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Are you familiar with Marie Kondo? How about the show Tidying Up on Netflix? If so, you most likely know what the KonMari method is! If you haven’t until now, join the club!! Apparently it’s been in existence for years now but I’ve only been recently introduced to it.
The first time I ever heard / saw it was maybe two or three weeks ago while I was having my lunch break at work and I was watching Strahan and Sara on TV. They introduced a woman to the show by the name of Marie Kondo, a lovely Japanese woman who was supposedly the master of tidying up and organizing things. The way she went about organizing and determining what went vs what stayed was really intriguing and somewhat magical. Cleaning and organizing can be pretty boring (to me anyway) but watching her go about it made it seem really fun! Ever since then, I’ve been seeing her pop up in most, if not all my social media feeds and figured to look into it a little further.
Organization isn’t new to us – some of us are better at this than others, but this post is not intended for pointing fingers at others! How many of you need to declutter and organize things in your life? The KonMari method might help you do just that!
Who Is Marie Kondo?
First of all, who is Marie Kondo? Marie Kondo is a tidying expert and the bestselling author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“, which has now been published in over 30 countries. Furthermore she is the founder of KonMari Media, Inc. She was born and raised in Japan but now lives in Los Angeles, California and still continues her business of being an organization consultant, a business that she started since she was 19 years old while attending college! You can look up the KonMari method and you’ll find a lot of YouTube videos of how people have managed to really tidy up their house using this method, which is spectacular!
The KonMari Method
There is so much more to the KonMari Method than just cleaning and organizing – a lot of thought and emotion goes into it, and Kondo believes it can help you accomplish other things such as lose weight and more. There are many other things that Kondo did during the process of helping her clients tackle their clutter.
Upon entering a house, she would sit on the floor in the middle of the room and greet the space. Our household items are important in what they do, and Kondo believes we ought to thank them for their service and any lessons they may have taught us (like maybe thank the blue shirt for teaching you that blue isn’t actually your favorite color because of it?). She also wants you to override the reasoning to keep an item because a magazine, TV show, or a certain celebrity says that it makes your space look good, but wants you to keep items on your own terms – because YOU want it and it makes you happy!
By summary, this method has 6 rules:
1. Commit yourself to tidying up
This includes discarding things, not just organizing all that you currently own. Kondo states that this event should be a “special event”, and should be done in one go, not little by little, as if to commit to never continue in that old lifestyle again!
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle
You are asked to imagine yourself and what you wish to do, and break down that wish by thinking why you want to do it.
3. Finish discarding first
Discarding should be done before any organizing takes place.
4. Tidy by category, not location
Some if not most people organize things room by room. However, Marie suggests that you clean up by category, such as tidying up your electronics or clothes, regardless of where it is. Start from your drawer or cabinet, then to the storage closets in the hallway, then the clothes in the boxes in the basement, and so forth. Similar items should be stored together and not scattered about throughout the house. Stacks of anything should be avoided!
5. Follow the right order
Supposedly, there is an order you must follow – clothes, then books, papers, miscellaneous, and mementos.
6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy
I found this rule the most interesting out of all. It was even more interesting to watch how she did it on TV because this was by no means a step you can just skip or do quickly! Marie wants you to hold that item, whether it be a clock or an old piece of jewelry, or sit on a piece of old furniture, and ponder over how it makes you feel. Do you feel happy and content? Do you feel sad or pained? If it doesn’t spark that joy, toss it out! She suggests that you carry out a dialogue with your house and the household items themselves as you tidy up.
These are just the basics, or a small preview of what the KonMari Method is. Kondo gives us more detailed information in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, as well as her follow-up book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, which is a book of illustrations of how to fold various items, from shirts to socks, as well as drawings of organized drawers and closets.
What do you think of the KonMari Method? Leave your thoughts below! ♡