Kondo – Phase 3 paperwork

I love the ethos of Marie Kondo. Keep what you love and what brings you joy. While absent from the blog I tackled some paperwork. I reduced it down to just one ottoman and could let one go! I think I was inspired by this video:

Paperwork can be a bit boring but it is really cathartic to see this kind of stuff go. Working on the principle that papers should really only be in one place this week I will target stray unfiled papers in our home.

Don’t look at your hill. Climb it. 




What to do if you stall at Kondo phase 3 – paperwork – enjoy a slight detour

I have been in a bit of a pickle and although I sorted the vast storage facility that is my work bag and a few more bits I haven’t done much else in sorting my paperwork but I did do this:


I sorted through my travel toiletries and filled three ziplock bags with stuff I’m not using, are duplicates or are getting in the bloody way… A friend mentioned that she collects toiletries to donate to a local women’s refuge. Isn’t it so much better to share what we own?

Enough is as good as a feast.


Kondo phase 3 – paperwork and doing more crafts

Lots of videos on YouTube but this is closest to my paperwork…

Burn baby burn

Each evening this week I’ve sorted some papers or have been burning papers. My first plan of attack was looking at the overfilled ottoman of papers. In particular at anything not filed. And there was a lot. There were also a range of things that shouldn’t have been in there. Clutter attracts clutter… After a week of tackling a bit each day I didn’t think I had made much of an impact. I opened the ottoman with the aim of completing emptying it and tackling the loose papers first. To my surprise I had made good progress. The satisfaction of burning the papers is so great.

Don’t sweat the really horrible stuff… Burn it

Reading all this so far.. The question is – is this an easy stage? Hell. No. I am frustrated at the age of some of the papers I’m finding. I’m really frustrated at the upsetting things I’ve kept. Horrible notes from an old boss being just one example. Give me joy? Hell no! So as they burnt in the fire I felt relieved and felt the pain of this time in my life go. Sorry if this seems a bit heavy but these letters were just awful.

Getting rid of storage, creating space

The more I use the Marie Kondo process the more I can see the rhyme and reason of it. You sort by category not by room. So no cleaning a room by heaving stuff from one room to another for ‘temporary storage’ and a false impression of progress. More than anything I can see a clear link between you sorting X category and then only when complete it do you find a home for the remaining X category that you will keep. I’m hopeful that I can get rid of this ottoman and instead file papers in a more compact area. This will free up a bit of floor space which is great.

Next up I need to declutter my work bag and then hunt out papers in sporadic areas of the house. They are everywhere but I have a list to hunt ’em down. I’m aiming to finish paperwork by the end of October. Wish me luck!

Don’t look at your hill. Climb it.


PS: I’ve been SO inspired seeing the beautiful things other bloggers are making. Working on my stuff and reducing what I own I see as a stepping stone to doing more fun stuff. I’m definitely a work in progress but I’m going to commit here to doing some crafts and hobbies more but most importantly blogging about it too. Such fun ☺️

Kondo phase 2 – books, magazines, craft books, notebooks… complete!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Marie Kondo = have things in your home that give you joy

Marie Kondo = have things in your home that give you joy

But… Oh my. Applying the Kondo method to magazines felt like asking me to choose my favourite pet, or ice cream. It felt weirdly finite. I mean they are just glossy paper. And not so glossy paper. I guess I shouldn’t wrestle with this too much. It’s just part of the process (perhaps toughening me up for the momentoes phase).

What I have realised is that some magazines are so visual, colourful and appealing is part of the reason. For instance, Oprah and Psychologies magazines are perfect fodder for vision boards. So I have extracted the best bits, nay curated, ready for vision boarding. I’m also trying to eat better. And Waitrose give away a lovely weekly paper called Weekend. I find the recipes inspiring. So I’ve grabbed just these recipes and will make it a weekly habit to look through these for ideas, even photograph the keepers.

Magazines aka my nemesis

Magazines aka my nemesis

So far so good…

I’ve made good progress in September in applying the Marie Kondo method of decluttering / tidying to my home. My clothes are much simpler, I love what I own. For instance, where I had kept hold of uncomfortable boots I let these go and then replaced them with new ones, a pair of which I already had. But overall reducing the volume of what I own. So much so four clear plastic former shoe boxes now house craft stuff. My book collection has also been thinned out. The books now all fit perfectly on a shelf. Before they hid in an inaccessible cubby hole. The magazines have been read and the visual bits ready for a vision board. That last stage was much harder than predicted!

To complete phase 2 of the Marie Kondo method I looked at craft and note books. Luckily not too many. Also my bookshelf has a natural limit on what I can keep. This is good. It reminds me that if I really want to keep a new addition another that I’m not  enJOYing has to go. Remember, Marie Kondo = joy.

Paperwork next…

Next up… it is paperwork! I’m excited to be curating my home like this. My health is a bit rubbish at the moment but I’ll do this. May take a while but I will get this done by focusing on each step only. There are bills and papers everywhere as well as some (many) in my bills box. To help me I have an inspiring piece of pottery which simply reads:

Don’t look at your hill. Climb it. 


Kondo phase 2 (and a half) magazines – how not to Kondo your magazines

Well I’ve done books I thought…


And then found two more. Mmm. Ok.

Let’s press on with magazines I thought. Get them all in one place. It turns out they are in every nook and cranny of the house. I’m half expecting to find one in the fridge… *runs to check fridge* The photo shows a small selection of what I managed to find.

I have no magazine subscriptions which is probably a good thing given the snail’s pace at which I read them. This is still a joy holding exercise but somehow I am really drawn to getting my monies worth and trying to read what I have. This is interesting. At least I can see this

So the plan of action is I’ll tear out inspirational pages (for a future vision board exercise – wow that’s a subtle hint for one of the blogs I follow… *coughs Dartmoor Yarns*) and then let them go.

So an evening of magazine flicking through can commence. And I will thank each one. Even Hello. Oops no they’re not mine, I only read sophisticated magazines. These? Oh um. I’m storing them for a friend. Next up craft books and note books!


Kondo phase 2 – books

The sun was shining here in the UK so I chose to Kondo my book collection as quick as I can. I had planned to finish repairing any clothes but reading another blog fired me up.

My books were in two places. I gathered them together and realised I had more than I thought. By the end of the session I had filled a bag for charity. I also created a reading pile of books that I would pick out in a shop so I will start working through them. I let go of a very old book. I think it was from junior school. Wow does that make me feel old!

Next up are craft books and magazines as part of this category. Before I leave I thought I’d mention something a bit weird. Possibly coincidence, possibly karma…


I alternate between several charity shops for any donations. I popped into one the other day (having donated to them a few days earlier) to find some beautiful Portmeirion crockery. *winks to universe*

Just look at this butterfly…



Kondo clothes phase 5 – coats, jackets, handbags, swimwear



I had a few days rest during my Kondofest this month. Just to refocus and reenergise. So grab yourself a hot drink and read on.


Luckily – and special thanks to Ikea for handy hooks* – all my coats were pretty much all in the same place. So sorting through them was easier than it has been for other items. I found a navy blazer that I’d bought on sale and had worn just once. I tried it on and it didn’t make me feel special. So it’s on it’s way to a new home and frankly a better life where it will be used. Why did I buy it? Doh!

A couple of items need to go to the dry cleaners. Another needs some major repairs and may constitute 90% hand stitching and 10% coat. But it fits so well and it’s a lovely soft material.

*not sponsored, nope. 


The joy of the Marie Kondo process is rediscovery. I found a lovely pink bag, really practical and in good condition. The same couldn’t be said for a pink leather bag. (Hey there’s a theme of pink). This former glory was a beautiful pink so I painstakingly took the best part of the evening cleaning it. It looks better. I will have to work on the handles a bit more, you’d think I work on a farm for how mucky they were. *shakes handbag*

Moving on, I let an expensive unused purchase go. It had been bought on a whim. Admired by friends but totally unused. It had a weird shape and no useful pockets. Farewell furry friend enjoy your new life!

Having decided what to keep I then went about giving each bag what they need. It is so calming to look after what you own. Yesterday it was for bags but I felt this same calmness / contentment when I cleaned my shoes before organising into storage. It took me back to memories of laying out newspaper and polishing all of our shoes with a tin of polish and elbow grease.

The leather bags I’ve cleaned are air drying before they are neatly put away. I noticed in some Marie Kondo videos that people display their bags like a retail display. An interesting idea, so you feel you are shopping your wardrobe. Others put bags into bags. What I own doesn’t really lend itself to that. I then found some polystyrene chips (grrr) from a recent delivery, popped them into a bag and used them to pad a couple of bags to help them keep a lovely shape.


Who knew swimwear could be an emotional category to apply the Kondo process to? Nope me neither. But a gorgeous turquoise swimming costume was precisely that. I bought it to use when I went away with some friends. We kinda fell out for a long while and now when I look at this bloody swimming costume I feel hurt. I know this is weird right? To be fair this said attire also had a damn awkward fastening at the back. Combined this meant it definitely did not spark joy.

I then found two more swimming costumes than had straps that don’t stray put when you are swimming. How. Annoying. For some reason I have thought that by storing them this magically fixes that. Off you pop cossies for a new life.

Bits and bobs

While digging through stuff I found a beautiful grey hat that I had forgotten about. It’s a baker boy style. Love it. It somehow had ended up in a bag of stuff to repair / to go to the dry cleaners. Technically I think that any items then found after you have done the Kondo process should be discarded. The theory is you didn’t miss it. To balance this out I will let another hat go – a hat which looks nice but can pinch when you wear it.

Kondo clothes phase

So apart from some repairs/cleaning and some dry cleaning I hereby declare the first main category of the Marie Kondo method – clothes – done! Well nearly. I will work on the repairs, cleaning, washing and folding over the next few days. So everything looks slick and is finished before I move onto books.

I have donated one sack of stuff to a local charity shop and another is ready to go. Overall it has made me feel focused, carthatically saying thank you and goodbye to stuff that no longer brings me joy. So the process makes room and space for the stuff you love.

Peace and love,