Over the course of our lives, we inevitably get attached to things. It could be clothes, shoes, books, cutlery, furniture or accessories that we love. In the long run, we end up having lots of items that congest our homes and our minds, as a result. When your house becomes to cluttered, you may find yourself postponing tidying up (It’s only natural). After all nobody likes organising a house that is too congested. KonMari method comes to your aid.
KonMari is a method of decluttering your home, developed by Japanese tidying expert and author of the bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; Marie Kondo. Marie came up with KonMari as she tried to declutter her own home. She has since established a loyal following to her methods and even stars in her own Netflix Original show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
The KonMari approach to decluttering a home has gained popularity due to the fact that the approach puts emphasis on discarding items that lack value prior to tidying up. The most universal way of tidying a home involves tidying up one room at a time until the entire house is, well, tidy. The problem with this is, it only takes care of optics. Your stuff end up neatly arranged, but your home remains cluttered. Kondo offers an alternative approach; sort your belongings category by category, not room by room.
The idea is to end up with a minimalistic home at the end of tidying up. First off, you need to commit yourself to tidying up. It is not going to be an easy task. So set a date, rise early and have an uplifting playlist standby. Then, create a checklist of categories of items that seem to have set up shop in your home. Kondo gives us five categories; books, clothes, papers, miscellaneous and sentimental items.
Do declutter your home, you need to discard quite a number of the items in each category. The trick is to get rid of all items in each category that you no longer use. This means removing all your clothes from the closet,or books from the bookshelf. To determine the cut, assess each item while considering if it ‘sparks joy’. If you find yourself getting biased, switch the game by determining how frequently you use each item. Marie advises that you completely exhaust one category before moving to the next.
At the end of sorting your stuff, you are left with a smaller pile of what goes back into its place. This allows you to visualize how you want your ‘new life’ to be. It also provides insight on how best to arrange the stuff. Ideally, you end up tidying your home in a manner that is convenient, effective and less stressful for the next time you wish to do some cleaning up. Ultimately, a decluttered home is the pot of gold at the end of the exercise.
The KonMari method is effective even for folks looking for new apartments for rent, as you end up moving into your new home with only the items that spark joy in your life. Make a lifestyle of applying KonMari in all your tidying, and live an organized, stress free and decluttered life!