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KONMARI WITH KIDS: SENTIMENTAL - KEEPSAKES


Welcome to my new series: 'KonMari With Kids'. 
If you have just joined me - WELCOME - I recently completed the KonMari method with my OWN belongings, read 'My KonMari Journey' to see how I did. Now, it's time to get stuck into my kid's stuff - I have two children: Miss B, 12 years old and Master M, 3 years old.

Previously on the blog, I shared how I KonMari'd my kids clothes (Baby, Toddler and Tween), their books., Paper - including Art Work and School Memorabilia, TOYS, DVDs, Crafts, Stationery & Bedroom decor, and now it's time for Sentimental.

Marie suggests children as young as three years old can decide what gives them joy and the key principle is that each person should be making the decisions for themselves. Before you tackle your kids items, she does recommend you KonMari your own belongings first.

For Sentimental, I am going to follow the principles she (Marie Kondo) suggested for tidying Komono:
  1. Gather all items in that category in one place. 
  2. Choose only those that spark joy 
  3. Store by category.

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Today I am sharing: Sentimental Keepsakes

I have shared in my previous KonMari posts that I am a sentimental hoarder. My partner tells me I always make connections to something - which is true. When I see or touch items from my past I am instantly taken back to that moment in time. So when it came to going through my kids sentimental keepsakes, I knew it was going to be a big job, mentally and emotionally. I had to think about the end result - How much stuff am I willing to keep and part with? Is it going to fit in the containers I have? 

Recently, I decided that this was it. I was mentally and emotionally prepared to go through the kids sentimental keepsakes. So I pulled the containers into the lounge and started going through it all. Here is my journey...

BEFORE 

These containers have been staring at me for weeks and it was finally time to pull them all out and go through it all, once and for all. 

Over the years I have been purging items from Miss B's keepsake containers, however I haven't touched Master M's so I'm not entirely sure what I have actually put in there. Eep! (Note: I will be doing Photos in a separate post).

TIP: If you have a lot of sentimental keepsakes: make sub-categories e.g cards, decor, sentimental toys, pregnancy etc. Breaking it into smaller categories will make it less daunting. This way you get to see what you have in that sub-category, making the purging process a bit easier. 



DURING

At this point you couldn't see the floor of my lounge. There were piles of stuff everywhere. I was slowly making head way with the kids sentimental keepsakes and some of the items I had stored away for safe keeping, didn't actually spark joy so I added them to my 'donate pile'. 

Choosing items that truly spark joy has become easier over time, and I am grateful for the KonMari method - I don't think I would be able to pare down as much as I have, if I hadn't used the method. 

Special items of clothing were also added to the kids keepsake boxes - these are the items that remind me of when they were newborn or frequently wore - these are the all time favourite pieces - they bring a lot of joy. 


Blankets, sheets, wraps etc - there were a lot! So I kept a couple of our favourites and have donated the rest. 


 AFTER 

A few years ago I set up a 27L keepsake box for each of the kids - it was filled with items from their First Year, including their baby books. However as they have grown older, I wanted to add special mementos to the box, but the boxes became too small. So I upgraded to a 60L container each (I just used what I had) and now EVERYTHING can be found in one place. 

 



Before I put the 'First Year' keepsakes into the 60L container, I took a photo of what I actually decided to keep for each child.

Master M's includes special towel from Great Nana, booties, a few giraffe items (that was his theme), footprint art, teddy, pregnancy journal and cards from his birthdays etc.


Miss B's keepsake box includes: pregnancy journal, capsule of special items from the day she was born, art from a close friend, pillow she made, and a few soft teddies from her childhood. (see below for what's in the box).


In the Paris box, Miss B has her special treasures. These treasures are also special to me too, as they remind me of the first seven years that it was just us. (If you didn't know, I was a single mum before meeting my partner (and Master M's Dad).


GREETING CARDS
My son loves all of his cards, based on the covers, so I can't argue with that joy, so I have decided to keep all the kids cards and I am okay with that, so are they.

At the moment I have all the cards organised by year and wrapped in a rubber band. I have thought about turning the cards into a book, using binder rings, however I'm not 100% sure. When I decide, I will definitely let you know. For now, this system works for me (I have done the same with my own cards).
*** TIP ***
If you ARE purging any cards, cut the fronts off and donate them to your local PlayCentre, Childcare centre or hospital (Kids Ward) as they are can be repurposed for crafts.

DONATE PILE

I was amazed at how quickly my donate bin filled up. Some of the items I am going to try and sell, and the rest will be donated. 


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It's a great feeling going from three 'overflowing' containers each child to ONE. I am very proud of my efforts, and there is still room in the containers to add more special keepsakes over the years, as my children grow. When I look at the contents in boxes, I see a snapshot of my children's lives (12 years and 3 years) and that SPARKS so much JOY for me. Now I can put them back in the wardrobe and not have to worry about containers falling on me when I open the door.

Each of my children have: 
1 x A3 & 1 x A4 Art Folder
1 x 40L School Memorabilia
1 x 60L Sentimental Keepsakes 
and that is what they will be given when they leave home (but that's not for ages!!). 

Next step: to find containers matching their School Memorabilia colours (purple and green), I did find the perfect container online, however when I contacted the company, they no longer sell them and shouldn't be on the website. I was bummed. Fingers crossed I find something suitable, in the meantime, the containers I have will have to do.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you did, please feel free to PIN and/or SHARE with your friends and family.

Thanks for reading, 
Charlene

Coming Up Next: KonMari With Kids: Sentimental - Photos 
Saving the best (and hardest) till last - {PHOTOS}. Join me as I tackle the (lack of) printed photos I have of my children, and make a new plan moving forward. 

I am super excited about this new series 'KonMari With Kids' and would love for you to follow along in this process, better yet, join me - Subscribe to my Blog, so you don't miss a post and together we CAN 'KonMari With Kids'. I will also be sharing my journey on my Facebook page, and Instagram, so be sure to follow me there too.


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TAKING STOCK - April / May 2017


Welcome to the another 'Taking Stock' post for 2017. If you are new to Teacher by trade, Mother by nature (WELCOME) you can read all of my 'Taking Stock' posts HERE. Pip from Meet Me At Mike is the mastermind behind this series, so be sure to check out her blog. This is something I have been doing since I started blogging and will continue to do this year - I love looking back at previous months. In a nutshell, it's simply taking a step back and 'taking stock' of what's currently happening in your life. 


Here's what's been happening in the month of APRIL & MAY..

Enjoying: my new office space! I decided to move all my teacher resources etc inside and have created a lovely workspace that is functional and 'sparks joy'. Everything I need is right there at my finger tips. I really want to upgrade my chair, so I'm on the hunt for a new one. 

My partner is now happy he has the whole external office space for himself and his gym. Space for him and now I have beautiful space for myself. Win Win!



Looking & Reading: through my daughter's school papers. I organised them into these clear file folders. It's such a nice feeling knowing that it's all in ONE place. You can read more about it HERE.

Getting: in the picture with my Mum (see pic below) & my kids. Did you get in the picture with your kids this month? 


Wishing: my Mum a very Happy Birthday (26th May). Love You Mum.


Buying: a new outfit for a Girls Night Out with my best friends. Top, jeans and earrings from SaveMart (op-shop). Necklace, nail polish and handbag were from KMart. 




Loving: my new 'Mother's Day Journal'. I was inspired by Bernadette at So Freaking Organised, who shared her journal on her blog. Such a great idea. I look forward to future entries from my kids. Have you got a Mother's Day Journal?



Playing: with play dough and rubbish trucks with Master M.

Making: memories with my children. Our tradition for Easter is quite simple. The kids get winter pjs, a small chocolate and we read 'We're going on an Egg Hunt' (I bought this last year). Does you family have any special traditions?


Sorting: through the kids toys! OH MY! What a mission that was. Check out the before and after posts HERE. I also finished sorting through the kids DVDs, Stationery, Crafts, Hobbies and Bedroom decor.  

I have ONE more category to go! SENTIMENTAL - Watch this space!



Admiring: the before and after photos of an organising job, I recently was a part of, at a local school. I was asked by the school to help them organise and declutter their Resource Room. It was a massive job but totally worth it. The staff were very grateful for my help. I love the after photo. 



Feeling: sad. Today we farewelled a dear friend. Fly High L x We will miss you.

Celebrating: our 5 year anniversary. My partner surprised me with this gorgeous bouquet of flowers for our anniversary. The only person he buys flowers for is his Nana, so I felt extremely lucky and loved. Here's to many, many more years together x




Finding: new systems and routines to help tackle our laundry. This hanging system was inspired by Leanne at Organising The Four of Us who shared her laundry routine on her YouTube channel. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I love it! I love not having baskets full of clean washing. This is going to come in handy during the Winter months. 


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Now it's YOUR turn...

Tell me, what's been happening in YOUR world? How was APRIL & MAY for you?
Choose three (or more) words from the list and 'take stock' in the comments below.


Have a wonderful week
Charlene



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KONMARI WITH KIDS: KOMONO - DVDS, STATIONERY, CRAFT, HOBBIES AND BEDROOM DECOR.



Welcome to my new series: 'KonMari With Kids'. 
If you have just joined me - WELCOME - I recently completed the KonMari method with my OWN belongings, read 'My KonMari Journey' to see how I did. Now, it's time to get stuck into my kid's stuff - I have two children: Miss B, 12 years old and Master M, 3 years old.

Previously on the blog, I shared how I KonMari'd my kids clothes (Baby, Toddler and Tween), their books., Paper - including Art Work and School Memorabilia, TOYS, and now it's time for the rest of KOMONO (miscellaneous items).

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- KOMONO -

Marie suggests children as young as three years old can decide what gives them joy and the key principle is that each person should be making the decisions for themselves. Before you tackle your kids items, she does recommend you KonMari your own belongings first.

I found Komono (miscellaneous items) quite overwhelming, only because there are so many sub-categories within the category. I thought I was never going to get out of Komono, but I did! (You can read about it here

In Kondo's second book, Spark Joy, she mentions that "The key to fast and efficient komono tidying is to know your categories". Once you have identified the categories that exist in your home, you can follow the three basic steps for each one.

  1. Gather all items in that category in one place. 
  2. Choose only those that spark joy 
  3. Store by category.
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Today I am sharing: 

KOMONO: DVDS, STATIONERY, CRAFT,  HOBBIES AND BEDROOM DECOR. 

If you are familiar with Marie Kondo or the KonMari Method, then you will know one of the categories is KOMONO. This is quite a big category, as it consists of many sub-categories, depending on your home. When I started this new series 'KonMari With Kids', the biggest Komono item was TOYS, so I tackled it first. Now it's time to tackle everything else...but what exactly fits in this category for KIDS? 

For my kids, I will be covering: 
  • DVDs
  • Stationery/Craft Supplies 
  • Hobby related items (Nail polish)
  • Bedroom Decor
One of the things I have found helpful during this whole KonMari journey is actually sorting everything into the five categories first, according to Marie Kondo: Clothes, Books, Paper, Komono and Sentimental. Going through the boxes and cupboards and sorting everything into piles matching the above categories, so when it came to tackling a particular category...it was all there, ready and I knew I wasn't going to find it anywhere else in the home. 

Once that was done, I was able to begin...

DVDS

When my daughter was younger, we had A LOT of DVDs, however over the years she's grown out of them (GOODBYE DORA!) and we ended up discarding a whole heap when we moved in with my partner, and also over the years during my decluttering journey. 

Nowadays, we tend to borrow DVDs from either my parents for a few weeks or hire them from the video store. My parents have a HUGE collection of DVDs, so they are our go-to place if we want to watch a DVD. We also have Sky and Netflix, and there are a lot of great movies on there, so we record them or watch them on the laptop (I'm going to purchase a Chrome Cast this week - so we can sync the laptop to our 'not-so-smart' TV). 

As you can see our collection is fairly small, nonetheless, it was good to go through them and discard ones that we no longer need or want. 

BEFORE


DONATE 


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AFTER 
Remember: we borrow movies from my parents and we hold on to them for a few weeks (sometimes months depending if they are popular with the kids or not) and we also record movies on Sky too. It's nice to have a variety, especially if we are on the road or it's a miserable day.


We keep our DVDS in this white rattan basket in our TV cabinet. I keep my parent's DVDs in there until I see them again. I also have the portable dvd player in the basket too, so it's all in one place. We usually take our portable DVD player when we go on long trips - to keep the kids entertained, while travelling. My partner's XBox games are also in tv cabinet too. 


These DVDs belong to my parents and will be returned to them on our next visit. It's also a good time to get some new ones. 


STATIONERY / CRAFT SUPPLIES 


BEFORE


Miss B sorting her KOMONO into sub-categories: DVDS, STATIONERY, CRAFTS, HOBBIES and BEDROOM DECOR. We also found books and clothes (oh dear), however Miss B was happy to discard these items, as she totally forgot she had them.


PENCIL CASES

PENCIL CASES AFTER
(I kept the Arsenal one - it sparked joy!) 

STATIONERY AND CRAFT SUPPLIES (bits and bobs) BEFORE


STATIONERY AND CRAFT SUPPLIES (bits and bobs) AFTER


HOBBY RELATED ITEMS

 NAIL POLISH BEFORE 

NAIL POLISH AFTER

AFTER

This is what is being returned to Miss B's bedroom. So much lighter, and organised. The grey boxes are stored in her wardrobe and everything else Miss B has found homes for. I gave the organisers on the left to my Mum - perfect for her jewellery art (she was very thankful)



DISCARD PILE

We emptied 3 x 60L containers and it feels FANTASTIC.


DONATE PILE

All of this has been donated! My daughter was very relieved to have it out of her space, and knows someone else will treasure these items. 




BEDROOM DECOR

Since I started the 'KonMari With Kids' series, the kids bedrooms have had makeovers. I actually did them in March, however they still look the same today, so KonMari for the WIN! Before I did the makeover on my daughter's bedroom, I got her to take everything out that she no longer wanted in her room - that's all the stuff that is in the BEFORE photo above. Everything that was left in the room, sparked joy - she loves her new room and so do I! 

NOTE: The BEFORE photos (smaller photo) are from Christmas and were taken just before I started this series. What a difference?!

Once I have finished the KonMari With Series, I might look into sharing a full tour of the kids bedrooms (watch this space). 


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It feels good to finally share with you the BEFORE and AFTER photos of the KOMONO category. It can be a difficult category, because everything that doesn't belong in Clothes, Books, Paper and Sentimental - belongs in KOMONO and it can be overwhelming. 

However, breaking it [KOMONO] into sub-categories like DVDs, Stationery/Craft Supplies or Hobby related items and Bedroom decor will make this category less daunting, and you will be able to tidy each space/area more efficiently. 

I think it's really important to follow Marie Kondo's basic steps when tidying Komono...
  1. Gather all items in that category in one place.
  2. Choose only those that spark joy
  3. Store by category
My daughter had a vision for her room, so the purging process was easy. A lot of the stuff she had, she has outgrown - some of which she's had since she was 5 years old, so it was good for her to have a really good clean out. She loves her space and takes pride in it. It does get untidy, however now, it doesn't take her long to tidy because 1) there is less stuff and 2) everything has a place. 

So once again...for the KOMONO category, I split it into 5 sub-categories
2. DVDS 
3. STATIONERY/CRAFTS
4. HOBBY RELATED ITEMS
5. BEDROOM DECOR

I hope you found this post helpful. If you did, please feel free to PIN and/or SHARE with your friends and family.

Thanks for reading, 
Charlene


Coming Up Next: KonMari With Kids: Sentimental Items
It's the mother of all categories - SENTIMENTAL! I have been decluttering my daughter's sentimental belongings over for years, however I haven't touched any of my son's - so this is going to be a big task for me. I will probably break it up into smaller sub-categories, like I did with my own Sentimental items - WATCH THIS SPACE. 


I am super excited about this new series 'KonMari With Kids' and would love for you to follow along in this process, better yet, join me - Subscribe to my Blog, so you don't miss a post and together we CAN 'KonMari With Kids'. I will also be sharing my journey on my Facebook page, and Instagram, so be sure to follow me there too.


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