The Bjorndals Tidy Up: Part III

Jun 2, 2019

My Marie Kondo don’t,

my Marie Kondo dont,

my Marie Kondo dont want none

unless you’ve got junk hun.

-Sir Mix-A-Lot

This post tackles the seemingly most difficult category: Sentimental

This includes cards, notes, photos, and anything that gives you all the feels when you look at it (not including hannah 😍). We extended this category to digital things too and it was so helpful! We were able to finally get rid of some old devices that just had a handful of photos or notes on them and not be weighed down by old flip phones and laptops!

Marie makes the point to say that you shouldn’t tell your family what you’re getting rid of as you tidy. That is a problem because our main audience is our family that might or might not be subscribing as a courtesy, either way, glad you’re here, Mom! 

As we went through old photos, birthday cards, and love notes, we had a few guides we ended up following for whether or not to keep things:

1. If there are multiple photos of the same day, like a hiking trip, keep one favorite.

2. Does the message in the note still mean something to you today? The answer was yes for a few, but in some cases, the words were meant for the day-of and don’t mean as much now (7th birthday advice not withstanding)

3. As with the other categories, how do you feel when you look at it/read it? Photos that make us laugh are going nowhere, nor are the cringe-worthy ones! But there were a number where I felt “I’ve got one just like this”. It was as if there was a natural number of photos required to remember different time periods and I could tell when I hit that threshold!

4. Finally, If you don’t love it, why are you keeping it? It’s easy to decide keep vs. pitch. It’s more difficult to ask yourself why you’ve held onto a possession. Being perfectly honest, I’ve kept a lot of non-significant notes from my parents over the years and I came to realize that I was afraid of living without their words someday in the future. Admitting this fear and recognizing the crutch I had made for my fear, was enlightening. I have a few special notes and cards that I am keeping either because they make me laugh or smile but I actually feel like I was able to grow a little by shedding a possession which I was trusting in for security. 

We 100% endorse not going through sentimental things until you’ve done all the other categories and also can see that this whole process gets harder the larger a space you have. Our 2 bedroom Kondo doesn’t allow for much storage and made it all the more tempting to send things to our parent’s houses. We try to keep that to a minimum and hope to one day keep all of it here at Bjorndalton Abbey (our house). 

Have you joined the Kondo journey? What do you take objection to in her method? Share your thoughts with us and stay tidy my friends!

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