Can Tidying Up A Little Bit at a Time Still Spark Joy in Households? I'm Tackling the KonMari Method My Own Way

When Netflix debuted the show, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo", praise for her and the show was everywhere.  People across America began tidying up and posting on social media that the show was so motivating. I became curious about it myself. Marie Kondo is a best-selling author, and her KonMari method has been around for several years.

In fact, I remember seeing her books in stores years ago, but quickly passed them by because I had no desire to clean up. But TV visuals can change everything in one hour.  I watched the show and as soon as that show was over,  I could not wait to go out and buy $96 dollars worth of organization materials to spark joy in my own household.

Raleigh Blogger, Leigh Powell Hines is Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

I am basically married to the male version of Marie Kondo. Will has always been neat. In fact, the kids and I suffocate his joy with our clutter. Sometimes, the clutter gets to be too much in certain places and his face begins to resemble the angry face emoji. He's short with his words. He's grumpy and we all become stressed.

Will is a very organized person. Before we were married, his college friends would go put his toothbrush out of place when they visited him as a little something to remember them by after they departed.

Household Clutter Brings No Joy

Will, however, with his very organized way of thinking does not understand why I can't pick just one day a week to clean part of the house. I try, but to block four hours on one day to clean seems daunting and overwhelming to me. As much as I understand the "why behind why it should be done", the more difficult it is for a free-spirit like to me to stick with a cleaning schedule on a task I do not really want to do in the first place.

Clutter is a huge problem in Leigh's Kitchen. Leigh began KonMari in the Kitchen.

Yes, we all have responsibilities and must do things we do not want to do. It's not that I'm avoiding responsibility. The truth is I prefer to work on this blog and tackle the zillion to do things that need to be done on this website to have a successful blog than to tidy a house.

To put it frankly, my lack of structure and organization, the children's lack of tidying up have created frustration instead of joy in our house. But, Marie Kondo's method has caused me to see the light for improvement and days of joy ahead.

The KonMari way is very specific as to how one should tidy. You really should start with clothing, followed by books, papers, komono (items) and then finish with sentimental items.  You should not do it by location.

Before Tidying UP-The Pantry

However, the first rule to KonMari is to commit to tidying up.  I did that. Everything else I have done is backward.

The problem was that I did not want to devote every day to tidying up the house nor did I want to tackle clothing first which totally goes against the real KonMari method.  I had gone through clothes at the end of last year. I'm ready to fold them her way and tidy my children's rooms her way, but I knew I would fail and not commit if I started with clothing. I will get there, but I think for me, the commitment to tidy was a good start.

If you follow me on Instagram, I have a Tidying Up with Marie Kondo InstaStory series every Wednesday. I do a little bit of tidying at a time. I started with my kitchen. When you watch those InstaStories, you will see that it is work and it is not easy, and sometimes I stall. The one thing that has helped me is that I have committed to documenting the progress. The entire kitchen was done in four weeks. Really organized people could have done it a day. But, a little bit at a time helped me tackle with success, I think.

My Tidying Up has Sparked Joy in my Household and I want to Do More

My pantry was the biggest tidying up project for the kitchen, but the result has been amazing. I'm no longer buying the same items over and over again. The kids can find their snacks. An organized pantry has certainly caused joy.  I'm so proud of it that when neighbors come over, I make excuses for the clutter I have not gotten to yet on the main island we have that collects pencils, papers, mail and such, but I proudly show off my pantry.

After-Tidying Up-The Pantry

I organized drawers.  I also bought spice racks and created extra shelving for my mugs.  When we moved into this house in 2016, Will had organized the china, silverware and pots and pans very well. He has also cleaned out the pantry before, too, but honestly, it took me doing it to continue the desire to keep it organized.

The kitchen has been tidied and it is life changing. I'm now moving to the master bathroom.

Have you tried any of these methods? It may take me a year to get all of this done on my own time, but I think anything I do is a positive step for change and joy.

Sparking Joy in your Household via the KonMari Method. However, I'm doing it a little bit at a time. Will it still work? #Konmari #organization #decluttering

Disclosure: My time for writing this post is made possible by The Mair Agency, a Raleigh based Health Insurance Agency. Thank you to my sponsors for keeping me at my desk writing.


Skincare for Mature Skin: I found a Secret Weapon with this Natural Overnight Resurfacing Peel Cream (I don't Like It. I Love it)

In December, I turned fifty. I think that means my skin is officially called mature now.

Lifestyle/Travel  Blogger Leigh Hines in Raleigh, NC.
Photo by Turnkey Photography in Raleigh 

Skincare companies try to sell us daily on the perfect skincare regimen as most of us attempt to chase that fountain of youth. The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar industry with very little safety regulations.  Some of it harms us. Some of it does nothing for us. And, unfortunately, a lot of good skincare results has to do with our genes.

My mom is 83. She is a prime example of someone doing very little in terms of skincare and people are shocked when they learn her age. She was not a sunbather and we all know that is a good thing when it comes to aging. She drinks very little alcohol (only when she is with my children for any length of time) and buys very inexpensive drugstore skincare products. I hope I look as good at 83.

I, on the other hand, have always been a cosmetic and skincare junkie. At the age of 13, a Lancome gift set was on my Christmas list.  I take two baths a day and always use a facial cleanser. I never ever go to bed with make-up on my face and in my fifty years on this earth, I do not think there has been one day that I never washed my face. I even use my cleanser on days I apply no make-up.

I have also learned that if I am not hydrated enough then my skin looks terrible and it emphasizes lines and wrinkles.

I have tried product after product. I have even stopped using products regularly because I would wonder if the product was too pricey and then I would buy a cheaper product.  Sometimes, I truly benefitted from the cheaper product and sometimes, not. I do not want to do botox. It's not on my radar.

Natural product that keeps skin glowing

What may work well for me may not have the same results on you, but I have a list of four products that I love and now buy regularly. One is a new product I bought in December for myself. I gifted one to my sister-in-law, too. I've not talked to her yet to ask how she feels about Beautycounter's Overnight Resurfacing Peel, but I am a fan.

I use this resurfacing peel three to four times a week. After using it, you need to follow up with a moisturizer for the best benefit. It's not a peel that you take off. It seeps into your skin and I found that it helps with my skin's texture. I can certainly tell a difference on the mornings that I have used it the night before.  Again, it's not for daily use, but I do it several times a week.

Beautycounter Product

I love this skincare product. If you do not want to commit to a larger bottle, there is an overnight resurfacing peel travel size bottle at a more affordable price-point to get you started.  This is the size of the bottle I have currently and the size I bought my sister-in-law.

The other favorite products I love by Beautycounter and praise are the three facial oils.
The best for mature skin is the No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil, but I  love the No. 1 Brightening Oil. I tend to use these facial oils more as my daily and nightly moisturizer than I do actual moisturizers. The brightening oil is the product I prefer most. I've been using another Beautycounter serum in place of the brightening oil for about three months now because frankly, it was new and cheaper, but I plan to switch back to the original brightening oil.  I really miss it. It works better for me.  I also always keep the peppermint lip balm in stock.

Thanks to those who responded on my Instagram account who wanted to hear more about my skincare routine. If you have questions, you can contact me at any time.

This overnight resurfacing peel is a new beauty item that keeps skin glowing. Perfect for mature skin.

Disclosure: My time for writing this post is made possible by Flooring by Design, Durham, North  Carolina's local business for carpet cleaning. Thank you to my sponsors for keeping me at my desk writing.

I purchase Beautycounter at a consultant price point, which is at a discount over retail pricing. If you use my referral link to buy, I would earn commission. 


A Detox Soup for Cold Winter Days: Cabbage and Tomatoes Fat-Burning Soup

This is an older soup recipe that I published on the blog in 2014, but I felt it was time for a reboot, especially after coming off travels where I dined out many days in a row. I had delicious food recently while in Roanoke, Virginia, but I did not stick to the lower-carb diet that I've been committed to lately. I

I plan to make my version of this fat-burning soup as soon as I buy some cabbage and tomatoes at the store.  It will be perfect for lunches at home this week, especially since we are in a frigid temperature deep freeze in North Carolina. This cabbage soup recipe has been around a long time for weight loss, but I think it's just divine as a soup, and if you want a really good meal then add ground beef to it.  It's still low-carb and delicious.  

I've yet to find the time to give you an update on 20-pound weight loss journey and how I did it. I promise it is coming soon, but I need to have uninterrupted time to write.  Time has been a precious commodity lately. 

Fat Burning Soup with Cabbage and Tomatoes; Winter Detox Soup

This cabbage and tomato based soup is good because it's packed with so many wonderful veggies. Cabbage is such a low-cost item in the produce section as well. You can use fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes. Of course, in the winter months, canned tomatoes will be more cost-effective. 

Fat Burning Soup with Cabbage and Tomatoes; Winter Detox Soup

This soup is part of a rigid medical diet that you can follow for weight loss or you can just enjoy the soup like I do, but it does give your body a good detox.  The first time I ever made the soup, it banished water retention and I lost four pounds. That's great for coming off several days of eating restaurant food, but I do not think the seven-day diet is healthy. It was designed as a quick weight loss plan for overweight heart patients before surgery.   

Fat-Burning Soup with Shitake Mushrooms

I will more than likely make this soup in my Instant Pot this time.  I will also use bone broth, red pepper flakes and perhaps even toss in red cabbage. You can make this soup your own. Carrots could work, too, but they are a little higher in carbs so I think it depends on your purpose in making the soup. Right now, I just want to keep warm and get lots of vegetables.

Green Onions in Fat-Burning Soup

Basic Fat-Burning Soup with Cabbage and Tomatoes. 
(my version)

6 large green onions
2 large cans of tomatoes
1 large head of cabbage, chopped
1 bunch of celery
shitake mushrooms for flavoring
1 hot pepper
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1/4 inch of Kombu seaweed
Vegetable Broth or Bone Broth. I used organic
Spices for flavoring: Your choice. I used a red pepper sauce, thyme, oregano, etc. 

Saute veggies in olive oil. Add tomatoes. Cover with a combination of broth and water.  Boil for ten minutes. Season it with items of your choice.  

Quick and Easy Fat Burning Soup with Cabbage and Tomatoes

Disclosures: This post contains an Amazon affiliate link for the very Instant Pot I own and use. My writing and time to share this recipe were made possible by PowerTech Electrical Services, your go-to guys for emergency electrical work in Durham, N.C. Thank you!

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