If you haven’t heard about the latest and, in our opinion, greatest new method in organizing and removing of clutter in your home-let us tell you! Its called the Konmari Method and was developed by best-selling book author Marie Kondo. Her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is a guide to decluttering your home and finding things that bring you joy. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. If you get the chance, we encourage you to read the book, however, below are our favorite takeaways from the book.
Let It Go
Start with your clothes, for example. Do you have a tendency to reorganize and move around items that you hardly ever wear or haven’t worn in years? Kondo’s advice is to LET IT GO. This method can apply to some many areas of our home where there is clutter. Free up space in your home and your life to let more meaningful, relatable things, people and ideas-in.
Keep all the things that bring JOY
Contrary to above, in regards to purging all the things you don’t use or haven’t touched. Kondo believes you SHOULD keep anything that brings you joy. Using the same example from the previous paragraph in regards to clothes. IF a certain piece of clothing is just hanging in the closet or in a drawer, never getting any wear-BUT it brings you significant joy, keep it. Maybe its the memory of the last time it was worn, or it was a very special gift-maybe a memento from a trip or experience. Whatever sparks the joy, keep all the THINGS that bring you joy. Remove the rest.
Folding and Storage
The Konmari Method teaches us how to fold and stack clothes for easy storage. Using a vertical folding technique and a completed rectangle shape, once placed in drawers, the clothes stand up, allowing you to see everything in our drawer at one time.
A Place For All Things
Tackle one category at a time. Pull out all of the items in that category and spread them out on the floor. Create subcategories or groups and decide where and how you are going to put these things away. The idea is everything should have a place to go in your home. Once complete, everything has a place and there is a place for everything.
Here are 6 basic rules for the Konmari method
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first.
- Tidy by category, not by location.
- Follow the right order (clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous items, sentimental items).
- Ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?”
The Konmari Method can help you turn your home into a joyful sanctuary, allowing more for more peace and clarity in your everyday life.