no idea where this will lead us. It’s possible it will lead us to more heartache. But it’s also possible that it won’t.

As such, we want our house to REALLY feel like a home. Full of only things we love and cherish, that serve our family – that Spark Joy.Decluttering with KonMari

So this post is the beginning of that process. With the help of the (life changing) book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we have begun a journey to Decluttering using KonMari – a Japanese method of simplification and tidying that promises no relapses and lasting results.#SparkingJoy copy

We are not alone in this journey! We will be taking it along with these other fine bloggers and we’ll all be updating our progress on Sundays for the next couple of months.

UPDATE!! Here’s a full list of our posts!

In fact, here are all the other blogs who are participating and, today, sharing THEIR visions for #SparkingJoy.

A Journey to Sparking Joy:

Anderson & Grant
Making it in the Mountains
DIY Passion
Dwelling in Happiness
Zevy Joy
Cupcakes & Crinoline
Lost in the Found
The Happy Housie

What we can tell you is this process is not easy. It involves a lot of heart talking and answering some significant questions about who you are and why you hold onto things in the physical realm.Decluttering with KonMari - Sparking Joy

We can also tell you that we have already begun with stages one and two and are feeling an incredible lightness of being.

For this first post – we are supposed to lay out our ‘vision’ for why we are using KonMari.

So our hope is at the end we have a home that feels light. It feels happy. It allows for us to spend effortless time doing the things we love with the people we love. It’ll be easier to clean and therefore live in. It won’t feel forced or over done.

Our hope is that in the end, we feel just right.Decluttering with KonMari - Eliminate Ruthlessly

As we go through each stage, we will further refine our vision depending on what it is we are tackling. Next week, for example, is all about clothing and closets. We are both on our way to a modular wardrobe and we did some preparations prior to starting this particular KonMari – so we’ll be explaining all of that too.

This is going to be great fun. And hopefully you’ll enjoy following along with us 🙂 and our other Joy Sparking Bloggy Friends…

Want to SPARK JOY? Take the JOURNEY? SHOP our KonMari Survival Kit – You can totally do this!

Here are some of our other posts you might find joyful! 😉


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10 thoughts on “Decluttering with KonMari | A Journey to #SparkingJoy

  1. Oh my…I’m REALLY looking forward to this! I am in a constant state of de-cluttering my house…it seriously…never… ends. (I have 3 teenagers…2 of whom are girls…I blame some of this on them….;) ) I haven’t read the book….and some of the things I’ve seen written about it are probably too much for me…but I have been thinking/reading a lot about a more “simple/minimal” life….including my wardrobe. (I bought 2-3 summer dresses this year, that I basically wore all summer…hardly anything else…which made my life so much easier…thinking about it for fall/winter…but summer seems an easier season to pull it off) This is getting rather long for a comment….;) I’m excited and looking forward to this…going to check out some of the links. Good luck!

  2. Why does this seem so scary? I’m excited to follow along but I have to admit I am not sure I could do it. I have so much crap I wouldn’t know where to start. I can’t wait to see the unfolding. Great luck.

  3. That is how my second bedroom (which I use as my craft room) is too! It is my dumping ground for all of the things I haven’t found a place for. That is going to change with this series! 🙂

    1. I’ve ordered 3 of Marie Kondo’s books and so excited to read and apply them! I have severe fibromyalgia and diabetes and makes it very hard to work fast or have the stamina…it only takes 20 minutes of standing and my feet swell and I hurt from head to toe…then I have to lay flat with feet elevated for about same amount of time. I’m having acupuncture and chiropractor treatments, along with many other natural wellness programs. I enlisted the help of my niece and good friend to help with clutter and organizing. It turned out brand new shoes, jewelry and so many other items were stolen! I know that the clutter contributes to my health problems.

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