If you follow me for a while, you know I recently flew through “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. The KonMari method, as its known, is currently one of the most popular ways to de-clutter your home.
I’m just now starting to try her methods…we’ll see how it goes! So far, I have already gotten rid of about 10 garbage bags full of stuff just this week.
What is the KonMari method in a nutshell?
In a nutshell, the KonMari method is a decluttering and organizing method that involves:
- Evaluating each of your possessions to determine whether it sparks joy.
- Letting go of items that do not spark joy.
- Creating a space for everything and organizing by category, rather than location.
- Creating a visually pleasing and calm environment that promotes well-being.
What are the 5 steps of the KonMari method?
The KonMari method has five basic steps:
- Commit to tidying up: This involves making the decision to tidy up and creating a vision for your home and how you want to feel in it.
- Follow the right order: Kondo recommends starting with categories that are easy to let go of and working your way up to the harder ones. The suggested order is: clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items.
- Discard first: This is the process of going through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to let go of. To achieve this, she suggests to only keep what “sparks joy” in you.
- Tidy by category, not by location: This involves organizing your belongings by category (e.g., clothes, books, papers), rather than by location (e.g., bedroom, living room).
- Don’t do it in stages. Just do it in one go.
How long does the KonMari method take?
This, as everything else, is going to depend on several factors like the size of your house and the amount of belongings, of course. Some people are able to complete the process in a matter of days, while others may take weeks or even months, depending on their circumstances.
It’s important to be patient and not to rush through the process, as the goal is to create a lasting sense of order and calm in your home. It’s also important to remember that tidying is just one aspect of the KonMari method.
The real goal is to create a sense of joy and well-being in your life, and that takes time and effort to cultivate.
5 Ways to Implement the KonMari Method in Your Home
Here are a few ways to begin implementing the KonMari method in your home!
The KonMari checklist is a list of categories used to guide you through the process of decluttering and organizing your home using the KonMari method. The categories are:
- Miscellaneous items (e.g., kitchen, bathroom, garage)
- Sentimental items
The idea is to go through each category and decide what to keep and what to let go of, based on the principle of whether it brings you joy. The KonMari checklist is meant to be followed in the suggested order, starting with clothes and working your way up to sentimentalimenal items. By following this order, you’ll be able to tackle the easier categories first and build momentum as you go.
Some people find it helpful to create a sub-list for each category, listing out specific items that they need to go through. This can help to make the process more manageable and ensure that you don’t overlook anything.
It might seem overwhelming at first, but Jessica at Jersha & Dup has created this organized and FREE printable checklist to make things easier!
Plus, it’s color-coded for easy implementation!
Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog has one of the most detailed posts I have seen on how to organize and declutter your clothes.
This can be such a huge task! But don’t worry, there are plenty of photos and instructions to help you through the process!
Is your bathroom vanity overflowing with makeup, skin care products, and other random bath products?
Can’t find toothpaste when you need it, even though you know you bought three tubes when it was on sale?
This post from Alex at Life on a Canadian Island is a great aid in cleaning out your beauty products!
Who better to help organize your books than a real librarian?!
This post on My Love for Words gives some great tips for scaling down your home library and organizing your book collection into neat and tidy categories.
Are toys overrunning your home? Here are the secrets from Mari Kondo herself to keep toys tidy.
‘With three young kids, it can be tough to keep the entire home tidy 24/7,’ Marie begins. ‘My children’s toys seem to quickly become scattered throughout the whole house on a daily basis.’ So what does the expert suggest?
Just for fun, I thought I’d share some cute illustrations I came across from Juju Sprinkles demonstrating the KonMari method.
Does KonMari really work?
Many people who have tried the KonMari Method report that it has helped them declutter and simplify their lives, and that the process of deciding what to keep and what to let go of can be very therapeutic. Some critics, however, have argued that the KonMari Method can be overly prescriptive and may not work for everyone.
Overall, it seems that the general consensus is that the KonMari Method can be a helpful tool for some people, but it may not be the right fit for everyone.
What does ‘spark joy’ actually mean?
In the KonMari Method, the idea of “sparking joy” refers to the feeling of happiness and contentment that you experience when you hold or use an item. According to Marie Kondo, the goal of the KonMari Method is to surround yourself with things that bring you joy, and to let go of items that do not. When deciding whether to keep or discard an item, Kondo recommends holding it in your hands and considering whether it brings you joy. If it does, you should keep it. If it does not, you should thank it for its service and let it go.
The idea of “sparking joy” is meant to be a personal and subjective measure, and what brings joy to one person may not bring joy to another. The idea is to focus on your own feelings and to choose items that bring you happiness and make you feel good, rather than focusing on external factors such as an item’s price or sentimental value.
Have you tried the KonMari method? Any tips you’d like to share?
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