009: KonMari Tidying Up Caused a Brawl & 6/4 Reading -“Visions Cost Money to Fulfill”

In this Episode

00:00 I take you with me as I begin my KonMari tidying up journey and tell you why it led to a knock-down, drag out fight!

I’m usually late to the party, but I think I jumped on this train at the perfect moment (pardon the mixed metaphor). If you have no clue what I am talking about, then you need to listen to today’s podcast. 🙂 In this episode, I will also explain how decluttering (a.k.a. tidying up) is related to recovery from compulsive spending. Click here for links to books and other resources I mention.

Scroll down to see before and after pictures (including my adorable Cocker Spaniel Sidney)

I start off with an overview. Then move on to:
09:09 Clothes
15:27 Books
28:38 Paper

35:23 Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders
June 4: Visions Cost Money to Fulfill

Pictures of my KonMari process

Here are the before and after pictures (so far):
(For more dramatic effect, click to enlarge.)





(Scene of the crime – where the big brawl happened)



Literally getting rid of 13 boxes of books! My son says he wants them. Okey dokey. 🙂


My arch-nemesis! I’m in process. I’m recording this amidst that sea of papers. OK, so I cleaned up a bit, but still miles and miles (or should I say — piles and piles) to go.

Links to Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

http:/Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying by Marie Kondo

Trailer for the new Minimalism movie

Graham Hill Ted Talk – “Less Stuff, More Happiness”
(It’s just 5:42 and really worth watching!)

Graham Hill’s Website “Life Edited”


Great Videos on Folding – Marie Kondo Style

Excellent Free KonMari Checklist (PDF)

Miss Minimalist

The Organized AntHill – Great explanation about using binders to store papers

Music Attribution

“Life of Riley” (Intro and Outro), “Carpe Diem,” “Fluffing a Duck,” “Epic Unease,” and “DerKleberSting”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

One thought on “009: KonMari Tidying Up Caused a Brawl & 6/4 Reading -“Visions Cost Money to Fulfill”

  1. Going through books and feeling the heartache for “all the things I will never do or be” – Oh my Lorde!!!!!! This was my experience – so painful – number 1. ‘I will never homeschool my children’. There. I said it.

    Ok, I didn’t throw them away yet… lol baby steps!

    How can I thank you enough? – you’ve been my constantly companion working toward financial wellness, and also now version 5.0 of decluttering.

    Oh and for papers, I take photos of all incoming kinds of important papers, warranties, receipts and store them in Evernote – it’s my YNAB for papers. I pay a yearly subscription, but it’s worth every dollar to me. Xxx

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