I look in my closet, and no matter how many times I go through it and reorganize, I get this lump in my throat. Half of the items I don’t wear because they are from my “office” days, other items I continue to hold on to because I feel like I need to. What is this KonMari Method I hear about so often?
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I’ve decided that I can’t do this any longer, hence my recent purchase and reading of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I remember when the book first came out – it was all over the news and Marie Kondo was on talk show after talk show illustrating her art of decluttering and organizing. I thought it was a little silly to have to hold a tank top in my hand, and then see if it “sparks joy”. If it doesn’t it should be donated. Then, I thought about the concept and it made a lot of sense.
There’s so much more to her strategy than just finding the “spark”. There is a method to her not-so-maddening “madness”.
As you can tell, I wanted to remember a lot of the things I read!
The first comment that really rang true with me was
People have trouble discarding things that they could still use (functional value), that contain helpful information (informational value), and that have sentimental ties (emotional value). When these things are hard to obtain or replace (rarity), they become even harder to part with.
This is what I struggle with, as does a large majority of people I know. If you could see the bins of greeting cards that we’ve received over the years…
Marie offers a hierarchy of what categories of belongings to go through first, then second, and so on.
- Komono (a Japanese term meaning miscellaneous)
Komono includes things such as makeup, skin care products, any accessories, household supplies, and more.
I agree with the importance of starting early in the morning, when you have a clear mind. If I don’t start first thing in the morning, I am sure to be distracted by millions of little things and probably won’t start at all.
Kondo’s subcategories within each main category, the interesting way with which she folds the clothing (standing up, so as not to crush anything and her particular way of folding socks), and her reasoning as to why clutter forms
Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.
all make total sense. She is so rational and actually quite realistic in her approach.
There were some facets of the KonMari Method that I didn’t necessarily agree with, such as not leaving your body and hair care items in the shower. She recommends taking them out after each shower. If I did that, I would most definitely forget one item – and realize such when I am already in the shower and soaking wet.
I do, however, agree with her philosophy when it comes to organizing papers. They are either papers to be saved or papers to deal with now. That is so simple and once put into effect in our house, has removed a lot of random letters, coupons, postcards and more from the countertops and files.
I highly recommend reading this book if you are ready to take control of your home again (and your closet in my case!) I’m on to her next book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Stay tuned for that review and hopefully beautiful photos of my uncluttered home!
*I purchased this book and the opinions in this post are 100% my own!