Monday, May 9, 2016

KonMari, kitchen, and adoption

         I now have extra motivation to get stuff that doesn't bring me joy out of my house as quick as possible. Yesterday, Aaron and I submitted our adoption application. We want to adopt a child from Bulgaria! I'm so excited about what this journey is going to bring for us. After we submitted the application, we were given a list of pictures we need to submit of our house. OH NO! Ok, our house isn't that bad, but, with moving quickly through the KonMari method, it should make it even better.

        The room I'm concerned with most is the kitchen. I'm currently in the process of repainting our kitchen. With three littles under foot and Brenda finishing up kindergarten, I've had to work on it a little bit at a time, so it's taken longer than I wanted. Let me describe my kitchen for you, because it actually is so bad right now that I don't want to take a picture for this blog. First, it was mother's day weekend, so I didn't do any cooking or dishes this weekend which means that no dishes got done. Yeah, I'm going to get on that today. Second, all the cabinets and drawers are out in the middle of the floor ready to be painted. Fun fun. I think it's going to look great. I just need to finish it. Along with continuing with going through books, that's exactly what I'm going to do.

        As far as my book progress, Aaron loaded up three boxes to donate this morning. I'm also working on organizing them better. I hit a slight pause while cleaning off my daughter's book shelf. It needs a new paint job, so before I put her books away, that has to be done. So much to do!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

KonMari Day 9

I gathered about half of our books and put them in the classroom. This is what I could find from mine, and the kids rooms:
Our books not including Aaron's and most of our school books. Yikes!
After clothes comes books in the KonMari Method. This step is going to be harder for me than clothes. I have always loved books even books that I have never read, but want to. The hardest part is that we homeschool. We use books every day! Lots of books! There are also lots of books that I want my kids to read eventually, so now I have to decide what I actually will read, what my kids will read, and what is just taking up space. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

KonMari Day 8

Lorelai "helping" sort clothes.
            I think I'm calling it on clothes. I feel like I've gone through everything. We had 3 days without water last week, so my laundry got backed up which paused the process. I just can't seem to get it all put away! If my family would stop wearing clothes for a day of so that would be great. I don't want to feel unmotivated to continue, so I'm going to do one load a day in my efforts to continue to catch up and I'm going to move on to books. I know she wants everything put away before moving on, but, once again, I would have to say that she doesn't have kids. I'm not sure if this would even be possible in my house. I would be stuck on the never ending laundry step and the rest of my house would stay the same. That is why I am making the decision to move on.

Total clothes gone after the KonMari method:
8 garbage bags donated
1 garbage bag trashed
1 garbage bag ready to sell

That's 10 garbage bags of clothes gone. What!?!? That's crazy and it is after I already went through our clothes at the beginning of the year! Books here we go!