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Good morning!

Are you ready to continue the purging and organizing this week?

This is the third Sunday of this series I’m part of based on the Marie Kondo Method as outlined in her book “the life-changing magic of tidying up”.

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I’ve been reading through this book and following along with Marie’s suggested methods for getting organized; once and for all.  I’m thrilled to be in cahoots with these bloggers on this #SparkingJoy journey:

Anderson & Grant
Making it in the Mountains
DIY Passion
Dwelling in Happiness
Zevy Joy
Cupcakes & Crinoline
Lost in the Found
The Happy Housie

Last week I shared my first big step in this journey.  Tackling my clothing.  I wrote about tips for purging your closet as well as an idea for what to do with all that clothing you purge: how to host a clothing exchange!

And this week we are moving onto tackling our Accessories and Make-up.

I love my accessories.  Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, scarves, hats, and make-up.  Nothing takes your simple and classic wardrobe pieces to the next level like some well chosen accessories.

And, as an accessory lover, I have come to have quite the collection of the years.  Somehow they are very hard to part with.  Maybe because they seem so small and minor and inconsequential, that it doesn’t seem like a big deal to hang onto them.  Which can lead to accumulating much, much, much more than you really want or need.

Marie recommends laying all your items of a specific category out on the floor.  Well, I must say, I prefer to work off of my bed.  I like the height.  I don’t want to put it all down on the floor because then I have to bend down there to pick it all up.  So I started by spreading allllll my accessories out on the bed (I divided each subcategory up and went by: necklaces, bracelets, earrings, scarves, hats, and then make-up).

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Again, it is about the intuition.

The feeling.

Listening to your gut.

So I picked up each piece and asked myself if it “sparked joy” for me.

I listened to my gut.  And I didn’t let any feelings of obligations or guilt enter into my decision.  If it didn’t really spark joy, I (tried to) thank it for it’s purpose in my life and then moved it to the discard pile.

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It was pretty amazing to me how many accessories I was hanging onto that really didn’t spark any kind of joy.

But when I stopped and looked at them, I realized that I hadn’t worn most of them for many, many years.  And I was just hanging onto them just, simply, to hang onto them.  “In case”.  And “in case” never came.  And never will, right?

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There were a few pieces that did #sparkjoy for me but that were broken.  I put them in a small pile on my dresser and have given myself a week to have all repairs completed.  If they aren’t done by then, then I don’t actually care enough to bother keeping them, right?

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This is all I was left with from that original pile….

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And then I followed the same process with the rest of my accessories (earrings, bracelets, scarves, hats – which all “bit the dust”, and then finally my make-up).

I cleaned up my make-up drawer completely and got rid of a lot that I haven’t used in years… or, perhaps, ever.  Which freed up enough room to get a few new basics that I needed.

I just love it when an organizational plan comes together….

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How has this process been going for you (if you have been tackling it too)?  I am curious to hear other people’s experiences with it.  So far, it has been easier then expected to part with my “extras”.  Seems that I knew in my gut that I didn’t really need them.

Not sure how it will go when it comes time to tackle my decor accessories.  That could be a whole other story!

Have a look at what my fellow #sparkingjoy blogging friends have accomplished this week- and how they are finding this process!

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This is an excerpt from the article #Sparking Joy: Decluttering Accessories & Makeup which originally appeared on http://thehappyhousie.com/.