Last year, during the time I was trying to refocus on my life, one of the last things that I wanted to do was to organize my space. I came across a book called "The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo and read a lot of reviews online. I was planning on getting a copy in Taiwan and would start the project after my trip, but my coworker actually surprised me with this book as my Christmas present (because I kept talking about it, haha). So after my sweet vacation, I finished the book and began this organizing project.
It might sound like an easy project, you know, to clean my room. But it totally wasn't. I actually dedicated a couple days for this. I started with all my clothes, which was the main reason that I want to start this project and was also suggested by the book. I took out every single piece I owned, from bulky coats to socks, went through each item, and decided if I want to keep or get rid of it.
Since I had been thinking about doing this, I basically know what I wanted to keep, so it was pretty easy to determine the ones I need to let go. I had a lot of hand-me-down pieces that I don't even remember who I got them from and some free shirts I got from different events that I thought I could wear at home. But the truth is, I never wear them. I ended up filling four bags of clothes/pants/underwear/socks, one bag of purses, and one and a half box of shoes. It was crazy! I cleared out so much closet space and was able to find a permanent spot for the ones that were left, instead of putting them in random places.
*Sadly, I didn't take any photos because I didn't know that I would write a post about it.
After finishing the biggest category, the rest of the project was much easier. I moved onto my bookshelves and threw away lots of notes I took from high school and college and cleared out some books I know I would never read again. I was able to reduce the size of the items on my bookshelves to half. As for photos and sentimental items, I actually didn't have too many of them. When I moved to the US from Taiwan, I already went through everything and decided what I wanted to bring with me here. During these years in the US, most of the photos I had were in digital format, and I kept them pretty organized on my laptop (I'm a little particular when it comes to files and folders on my laptop). This surprisingly was the easiest category for me.
Until these days, my room still doesn't get messy like before because everything has its own spot. I just have to make sure I put them back. Having a clean and organized room really helps clear my mind, and I feel much calmer and productive than before. It also makes me realize what I have and don't have. For example, I had been looking for this white T-shirt for a while. After going through everything and I still didn't see it, I know I can stop looking for it.