I was a trendsetter before it was cool, I usually find out things to try first. I then dive headfirst into them and never look back. The same thing with this, we were drowning in our own stuff at the house and in our lives. There had to be a way out, a better way, a lasting way. Back on November 12, 2015, I got my copy of this little book, two years later I still feel all Zen-like about my house and belongings.
As the new year, there are lots of blog posts out there about how to declutter your home. I would like to recommend the KonMari way. I did it and I have never looked back. Honestly, it takes me 3 hours a week to clean my house, in sections, and that includes the mopping and dusting and even the deep cleaning. My house and life only has the things that I need and bring me joy. This goes for my husband and kids too. In our house we each have a closet, with a shelf or two. We don’t have winter clothes stored in other places, they are there with our everyday and summer clothes. We don’t have dressers in our house anymore either, we use the shelves in the closets and baskets/boxes. It really is an easy system when you get the hang of it
Read the Book
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, and I do mean next level. I have never thanked my socks for doing their job, I do now. I show my clothes more respect than I ever had and they seem to be lasting longer.
The book promises that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.I can say that this is a true statement as I started this journey back in 2015 and my house is still in that blissful state 90% of the time. That other 10% I only let it go for so long before I am fixing and correcting things to the order it should be.
Whereas most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, the KonMari Method’s category-by-category, all-at-once prescription leads to lasting results. This took some getting used to. It was strange to gather all my clothing at once, pile it in a huge pile and go through and touch each piece and ask if it brought joy. There was some questionable underwear that I did say goodbye to, literally said goodbye and thanked it for it service.
I think in all it took me 6 weeks to fully KonMari my house. Now every time I pick up something and it doesn’t spark joy, it goes on its merry way. I do a twice a year inventory of my joyful things just to keep things from sneaking back in.
Is it magic?
Clients have been repeat customers (and she still has a three-month waiting list of new customers!). With detailed guidance for every type of item in the household, this quirky little manual from Japan’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help readers clear their clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home–and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
You do have to commit yourself to doing this process all at once. The process is simple you pick up the item in both hands and ask “Does this spark joy in my life?” You have to finish discarding in each category before moving on. Neat does not equal decluttered. You go category by category NOT room by room. You need to do this process the correct way or it will not work or stick. Plus you have to go in order, this is a process of going to the least attached items to the most attached items. I am sorry if you are REALLY attached to those socks with the hole in the toe, but they are the first to go.
- Does it spark joy?
- Is it necessary?
- Does it work?
- Does it have a place to live?
Yes~ Keep and put in its designated place.
No~ Be thankful/thank your item for all its done for you and let it go. Discard/Pay the Joy forward to someone else. honestly, I thought this was the craziest part of the whole process but I was committed to doing this 100% or not at all.
Sort by category……… NOT by room. Each category has many subcategories. This is a one go shot, we not doing this little by little. This is whole enchilada in one shot. Sort the categories on a sliding scale of emotional attachment.
Fold the clothes you are keeping. Yeah, there is a whole new system for folding your clothes now too. But let me say it works and you have way more room when you start folding your clothes in this Japanese origami style of folding.
Organize the category/items only after the complete process of sorting is finished.
- Your house should be a joyful place and everything around you should reflect that.
- Don’t save things you don’t like – Why would you?
- Don’t save gifts you don’t like. It is ok to pay it forward once the act of you receiving the gift is done.
- Guilt is in your head, not the object.
- Don’t save broken things, you won’t get around to mending them.
- Don’t save things “just in case”, unless you are absolutely sure you’ll use them. (and the “Does it spark joy” rule applies tenfold on these)
- Remember you are learning to surround yourself with joy and to enjoy the things your love.
- Don’t grieve for the things you let go.
- appreciate the joy they once gave you and be thankful for that
- you need to make room for joy
- it’s infectious and has a tendency to spread
- It’s ok to let go! The thrill of joy awaits!
I want to become a KonMari consultant but she only does training in San Francisco, CA and it costs a fortune. It costs $2,000 just for the seminar, then the flight and room, and food. We live on one paycheck, and paycheck to paycheck. I am not against helping anyone that comes to me and ask for help. I have 3 friends that have completed the process after I did and posted about it on Facebook. Please if you would like help, please reach out to me.
I will be back tomorrow with how our process went!
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