February, 2015

Adventures in Konmari :)

Good morning readers!

While I am working on a number of doll projects right now, (Stenciled Drum Cases, a Syb rescue and a Monster High Cleo repaint, all of which I plan to blog about here) I want to talk about something totally off topic that my sister turned me on to. The Konmari Method!

This is not new, Marie Kondo has been working her magic in Japan for many years. It’s just new to me! She is the author of “The Konmari Method – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” It’s a delightful little tome that helps readers identify and organize the things in their lives (some extrapolate to relationships as well, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish!)

KonmariBook

The basic premise is that, category by category, you go through all of the things in your life and keep only the ones that spark joy when you pick them up and look at them. You cannot do this without consciously looking at and considering each item. So it does take time. Marie suggests that you start with your clothing because it is not rare or difficult to replace, and do mementos and photographs and the like last when you’ve had some practice.

I’ve been doing this for a while now. Bit by bit, which isn’t really recommended. It’s best to do and entire category at once, but time constraints and decision fatigue get me, so I’m tackling what I can when I can. I’m happy to report that the areas I’ve completed have not returned to their former chaotic state, and that getting dressed in the morning is fun when everything you have sparks joy!

The other pillar of this method is the way things are stored. Google Konmari folding methods and a wealth of hits will pop up. At first blush it looks as though this will take huge amounts of time, but although there is a time commitment at the outset, keeping it going really doesn’t take much. As one who often resents the amount of time and management dealing with all of my “stuff” sucks out of my life, I find this much better. The time saved in no longer having to look endlessly for something to no avail, going out and buying another, and then finding it the next day (no doubt while looking for something else) is significant!

The preferred methods of storage hinge on being able to see what you have. Clothing is rolled, or folded to stay vertical and not piled atop each other. I’m already finding that I have a much better handle on what I have and what I need. No more buying the same thing over and over only to wonder why I have 12 black tank tops. Or whatever, I don’t really have 12 black tank tops, but I think I had 6 white ones, lol!

One word of caution though: Don’t do other people’s things.

Mostly they won’t appreciate finding that you’ve thrown out or donated something important to them. Don’t do other peoples’ things even if they want you to. Don’t be tempted! It’s not just about tidying your house. It’s about identifying what brings you joy and what is important to you. You can’t accomplish that for someone else. They have to manage their own “secret life of things” as I like to call it. If you have children in your home, you can guide them. Very young children you’ll have to decide for, but as children get older they may happily join in. Or not :/ There are lots of discussion groups and online forums with much more and better advice than I have on this aspect of Konmari.

Being able to fill your space with only the things that bring you joy allows you to appreciate them. Maybe you’ll find you’re much happier with less quantity, better quality in the things you choose to bring into your home. The added side benefit is of course an orderly, calm and efficient life of “things” in your world.

So run out and get the book 🙂 Here’s a link “The Konmari Method – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up”

Konmari On!

~awsumgal

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New Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case listing on Esty

Good day dolly fans!

I have finished a mini replica dancing skeleton and skull head drum case for 16 dolls. This is a miniature of the drum case carried by Madonna in the film Desperately Seeking Susan. I have made this before (twice  in the last 10 years!) but each is slightly different due to the hand painting and finishing that goes into it after airbrushing with my custom stencils.

This has been made by the same method I used before, which I lay out in some detail in a previous post. Here’s a link if you’d like to check that out.

Skull Case Blog post the first one anyway, there are several!

It has a pink 100% silk interior, both top and bottom and the top has a useable elastic edged pocket. Top and bottom are padded.For added fun, a few paper accessories (just like in the film) are included, just to get you started! 🙂

Here is a link to the Etsy listing

Skull Case on Etsy

Here are a few shots of the just finished case…

 

 

 

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