Musings of a Museum Fanatic: May 2020

5.29.2020

6 Tips to Help You Begin the KonMari Method

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With most of us stuck at home we're looking to our closets and wanting to organize them better. A few years ago Marie Kondo and her KonMari organization method took America by storm. Lots of us have read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up given her KonMari method a go but there are lots of people who might think it's too hard or too much work.

I've worked to KonMari my wardrobe a few years ago and with the extra at home time am working through it again now as well as reading her second book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. I haven't binge watched her show on Netflix yet but it's in my queue. Having gone through the process several times now it's gotten easier and I've understood it even more. Beginning can be tough but there are tricks and tips that will help.

6 Tips to Help You Begin the KonMari Method by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


In a quick nutshell the KonMari technique has you look at every single thing you own and ask yourself the simple question "Does this spark joy?" You start with easier items like clothing and books moving through until you get to the very difficult sentimental items. Even though it seems like an easy thing to decide if something sparks joy it can be very difficult especially when you get to those sentimental items. 

Sparking joy might seem silly at first
After my mom read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the first time we had a long discussion about the idea something sparking joy. She couldn't get past the idea and wasn't sure the method would be helpful for her. Sometimes reframing it instead of sparking joy maybe think of it as do I love this?

Do you look at that top and do you love wearing it or do you think how frustrating how it makes your arms look and you're just not comfortable even though you love the color? If it's the second then it probably doesn't spark joy.

Break it up even more
Part of the process is to pull together everything in the single category. Say your tackling clothes. Pull everything together from every closet, drawer and bin from everywhere in the house.The first time around I did that and we ended up with a massive pile of clothes on the bed for two days.

I've learned that it's helpful to break up the larger categories into smaller ones. So I took one day and pulled out all of my tops and tackled that smaller category first. If you've never done a massive purge and reorganization this can help it not feel so overwhelming too.

6 Tips to Help You Begin the KonMari Method by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Commit to the process
One of the biggest problems with any organization project is that it's never seen through to the end. You start on your kitchen cabinets but then get part way through and half a dozen things remain on your counters since you didn't finish. Make a point to commit to the process it's a simple one that I know you can tackle!

Pick a good time
I sort of hinted at this with breaking up the categories but making sure you start at the right time is really important. If you start at 7pm pulling out everything in your closet unless you have insomnia you're probably going to frustrated since you didn't give yourself enough time. I feel like I say this about everything under the sun but a little bit of planning makes a big difference. Plan your time!

6 Tips to Help You Begin the KonMari Method by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Embrace the folding method
This is probably my favorite thing I learned from her book. I absolutely love the folding method. It's made a huge difference in my drawers. My t-shirts used to be in piles and I'd pull one out with the rest of it becoming a mess. Now it's so much simpler and I can see everything.

Read the book then read it again
No matter how much we try and concentrate there is always something we miss. While you can find information about the KonMari method all over the place and you'll be seeing more here there is nothing like reading the book. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a simple read or listen it's only 224 pages so it's a pretty quick read.

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5.27.2020

Reasons You Need a Will

On our quest to up our adulting game we are working to make sure that we have important papers like a will. A lot of people don't even think about having a will. They don't realize that even if it's just you there are really important reasons to make sure that you have one. There are lots of great online resources if you can't afford to hire a lawyer to make one for you. Do you already have a will?



You decide what happens to your assets
If you pass away without a will there is a good chance that your wishes for your estate won't be followed. So if you have a lot of family who might fight over everything or you want everything to go to the care of your dog make sure you have a legal document aka a will that spells it all out.

You decide what happens to your minor children
While we all hope that nothing will happen to us while our children are little there is always a possibility. Who wants to leave their future caretakers up to chance? That's what can happen if you don't specify this is in a will. The court could assign a family member or even appoint someone outside of your family.

You can keep people away from your money and stuff
Don't want your brother who has no idea how to handle finances getting the money you worked hard to earn and save? Put it in the will! If you don't want certain individuals to receive part of your estate then you'll want to make sure that is written in the will.  

To spell out your charitable giving
I feel like this is a Hallmark movie plot. Old man passes away and donates everything to charity but evil nephew tries to stop it. If you want specific assets or money to go to charity you need to spell that out in your will. Planned giving is yours and your favorite charity's best friend.

None of us are making it out alive
Death is literally the only thing you can count on in life. Whether it's next week or 80 years from now, none of us is making it out of this life alive. Having a will makes it so you can sleep easily at night knowing that your life, your family and your future is decided on and you won't leave a big mess for your family to take care of.

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5.20.2020

5 Simple Cleaning Tips

Cleaning is a pain in the butt. Most of us hate doing it and come up with so many excuses not to do it. I know right now our schedules are more open then they usually are but it can be tough to fit cleaning in to our lives. Especially when we find it so tedious.

Now that we have a much bigger home it's even more difficult to keep everything clean. I'm trying to instill better cleaning habits with the two of us. Here's XX tips I've discovered that help keep things simple when it comes to cleaning.


Make a schedule 
Kevin and I have been talking about having a cleaning schedule for waaaay too long now. Since going into stay at home we've put certain larger cleaning tasks like cleaning the bathroom in our calendars. Putting it into the calendar helps make time in our schedule for the various tasks. 

We haven't taken the time to schedule out all the different tasks every week. That's our next goal. It's a well known fact when you schedule out time for something and make it important it's much more likely to get accomplished. Do you have a cleaning schedule already in place? What are you biggest schedule tips?

Always make your bed
When I was in college I read somewhere, probably in a magazine, that if you do one thing to keep your home clean always make your bed. It's amazing how that one little thing can make the room either feel much cleaner or much messier. Plus it's probably the simplest and quickest cleaning you can do in the entire house. Unless you have like 20 throw pillows then you probably need to work on getting rid of some pillows.

Clean small things as you go
One thing that we all tend to accumulate are those small things. Like the couple of coupons you took out of your purse and left in the living room or the hair tie you left on the kitchen table, the list goes on and on. I've always been a big fan of cleaning up those little things as I go. Meaning if I'm getting up and going into another room I take two seconds to take care of any little item that might have ended up in the wrong space. Plus I'm getting a few extra steps too which right now working from the couch is much needed!

Get rid of stuff
If it's not in your house you don't have to clean it! Pretty simple right? While we haven't purged as much in our life as some people have there is way less in our house. It has made a crazy big difference in our house that's for sure.

Do a little bit each day
Thinking about how much of your home you have to clean all at once can be incredibly overwhelming. Sometimes it can be so much that you can't even do anything. There is an old saying "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Breaking down the cleaning and doing a little bit each day is a good way to break down those overwhelming cleaning tasks.

When you give yourself a set time like half an hour or even just 10 minutes it's easier to focus on those tasks at hand. You can take that time and just clean, clean, clean then you're done for the day if you need to be. Nothing like a deadline to keep you focused!

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!

5.11.2020

Virtually Visiting Chicago Museums

One of the aspects of the stay a home I've found tough is that I can't go to museums. It seems silly but when you work in them, that's where you go to see colleagues and love them it makes it hard when you can go in them! Lots of these amazing non-profits have been hit really hard with this shut down too. 

Even though we're all supposed to be staying at home now that is no reason why you can't "visit" Chicago museums in other ways. I've pulled together a list of Chicago area museums who are doing the big three of online visit ... virtual tours, digital collections and online exhibits. 

Though not all museums are doing these specific types of online content they're still sharing lots of fun and interesting things like story times, object of the week, talks by members of the staff and so much more through their websites and social media channels. 


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Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!