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Yes, I’ve tried KonMari


It’s nigh impossible to attempt any kind of decluttering effort without encountering Marie Kondo and her KonMari method. The self-stylized “Japanese art of decluttering and organization” is the method of choice for so many vloggers, bloggers, and Facebook groups that one could get the impression, at first, that is is the only way to declutter.

This was only slightly less true in 2018, when I made one of my failed “Let’s clean up our act!” attempts. Kondo did not have the name recognition she has today (which came via her 2019 Netflix series), but she was still highly present in the decluttering community. That’s when I bought the KonMari bible, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and tried to dive head-first into it.

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I have a terrible relationship with stuff


Hello. My name is Alison, and my house is a mess.

(Hi, Alison.)

It’s always been a mess, my whole adult life. I live and sleep in clutter; sometimes I even sleep ON clutter, because it’s late and I’m exhausted and I never got around to folding that load of laundry I dumped on my bed earlier in the day. I have stuff, on top of which I’ve set other stuff, and they’re both there because I have no where else to put them, because of other stuff that fill the drawers and shelves already.

One of the things I’m trying to do with this midlife makeover, such as it is, is to make lasting improvements to my quality of life. So I might as well do it right … and that means cleaning up my act. Or my house. Or both, really. But mostly my house.

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