KonMari – Is an organising system taking the world by storm.
Marie Kondo is quite the celebrity in her native Japan. She’s a decluttering guru, and has been a decluttering fanatic since she was just five years old. She is also the author of ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying ’ which has sold over 2 million copies and is on the New York Times Bestseller list. On Amazon there are over 800 reviews for this book and 71% of them give it 5 stars. Wow!
Using Kondo’s suggestions and methods to declutter their entire homes, people have reported, as well as a feeling of well-being, but also that they are achieving better relationships, weight loss and increased sales in their businesses. Marie Kondo suggests that dramatically reorganising our homes can bring about dramatic and positive life-transforming changes in our lifestyle and perspectives. Now we can’t tell you that you will definitely achieve dramatic changes in your life by decluttering and tidying-up alone, but what have you got to lose.
So what’s it all about then? Well, we love great organisation tips, so we were intrigued, a book about tidying-up, surely that’s a ‘boring’ book. But its not, we think Marie makes a lot of interesting points, and although some things that she suggests you try are a little outrageous, but other suggestions, do make you think that she just might be on to something here.
The key thing to remember, is to decide what to keep rather than what to throw away.
Firstly, Kondo suggests that instead of tackling the tidying and decluttering of our homes, room by room, we do it by category, and the first category on the list is clothing, all clothing. Make a big pile on the floor of every item of clothing you own, not just the clothes in your wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, but your clothing from all around the house. When you’ve made a nice big pile, you next pick up each item individually (this is called ‘the purge’) and hold it in both hands, and the trick is to notice how you feel about that particular item, and in Marie’s words, does it spark joy. Is it a much loved top that you’ve worn every week for the last 3 years? Is it a pretty blouse that you keep only for special occasions? How does that item make you feel? Do you love it? Is it ‘sparking joy’ for you? If it is keep it, if it’s not then let it go.
Keep going with this until you’ve got through the entire pile, it will be so liberating, and what you’ll end up with, apart from much more space in your wardrobes and drawers, is a really great feeling when you do open those doors, because you’re surrounded by clothes that you love and make you feel happy. Makes sense doesn’t it?
Now not everything you own will ‘spark joy’ of course, so you can also ask the question ‘Is it useful?’ For example a pair of kitchen scissors won’t make your heart sing, but they are very, very useful, so keep them.
Kondo says ’When you’ve finished putting your house in order, your life will change dramatically’.
In Part two next week we’ll look at a few more of Marie Kondo’s suggestions and tips for organising and decluttering your home, including some ideas which are a little more unusual.
In the meantime, if you need storage solutions for helping you to organise your home, do get in touch.