I KonMari’ed my apartment

The tale of how I Marie Kondo'ed my whole apartment

You must have heard of Marie Kondo by now. The Japanese organizing consultant and author wrote a book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, and one by one my fellow minimalists/decluttering enthusiasts have devoured it and sung its praises. Me, I was a KonMari skeptic. I had already read a few books on the subject (my favorite being “The Joy of Less” by Francine Jay), so what new could Marie Kondo’s book possibly bring to the table?

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The 10 month shopping fast: what did I learn?

Maja summarizes her 10 month attempt to buy less for a whole year, also known as her shopping fast.

The beginning

It has been nearly a year since I decided to start my 10 month shopping fast. It was September 2014 and I was psyched, I wanted to give myself a challenge, and I felt very motivated indeed. I had previously done shorter fasts with varying degrees of success, but this time I wanted to do it properly. My three main reasons for starting a fast were:

  • I couldn’t physically fit more clothes into my closet.
  • I wanted to save money.
  • I felt slightly out of control.

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The 1 year shopping fast

accessories

Yup, I’m jumping on the bandwagon: I will start a 1 year shopping fast as soon as I get back from my summer holiday. Actually – if I am being completely honest it might be only 10 months, or 11, but it will still be a good stretch of time and in any case 1 year sounds much more impressive than 10 or 11 months. In the past I have scoffed at people doing this, claiming it to be too extreme and a complete overkill, but over the past few months I have come to the conclusion that I think it would do me good. Why?

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Culling: not only for closets!

I have written a lot about closet organization and thoughtful shopping on this blog, and only just realized how I have completely failed to mention how I try to incorporate the same thoughts and ideas into other parts of my life – the biggest part being my living space. In the same way that I try not to buy clothes and accessories that I don’t need, I try very hard not to buy useless junk for the apartment that The Boyfriend and I share. In a way I find it to be a lot easier to do this with my apartment that with my closet, seeing as I have never been an aspiring interior decorator in any way, shape or form, but there are still some traps that I tend to fall into.

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