You can find my run down of Marie Kondo's KonMari Method at The Pre-Surg Purge, Part 1.
Like, Holy COW do we have a BUNCH OF STUFF.
Like, a BUNCH.
Like, I've taken 6 car loads of donations out of the house.
Ok...I'm done using the word like.
During this pre-surg purge, motivated 100% by Marie Kondo and her magical tidying voodoo, I have been able to really see what we have. I have unearthed entire outfits that had been "stored" away in boxes and bags. I had 5 pairs of underwear still with the tags on them. I found my favorite set of button up pajamas (a requirement for my post surgery mastectomy body). I finally said goodbye to two beautiful JCrew coats that I had bought when I worked there in 2007 - they no longer bring me joy, only fill me with the dread of remembering an ex-boyfriend.
My bookshelves are now the most beautiful area in my home. Color coordinated and with the book jackets removed, they look like they are straight out of a magazine. With only things that bring me joy on display.
This is all great Christina, but when are you going to say something funny or really deep and inspiring?!
I know, I'm a jerk...how dare I just talk about the mundane things like new underwear and my bookshelves.
Have you ever really purged things from your house that no longer bring you joy? Not just spring-cleaning/getting rid of excess crap...but TRULY evaluated items, one by one, to see if they spark joy in your soul? I hadn't. I am REALLY good at organizing, but MAN, I have never really evaluated my belongings in such a personal way. And I'm loving taking care of my belongings, thanking them for their work, and folding or placing back into their proper place.
I feel better. I feel lighter. My house feels happier. YES, MY HOUSE FEELS HAPPIER. Everything is where it should be. I feel more prepared for my surgery and the recovery. I feel more confident about others coming in and out of my home on the reg. I feel in control, and that control is important to me. And no, I'm not a control freak...please use a coaster for that drink.
I have made it through the first two major categories of the KonMari Method: Clothes and Books and I've been slowly making it through the komono - miscellaneous items like kitchen utensils, CDs, DVDs, etc. I'm not going to be touching the sentimental stuff until the timing is appropriate. Right now, I'm raw, on edge and a bit anxious, so I shouldn't go tossing photos of former friends and ex boyfriends.
I'm also refraining from going through Tim's things, which means I get heart palpitations every time I step foot into his office. Again...I'm not a control freak.
Christina Mallory Chicoraske - a 30 year old, 4th generation Okie, diagnosed BRCA2+ and undergoing a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. This is the tale of my journey with hopes to inform and encourage other young women searching for answers after a BRCA1/2 gene mutation discovery.