If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo by now, we would be very surprised. Based on her best-selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, Netflix series Tidying up with Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm and has us rolling our clothes into perfectly sized boxes and eliminating belongings that don’t ‘spark joy’.
The KonMari method is a minimalist approach to living, which encourages functionality in the home and makes living spaces more enjoyable to be in. Sounds good, right? This lighter and more simple way of living also comes with the perk of improving relationships, allowing for a more present mindset and hence fostering quality time with loved ones at home.
I’m sure we can all agree that a clean home equates to a clear mind, however our emotional attachment can overwhelm when it comes to tidying, decluttering and organising our items and can be daunting, often making it difficult to ‘get out of our own way’ in order to get the job done.
34 year old Japanese ‘organising consultant’ Marie Kondo introduces the fundamentals of her tidying method and encourages us to have a greater sense of gratitude for our belongings, thanking each and every one for serving their purpose while they were in our lives.
Feeling inspired? Here are our top four key messages from the KonMari method to help combat clutter, bringing organisation to your home – and keeping it that way!
Asking: ‘does this item spark joy’?
Asking ‘does it spark joy’ when you hold each of your possessions is a different approach in comparison to the more commonly asked questions, such as ‘is it in good condition?’ and ‘will it be used again?’. Kondo suggests that thanking each of our unwanted items before we let them go makes parting easier.
Free up space for the things you love
It’s no secret that almost all of us are guilty of having too much. Discarding items that no longer ‘spark joy’ creates space, making it easier to tidy up and treasure your favourite belongings.
Tidy by category, not location
Most people will approach tidying by area, not location. For example, you might start tidying your drawers – only to find your clothes stored in your wardrobe, your drawers, under your bed and in the spare room. Start by tidying your clothes first.
Marie is so methodical in her approach, she even has an order to which things should ideally be sorted; clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous and sentimental items, respectively.
Change your mindset
While the KonMari method refers to the tidying and organisation of physical items, Marie says that the mindset required is one that allows a long-lasting approach to minimising clutter. Staying on top of things, rather than accumulating and doing huge sorting missions once a year or every few months.
Ready to tackle the clutter, take control of organisation and showcase your most prized ‘joy-sparking’ possessions in your home? Thanks to the KonMari method – you’ll know exactly how and where to get started![Image credit: people.com]