In the summer of 2015, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Immediately, I dove head first into the KonMari de-cluttering process.
At the time the book was written, Marie Kondo had no children of her own. I found that children added some elements to the equation that were not addressed in the book. To fill in the gaps, I used techniques suggested in my all-time favorite parenting book, Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne.
It took a bit longer than the book recommended, but with 2-year-old triplets and a job outside the home, I was pretty proud of the progress I was able to make in 4 months’ time.
In October 2015, I wrote about combining the KonMari Method and Simplicity Parenting to cultivate a peaceful environment. Later that month, I posted a complete home tour along with a before and after of the office to show the positive impact de-cluttering had on our home.
It’s been just over a year since this post went up and it’s still one of the most popular posts on the blog. I decided to do a follow-up home tour to show that the process not only works, but it sticks.
Our home is far from perfect all the time, but it never takes very long to return it to a clean, organized baseline. And we certainly have some issues with recurring clutter, particularly in the paper category.
Marie Kondo claims that once the de-cluttering process is complete, it never needs to be done again. However, I’ve found that it requires maintenance. (For more on maintaining a clutter-free home, I’ve written a post about managing book clutter, with posts on kid stuff and clothing to come soon.)
Without further adieu, here is what the Manning family home looks like today:
Last year, our front porch was an empty space and I dreamed of putting a pretty rug and rocking chairs there. I was able to do that and now I spend many mornings outside reading. Gradually, I’d like to begin adding seasonal décor to this area.
The other morning, Violet and Lincoln came out and interrupted my reading session. I love that they brought a book of their own.
I still love the front door color and the owl doorknocker. The color is Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue.
When you first walk into the door, you can see most of the first floor. I adore the tall ceilings and open feel. It’s not a large home, but the soaring ceilings make it feel special to me.
We’ve made a few changes in the main area. The kids no longer have a separate table for eating. We now eat dinner at the dining table as a family. The table has been relocated to the basement playroom for crafts and tea parties. Instead, we have this gorgeous oak secretary that used to belong to my grandfather. I admired this piece as a child and feel so blessed to have it in our home.
The secretary houses all of the books I have that are not next to my bed. I read about a book a week, so I’m pretty proud of the fact that I have been able to limit my book collection to this space. Books are my favorite and they used to be such a huge source of clutter for me. This secretary sparks joy in so many ways.
It also makes an excellent cat tower. Which I think is a bonus.
The kitchen is a space that we clear every night. We try not to store too many things on the counters so the space is available when we need it.
The kitchen counter is still our clutter magnet. It’s the first surface we come to when we enter the house from the garage, so it has a tendency to become a catch-all.
Our dining room table is my favorite piece of furniture in the house. (It’s the Sumner Dining Table from Pottery Barn in rustic pine.)
The living room is open to the dining room. In the future, I would love to have a little décor on the coffee table. But these days, it serves as a stage for The Hot Dog Dance.
While I still haven’t hidden the television cables, I did purchase a kit to do it with. Hopefully it will happen soon. I’d also like to find a solution for storing all of our DVDs in a way that’s accessible, but hidden. Until then, there they are.
We invested in a new couch this past year and it is one of my all-time favorite things. It’s the Chesterfield from Pottery Barn. I’ve heard over and over again that you can’t have a white couch with kids. I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. This couch is covered in Sunbrella indoor/outdoor fabric and it cleans like an absolute dream.
On the way down the hall to the master bedroom, we have a laundry room, stairwell to the basement and a builder-basic half bath. In addition to doing mountains of laundry, the laundry room is also where we keep all of the things for the animals (2 dogs and 3 cats).
While we did hang a few pictures, I still feel like the master bedroom is the most neglected room of the house. I would love to get a new bed and nightstands, but it’s not a priority right now. In the meantime, I’m loving these beautiful mirrored picture frames from Target.
I still use an invisible bookshelf to keep all of my current reads off the nightstand. I read several books at once, so this has helped tremendously to keep my nightstand from becoming a sloppy mess. It worked so well for me, that my husband also installed an invisible bookshelf on his side of the bed.
We have a good-sized master closet. After going through the KonMari process and learning more about minimalism, I’ve begun keeping a capsule wardrobe. It’s made my life easier in so many ways.
On the way up the stairs, we are very gradually building a gallery wall. We’ve added a couple of photos and a few non-photo items since last year. It is a work in progress.
When you get to the top of the stairs, you’ll see my office space. During KonMari, paper was a difficult category. Not only because we have a tremendous amount, but because the paper is not solely mine. I couldn’t be ruthless about it the way Marie Kondo recommends in her book. My husband likes to keep records accessible just in case. (It’s the auditor in him.)
I’d really like to go through this space and eliminate more paper clutter by digitizing some things. There is a resource called The Paperless Home from Just a Girl and Her Blog that I am planning to use to get paper under control in our house. That way my husband still has access to files, but they’re not taking up space in our home.
I still have several pictures to hang on the walls in this space, but it’s coming along. Since last year, I’ve been able to display my joy-sparking Disney collection and I’m so happy to finally see them out of the boxes!
The kids’ bedrooms still look very much the same. All we’ve done is remove the crib rails from their beds and the toys from their closets. However, we have huge changes coming up. For Christmas this year they are getting room makeovers and big kid beds! I can’t wait to share the final results.
The only thing we keep in the kids’ rooms are the things they sleep with and their clothes. Keeping my sons’ things organized is easy. My daughters are a little more complicated. They don’t wear the same size, but have a lot of similar clothing. Also, we are constantly handing down outfits from the taller girl to the smaller girl. In order to keep track of everything, we separated the closet into sections. All of Keira’s clothes are on pink hangers and Violet’s clothes are on white hangers. We also keep all of their little things separate by using inexpensive plastic containers in their drawers
All of the kids’ toys are now in the basement playroom. This past year, we were able to put up a wall and make most of the basement into a playroom. I’m not going to include the basement in this home tour, because I’ll be posting about the entire process after we put the finishing touches on the space, but here’s a sneak peek just for fun.
That’s it for our home. I’ll be back next year with another update!
If you enjoyed this post, you might like these as well:
Living Peacefully with Toddlers: Cultivating a Peaceful Environment: Using techniques learned in the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne to create a calm home environment.
Living Peacefully with Toddlers: Post-KonMari Home Tour: A tour of our home from top to bottom.
Living Peacefully with Toddlers: Practicing Intentionality in Parenting: How intentional living has shaped our family.
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