Is your New Year’s Resolution to tidy up your house? Join the KonMari movement!
What the heck is that you ask? It is a method of tidying your home. You may have heard of the new Netflix series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. It seems like everybody and their dog are talking about it. Love it or hate it, it’s certainly a unique approach to cleaning up your clutter. It might be just what you need to reach that goal of organizing your home!
I knew Kondo when Kondo wasn’t cool…
Okay, really, I guess since Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up sold more than 2 million copies, it’s not like I’m the only one who’s heard of her, but I read both her books and did some tidying of my own last summer. (Her second book is called Spark Joy, and if you really want to geek out on her organizational methods, you’ll want to dive into this step by step instructional book…complete with pictures!)
The KonMari Method
If you’re not familiar, the KonMari Method goes like this:
- Discard the clutter. You don’t go from room to room cleaning. The first step in the KonMari Method is to discard the excess stuff in your house. But even then, you don’t go from room to room throwing things away. You pick one category, such as clothing. You gather up everything from the entire house from that one category, and place it in a pile.
- Now you’ve got a big pile of stuff, but before you start tossing out everything take a minute to visualize what you’d like the space to look like. What are your goals? How would you like to use the space you’re cleaning? With your vision firmly in place, you’re ready to toss…
- Now you’re ready to get rid of stuff! When you’re deciding what to get rid of, you need to hold the item in your hands and ask yourself the following questions:
- Is this functional? Is it broken or damaged? (Toss it!)
- Does the item that you are holding make you happy? “…take each item in one’s hand and ask: ‘Does this Spark Joy?’ If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.” “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.” (pg. 41-42 of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up)
- Lastly, find a home for the items that you’ve decided to keep. Everything has a designated spot in your home. Now that each of your belongings has a place to be, you home can stay tidy and organized.
According to the KonMari Method, these are the categories (and order) you should tidy up in:
- komono (this category is pretty much everything else in your house including electronics, makeup, household cleaners, kitchen utensils, food, etc.)
- sentimental things (photos, letters, etc.)
Inspiration to get you going…
Here are some fun pictures from around the web of people tackling their clutter. Maybe you can find some inspiration here.
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— Kaci✨ (@kaci_rachelle) January 7, 2019
Some people have a great sense of humor about the whole de-cluttering movement…
— Toula Drimonis (@ToulasTake) January 6, 2019
— melapoly (@Melapoly) January 5, 2019
— Kelsey 🤸♀️ (@kelseycrandell) January 7, 2019
Whether You Love It or Hate It…
Whether you love it or hate it, tidying your home is a great thing to do. Not only for your environment, but for your mind. There are numerous studies on how a tidy home benefits your stress level and overall health. (Read this article from Psychology Today- The Powerful Psychology Behind Cleanliness.)
If you’ve had trouble getting a handle on tidying up your home, give the KonMari method a chance! What do you have to lose?
Have you tried the Marie Kondo’s tidying method? What do you think?! Love it or hate it? Comment below and let’s talk about tidying!