Part 2: Downsize Then Organize

This is Part 2 of The Great Declutter series on how streamlining my backpack survival gear led me to downsizing the rest of my possessions by 2/3.



Kondo Method to the Rescue

I utilized the Kondo Method for decluttering. First I put all of the same items together in a pile, like my 15 boxes of kitchen stuff!  (I had no idea that I owned so much, which is the point of putting it into a pile.) Then I unwrapped everything and I held each bowl, mug, and baking sheet, and asked myself, “Does this give me joy?” If the answer was no, or if it was a duplicate, off it went to Goodwill. I downsized from 15 boxes to 5 boxes!

A Better Use for a Bulletin Board

First I got rid of four pairs of shoes that didn’t give me joy. (They were cute, but they gave me blisters.) Storing shoes under the bed is inconvenient, so I fixed that by putting them on a bulletin board. That way I can slide them out to make it easy to access the shoes in the back.


Utilizing the Closet Space

Since I downsized my wardrobe from a bajillion to about 40 items (that’s excluding socks and underwear), I had a bunch of space in my closet.

So I hung up my backpacks and trekking poles! It’s good to finally give them a home. I love how they look hanging from the carabiners, that I will open up the closet to just admire them.



Getting the Papers Under Control

First I put all of the papers into one giant pile on the ground. And I thought about how documents don’t make me happy. So if I asked myself, “Does this piece of paper give me joy?”, all of the paper would be tossed. So instead I asked, “What would happen if I threw this away?”

My brain couldn’t come up with a good reason to save most of them, so I shredded over 2/3 of the pile!

I’m no longer hoarding manuals, old pay stubs or taxes that are over ten years old.

It gave me a lot of joy shredding those papers. Plus it is so much easier finding what I am looking for because they all fit inside of one accordion file folder!

Paper is no longer my nemesis. I’m in charge.

Creating an Inspiring Place to Work

Having a tidy desk helps me to focus, so I found homes for everything that was on the desk except for the essentials: my adorable flower and carrot gel pens, my laptop and my beloved souvenir that reads, “I ❤️ Taiwan.”


Making a Home for My Wallet and Keys

I kept misplacing my keys and my wallet because I don’t use the same bag every day. After decluttering the contents of my purse, I dedicated a cute shoe box lid to hold these items. When I get home, I take them out of my purse/backpack/pockets, thank them for their usefulness and let them rest in their black shoebox lid.



I am on a Roll!

It feels so good to declutter. Now I am surrounded by things that make me happy. I love my stuff! Xox

And now head on over to Part 3!

Part 1: The Great Declutter

Part 2: Downsize Then Organize

Part 3: Downsizing My Art

Part 4: Discovering Treasures

Part 5: Tying Up Loose Ends