I had never heard of Marie Kondo until I happened to come across a mention of the KonMari method when I was reading something completely irrelevant on the internet. I discovered that people were raving about what an amazing book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying* was.
At first, I was a little sceptical. I wondered what decluttering method could possibly cause a great number of people to be so amazed at the results it provides. I presumed it would just be something similar to decluttering and organising methods I had heard about before. As it turns out, I couldn’t be more wrong.
The KonMari method is revolved around the idea that we should only have things in our home that ‘spark joy’ and that we truly love. This was an idea that immediately appealed to me. Surrounding myself with only things I love and getting rid of things I don’t actually like that much in my house sounded like a great idea. This was a new concept to me and I began to wonder why I had never heard of it before, as it just seemed to make so much sense. It was like a light bulb moment.
Marie advises that we often keep items because we are anxious about the future or because of an attachment to the past. I realised just how right she is when I began putting her method into practice. I had previously kept many items because I worried I would need to use them one day, which meant I didn’t want to risk getting rid of them.
Only the items that bring you joy should be kept, everything else should be thanked and discarded. Yes, you should thank items that you decide not to keep! This does sound a little wacky, but surprisingly, it works.
Instead of the usual approach of tidying room by room, Marie advises working in categories and in a specific order too.
The logic with this order is that clothing is the easiest category to sort through, which is why it is the first to tidy. Clothes should also be further divided into smaller categories e.g. tops, bottoms, shoes and so on. Items that have sentimental value should be left until last because they will be the hardest things to part with. The idea is that by the time you get to this category, you will be so used to the process that you will find it easier to sort through.
I can’t even begin to imagine just how many bagfuls of items have left my home since I started kondoing. I wish I could have taken a photo of all of the bags full of belongings I got rid of. I had to visit the charity shop so many times to give them all of my donations. I could have sold things instead, but I didn’t want to have so many bagfuls of items taking up room. It felt quite cathartic to keep taking it all out of the house. It also felt good to be able to give back in some way to a charity that does fantastic work.
Previously, I thought that I was good at getting rid of clutter. It turns out I had no idea of just how many items I was holding onto that didn’t make me happy or that I kept ‘just in case’, but that didn’t need to be kept at all. Since kondoing, I haven’t regretted getting rid of any of the items that I discarded. I also found that discarding things and getting them out of the house became quite addictive.
I’ve heard stories of people kondoing other things in their life after completing the KonMari process, even their partners! I’ve also heard of opportunities opening up for people when they have cleared out their clutter. I can completely understand how this can happen.
I would go as far as to say that completing the declutter has changed my life. That may sound rather ridiculous, but I have found that having so many less belongings and more space to be a lot less stressful. It’s now so much easier and quicker to clean the house and to keep it clean and tidy. Our home feels like such a nicer space to live in and much calmer.
I have written about how the KonMari method has influenced other areas of my life in the below post.
Marie advises that this will be the last declutter you will ever do and that you will no longer have to tidy every day. I still have to tidy daily, but this is pretty much because Dan has a habit of not putting things away in the right place. Even the KonMari method hasn’t worked to make him tidy! However, I don’t think I will ever need to have a big declutter ever again, which is a fabulous result.
The KonMari method has helped me to get rid of so much clutter. It truly has been life changing and I can’t recommend it enough.
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