The basic premise was to take 30 days to declutter a whack load of stuff. On day 1 you get rid of one item. On day 2: two items, on day 3: three items and so on and so forth until day 30 when you've worked yourself up to 30 items that day. You get the picture.
Now this sounded a whole lot more doable. It did not require me to unload whole rooms into a pile that would take hours upon hours to go through. I could take a few moments here and there in the particular room I was in and remove items, still under the idea of "non-usefulness" and "no joy", and let me work at it until I had the required amount for that "day" slot. If that particular number took me three days then so be it.
NO PRESSURE AND NO STRESS! As soon as I had the required number a pic was taken and when I had a box or bag full off they went to either donate or trash or recycling.
Can we just pause a moment in this post and ask ourselves why on earth any individual needs to have 24 pairs of 3D glasses in their cupboard? I have no answer.
I was amazed at how motivating this was. I started to look forward to what else I could get rid of. I would scan rooms and areas as I passed through them. It was very liberating.
Now on that note may I say that I did not touch any of my husband's stuff. This is important. You cannot force another person into your decluttering head space. In fact, in that pile of blu-rays and dvds any that were his I got his permission. Andwhen I asked if he was sure a few days later, he took another look and took a couple of them back. Which is totally ok.
And now aren't you amazed that as you scrolled through this post that in about the 6 weeks that it took me to do this I got 465+ items out of my home. Let's just think about that. Four Hundred and Sixty Five pieces of stuff that was sitting around my house. Shocking, isn't it? I know I was stunned. I thought it would be hard. Amazing how something as simple as this can have such a great effect. Now I'm motivated to go beyond the surface stuff and go a little deeper into the backs of closets, cupboards, drawers and bins. The things that might require a bit of a tougher decision.
Have you been KonMari-ing? Or have you been KonMari-ed?