Reviewing the Konmari Method for decluttering
Are you always having trouble organizing your home? Maybe you are the type that hurriedly cleans when you know you are having an unexpected guest?
Well, the solution is decluttering and in particular, using the konmari method for decluttering.
Organizing is a time-consuming task made worse by the fact that a lot of times we don’t have a place for something.
This is the point of why decluttering before organizing is essential to having an organized home. One way to declutter is by using the Konmari method.
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Marie Kondo outlines decluttering in great detail in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
The first step in reviewing the Konmari method is to declutter by getting rid of things. Marie Kondo says that you should only keep things that make you happy.
In her second book, she also discusses that you should only keep things that you need as well as the things that make you happy.
It’s a strange phenomena to think about when it comes to deciding what to get rid of, but certainly makes sense. Why would you want to keep stuff that doesn’t make you happy or is something you use?
The Konmari Method
The order to start your massive decluttering according to the Konmari method will be briefly described below. With each category, you will gather all of it together and then hold each item.
If it sparks joy or you need it, keep it! If it doesn’t, thank it and place it in a pile to throw away or donate.
For clothes, Marie Kondo suggests gathering ALL of your clothes into one big pile and go through each item to see if they spark joy.
I did order some bags from Thredup.com to send some of my clothes to be sold. One challenge I am having is with my maternity clothes as we are not quite sure whether we are going to have more children or not. For now… they are banished to the closet in the basement.
Here’s a look at my socks…yes I did the whole sock-potato style, but have since changed my ways.
Here is also a look at one of my dresser drawers with pants using the side comparison of the Konmari method for folding vs the way I usually did. WOWZA! One thing I will definitely note, using the Konmari method, you can fit a lot more pant’s in the drawer than by just foliding and stacking them on top of each other.
There are probably 2 types of people. Those that have large numbers of books, and then there are those who have a few books here and there (I am in the second type).
As with the clothes, you will want to gather all of your books into one place. Then, hold each book and see if it sparks joy for you.
Marie Kondo does suggest not opening the book up and reading as you might get distracted and lose sight of your end goal which is getting rid of things that don’t spark joy.
Books were another category that seemed rather easy to put the Konmari Method into practice as I already didn’t have many. Quite possibly my biggest hurdle was papers…and also mementos.
It’s important to note that for tax purposes, keeping papers for a minimum of 4 years is the best bet in the off-chance that you were to be audited.
Also, if you have sensitive information on papers (bank account numbers, SSN, passwords) or other information you don’t want to be possibly stolen, it is wise to shred these before throwing away.
It is important to store the papers you do keep in a way that you can find what you need easily. This can be done by labeling folders for specific categories of papers.
I have a bad problem about keeping papers. It has something to do with the fact that in the past I accidentally threw out a necessary paper for tax purposes and it took a great deal of time to retrieve a copy. Ever since then, I don’t like to throw away papers.
The miscellaneous would include things that you probably put in your junk drawer. They can be random things like screws, batteries, pencils, pens, cords, and other “miscelllaneous” items.
The miscellaneous category was tricky in that a lot of the miscellaneous things could have a use later on, but I did manage to weed some of these down using the konmari method.
Mementos are saved for last, because they are the hardest to give up. Marie Kondo discusses in her book that hopefully by the time you get to the mementos category, you have become a better decision-maker. These can include pictures, heirlooms, and gifts from loved ones.
Again, this was another thing I struggled with because mementos have sentimental value. I don’t like feeling like I let anyone down.
I really haven’t done much, but I do like Marie Kondo’s idea for photographs. She suggests picking a few photographs that can explain that moment in time, and getting rid of the rest.
Also, pictures that have no meaning like that of a flower/landscape can also be thrown away as they most likely have no sentimental value to you.
Again though, you keep what brings you joy.
When in doubt, scan the photo into your computer and you can always reference it later while also eliminating all the excess photos! (I’m not quite sure what Marie Kondo would think of this idea…but what the heck.)
All in all, the Konmari method is a time-consuming process but the results do speak volumes!
For the complete guide, I would strongly recommend you purchasing her book that can be found here on Amazon. Fair warning: there are a few quirky things in the book, but I overlooked those. 😉
Bringing this review to a close, I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book to any and everyone! Not only can it help you declutter your home so you can finally have peace of mind, it can also give you a better way to look at things.
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