The KonMari method promises that you’ll never need to declutter your home again. Marie Kondo documents how to carry out the method in her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying.
This method is revolved around the idea that we should only have things in our home that ‘spark joy’ and that we truly love.
Kondo advises that we often keep items because we are anxious about the future or because of an attachment to the past. 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, Kondo advises working in categories and in a specific order too:
- Sentimental items
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.
Completing a KonMari declutter is actually pretty life-changing – the result is less belongings and more space which creates a calmer home that’s easier to keep clean and tidy.
Kondo advises that this will be the last declutter you will ever do and that you will no longer have to tidy every day.