Don't Bother Me, I'm Nesting
Who goes on their honeymoon before the wedding? We do. Even though our wedding isn’t until December, the Swiss Mister and I headed to Iceland for our non-traditional honeymoon. Navigating around the very green countryside requires a lot of car time. We spent 15 hours in the car cruising through the countryside in awe of the lush greenery, wildlife and breathtaking waterfalls.
My future hubby and I usually agree on audio books and we can listen to books for hours on end. After completing Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, I downloaded Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. Read this book and then follow its instructions. I received numerous DMs about people reading the book and NOT putting all the invaluable advice into fruition. Just do it!! Seriously, now. We got home from our honeymoon at 1 am on a Thursday and I locked myself in our home for 5 days. I only left my house to drop of donations at Goodwill. Seriously, I only left my house for drop-offs at Goodwill. I took all of Marie’s advice to heart and, if I got sidetracked, I went back to my notes. The most important rule to The Magic of Tidying Up is to only keep things that spark joy. My Cliff Notes for this book doesn’t replace actually reading the book, but here’s my highlight reel…
Tidy in one shot. Don’t go room by room. It took me over 45 hours over 5 days, but it was worth every moment.
Stick to the order of discarding- clothes, book, paper, komono, and sentimental items . For my unwanted clothes, I created 2 piles - one for Buffalo Exchange and one for Goodwill.
Don’t try to sell your stuff online or on Facebook Marketplace. If you do want to sell your clothes, sell ALL of it at ONE place. I chose Buffalo Exchange because of it’s convenience. Unless you sell clothes and decor professionally online, do not try to sell individual items online as it’s too time consuming and not worth all the effort and time.
Put everything on the floor for each category. For clothing, I had clothes and accessories in several clothes and cabinets, so I went around my house and put every piece of clothing on the floor in the living room.
Don’t discard by location. Discard by category.
“What you wear in the house does affect your self image.” Marie stresses this as it relates to loungewear and makes a valid point. You should look good for yourself at home even if nobody is watching. Because of this, I got rid of a lot of sweatpants, lounge pants, and big t-shirts. They aren’t cute. Ever.
Hanging less clothes and folding more. I used to hang everything from t-shirts to jeans to dresses, but Marie insists on folding as it takes less space and she is so right. Don’t fight it.
Make sure to go through all your paper. For me, this was the hardest part. It took me 12 hours to just get through my clothes. I know what you’re thinking. How is that possible? Honestly, I have no idea but the clothes and sentimental items took the longest to sort.
Save the sentimental items for last. You will be a discarding expert by that time. Again, don’t break the order of discarding.
Sorting photos is very time consuming and Marie recommends keeping about 2-3 photos per trip. I kept all the photos that brought me joy even if it was more than a few photos per adventure.
The main focus of the book is to ONLY keep things that spark joy. This whole process took 5 days and I discarded 40 trash bags of recycling and/or trash and plus 3 car loads of stuff for Goodwill. On top of all that, I made over $500 by selling clothes and accessories at Buffalo Exchange. The process of Tidying Up is time consuming and sometimes emotionally exhausting but worth all the time and effort. I HIGHLY recommend reading this book because it will change your home life and I’m not exaggerating.