Saturday, March 4, 2017

Decluttering with Marie Kondo

I've heard of Marie Kondo's methods of tidying, decluttering and storing a while back and she immediately impressed me!
Ever since then I've been trying to declutter my life, especially with having to move to Taiwan. But I admit I still have too many things, not only here but also in my hometown! So I've decided the next time I go home (maybe summer) ~ I will try to minimize my BJD collection by asking the vital question:
Does it bring you joy?
 It's not as simple as it sounds, I know! I think it's not only asking yourself when you pick something up whether it brings you joy, it's also comparing it to other things.
So far I've done a rough plan of dolls I may or may not be willing to sell by June xD;

In fact, this collage isn't complete. I've made quite a long list of potential sales victims xD;;; Of course there are quite a few who also give me far too much joy to ever consider selling them~

However, do let me know if you are interested in any of them! Blog readers get first dibs!

What are your minimizing strategies if you use any?

16 comments:

  1. Yes, tidying is a good thing. I don't think I have a strategy. I just discard things I don't need anymore. My taste is changing, my hobbies are limited now so saying goodbye to some objects is easy. It's like closing one chapter of my life. And I think for me it's more a matter of usefulness than joy. As for dolls it's a matter of the story I create, because every doll is my OC.

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    1. I see what you mean, I also tend to do that as much as I can! It's easier with objects that are purely useful (or not) rather than objects with emotional value xD;
      But how do you limit yourself on how many OCs you can create? Theoretically you could create them to infinity! Ahaha :3

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    2. It depends on how the story goes. When you create several OCs you can tell which one is better, which is your favourite. So you can let go the one you're not satisfied with or bored with.

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    3. Oh I see, so you do prioritize favorites or change favorites? That's very interesting to know, I'd like to read something more about your OCs at some point!

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  2. I've heard of Marie Kondo a lot lately but I haven't really familiarised myself with the whole "KonMari" phenomenon. It seems to be really trendy here in Finland, too... although, I'm probably way too unorganised of a person to ever be able to declutter my life, lol! And I have a bad case of materialism so I'm probably beyond help already. x__x; *glances at all the dolls and figures around the apartment* But maybe I should give her a read sometime, anyway. Who knows, maybe I could learn something at least? xD

    Gosh, I feel like such an opportunist for saying this, but if you ever plan to sell your Oasisdoll Jadeite, please think of me? xD;; She's one of those hard to find Oasisdoll girls and it doesn't seem like she's getting a re-release because she was limited... She's so gorgeous and I'd love to have her as a part of my Oasisdoll family. ;u; ♥ I would most likely need layaway, though, so if you're in a hurry to sell, sadly I'd have to give up on her.

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    1. Oh, I feel the same way, I love my stuff. Yet I also find the idea of organizing and decluttering very appealing and satisfying. Sometimes just organizing my stuff is also enough satisfaction!

      Oh, I won't be at home until June so that's when I'd put her up probably, just shoot me an email before then and we can discuss details!

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  3. Somehow I find decluttering very comforting and relaxing. When it comes to buying I use the 30-days rule. If I want something, I'll put it on a wish list (Pinterest). After roughly 30 days I can buy it, if it's still something that I really want. This way I can prevent impulse purchases ;) And if I'm not sure if I want to get rid of something, I'll place it out of sight (but your BJDs are already in a cabinet ;)) to see if I miss it enough. If not, it can go. Having less items makes me appreciate the 'stuff' that I do keep more. Although I wouldn't consider myself a minimalist. Good luck with your decluttering session(s)! <3

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    1. I'm so with you on that! That's also a good idea, I've used that reasonjng on my things in my hometowns since I'm spending years away from them! However some still do have emotional value!
      So how do you apply the 30 day rule on limited items, where you might not have the time to leave them for that long?

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    2. Good point; applying the rule on limited items is tricky. If it's something that I know I really want (and will use) I'll go ahead and order it. At the moment I'm not actively collecting dolls anymore, but luckily they'll usually increase in value, so you could always sell limited ones if they don't live up to the expectations.

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    3. That's true! I think they usually do increase in value. So it's better to jump in with those then!

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  4. You are doing way better than me with downsizing! I have such a hard time. I couldn't pick a single one of my bjds to part with. Maybe that in itself is the answer. I sometimes think it's because growing up, I didn't have much at all so I allow myself a little indulgence here and there.

    I can't really think of any strategies I tend to use. Maybe buying smaller dolls means they require less space??? Don't think that's a strategy though!

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    1. Haha, yes it is hard, but when considering I need to pay for college, it makes it easier.
      Smaller makes it a little better, but we can't divide our time equally amongst them, right?

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  5. I agree, to tidy up and do some decluttering is a good thing - not just with ones collections, but otherwise too. Did some cleaning at and around my work space and it was really comforting (such a good word by a visitor above) and a joy to see the results. I have had some thoughts of selling my other dolls (MH and so), but have not come so far yet. It is a process, maybe it needs to take time. Good luck with the decluttering!

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    1. 100% agreed about the feelings, sooo satisfying. Good luck with trying to minimize your collection also!

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  6. Tidying is a good thing! Hope you manage to get a collection you are happy with.
    Good luck with the sales!

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  7. Thank you x3 to be honest I am always jealous of people with small collections. It means they get to treasure each doll so much more I think!

    I'll do my best x3

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