I’m still slowly working my way through the Konmari process and it still really is magic. I just finished my jewelry, and although I didn’t send a lot to the thrift store, now I know exactly what I have. I have documented my collection in photos (nothing’s terribly valuable– I tend to like geeky jewelry or glass beads from Venice. My most expensive piece of jewelry is my Time Turner.) For now, the jewelry has to go back into the tackle boxes until I can find a jewelry armoire I like. Since I know exactly what I have, I know how much space I need.
My next category is household electronics/electrics, other than food-related, grooming, dog stuff, or gardening stuff. It’ll be fun ferreting out all the electronics from their hidey holes. I suspect it will go very quickly once I find everything. I’m also aware that I will have to do this entire process again in my garage, but I think that will go much easier because after working on this since January, I’m losing my emotional attachment to pointless things. Case in point: I will be getting rid of the barely-working 1977 Hitachi TV I’ve owned since I was 13. (If it still worked well, I’d keep it and attach my Atari 800XL to it.) Yes, I am emotionally attached to a broken television set. This thing has been in my life since my dad bought it in Greece in 1977 and became mine when he upgraded his television a few years later. I took it to Korea, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Texas, Missouri, and Texas again. But getting rid of the TV does not mean I am getting rid of my memories of those places.
Unfortunately, I injured my back this week and it’s taking its own sweet time to heal, so I’m going to have to do the electronics pretty slowly, along with moving the books out of the office. (I weeded hundreds of books when I did the book category, so I’ve been taking them to the thrift store a few at a time so they don’t get overwhelmed. I’m also taking some to work for students to take home if they want.)
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