I started the KonMari tidying method last year (from Marie Kondo's book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up"), where one sorts by category and not room, selecting what to keep by the criteria of "sparking joy", rather than what to eliminate. I am currently wading deep in the "komono" portion of the ordered sorting, after completing Clothing, Books, and Papers. This is a "miscellaneous" category and there is a LOT of miscellaneous around here! I have done linens, CDs and DVDs, office and stationery supplies, my kitchen, and lot of craft items. Each time I switch out seasonal decor, I've chosen my favorites and given away the rest. I'm happy to say my drawers and closet are still "sparking joy", and I've not filled up empty spaces.
My long sleeve shirt drawer is sporting new liner paper since this picture and I've added ONE shirt since September. Yay me! I was stuck on fabric/sewing/quilting as it is HUGE in my house and decided to move on to decor items. I have a lot of those too as I like to change things around frequently.
It was surprising to see how many of these items there were. That is the magic of sorting by category--you gather every single item of the category and truly see the amount you have!
Seems wrought iron is a bit of a theme, no?
Who needs 4 candle snuffers? I kept two and DD Erica will get another.
These are going to the thrift store except some that went to the trash.
50% purged. I actually added nearly all the tapers to the giveaway pile after this picture. Handling each item really taught me that I prefer pillar candles over tapers. After returning some favorite candle holders to their usual spots, the remainder fit into my sideboard and I have an empty bin under the stairs where the tapers used to live. Even the potpourri that lived in the bin was re-homed in the sideboard. Love that. I've now sorted through other decorative items including trays, statuary, vases, wall decor, display stands, and other knick knacks but have yet to decide where many of these will live. That is a hazard of this type of purging---waiting until the end to assign everything a home. But it feels great to let things go that I wasn't using and/or no longer felt any joy from. Next is art/paintings/prints and I have a lot of those too. Having some time off this week will help!