Konmari

Clear your home, clear your life. Using the KonMari method to create lasting life changes

With 2019 underway our minds start to turn to that notion of a clean start to the year. As a proponent of the impact that our physical spaces have on our emotional and mental health, I am a huge fan of taking out of our lives that which no longer serves us.

Piles of stuff in our homes are one of the greatest stress triggers. Clutter can increase our cortisol level.  When we have a lot of clutter in our homes, it has the effect of distracting us from our bigger goals in life.  Unclutter your space and you can unclutter your life.

The KonMari method is a simple and effective way to banish clutter forever

The KonMari method focuses on discarding items. Kondo's theory is that the more you can get rid of, the easier it is to tidy up.

The method has two parts: discarding and organizing and discarding must be done first.

Determine if each item “sparks joy.” Rather than focusing solely on throwing things away, be sure to cherish what you love. Do this by taking each item in your hand and asking yourself “does this spark joy?” If yes, then it stays. If it does not spark joy, then discard.

Tidy by category, not location. In most households, items that fall into the same category are stored in multiple places. If you are tackling your clothes, then you must get all the clothes out of every closet and drawer in every room first. Start with tops first, then bottoms, and work from there.

Discard before you place things back. You must discard first. Don’t put anything away until everything you are going to discard is removed.

With the KonMari Method, you can get out from underneath your clutter once and for all. Here’s how:

  1. Tidy all at once. Tidying a bit at a time never works. Things will get messy again quickly. (All at once means allotting about 6 months to the project.)

  2. Visualize your destination. Before you throw things away, visualize your ideal lifestyle. Goals such as, “I want to live clutter free” or “I want to be able to put things away,” are too broad. You must think in concrete terms, such as: “I want to live like a Goddess, surrounded by peace and beauty.”

  3. Identify why you want to live the way you envision. For every answer ask yourself “why?” again. For example, if you want to live clutter free so you get a better night’s sleep, ask yourself, “Why do I want to sleep better?” Do this 3-5 times. When you find the answer to why you want to be tidy, you are ready to move on. 

  4. Determine if each item “sparks joy.” Rather than focusing solely on throwing things away, which Ms. Kondo acknowledges only brings unhappiness, be sure to cherish what you love. Do this by taking each item in your hand and asking yourself “does this spark joy?”.

  5. Tidy by category, not location. In most households, items that fall into the same category are stored in multiple places. If you are tackling your clothes, then you must get all the clothes out of every closet and drawer in every room first. Start with tops first, then bottoms, and work from there.

  6. Tidy in the right order. Ms. Kondo says that the following order is the way to tidy: Clothes, Books, Papers, and then Komono (miscellaneous.

  7. Discard before you place things back. You must discard first. Don’t put anything away until everything you are going to discard is removed.

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