KonMari –  an organising system taking the world by storm. 

Part II

Welcome back…

Last week we delved into the very organised world of Marie Kondo and explained that the basic premise of KonMari is to put your house in order forever, by…

  • De-cluttering by category
  • Piling every item from that category on the floor or table
  • Deciding if you should keep an item by asking Does it spark joy?

The Categories

  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Documents
  • Miscellaneous Items
  • Mementos

If you haven’t yet started your ‘purge’ we can tell you that once you begin, it becomes quite infectious, so go on, try it.

In Japan it’s considered to be good luck to keep your space tidy and clean.

Remember – The rule is to only keep the items you love, or that serve a useful purpose, and if you don’t love it or it doesn’t have a useful purpose, ‘thank it’ for its service and get rid of it. Why do you have to ‘thank it’ I hear you ask. Well Kondo’s reasoning is that it can be hard to let go of certain items sometimes, like the skirt your sister bought for you last Christmas, or the top you were wearing when hubby finally proposed. These can be hard things to get rid of, but if they don’t fit you or you know you’ll never wear it again, it has to go, and the way to make this easier is to ‘thank it’ kindly and then let it go. This makes the item much easier to say goodbye to, and you’ll always have the memory of it, plus a lot more space in your wardrobes. Again, makes sense.

Once you’ve finished the clothing category…

How to arrange your clothing on your wardrobe rails


Konmari Snip Blog May 16



Kondo then has a way to fold everything from t-shirts to plastic bags so that everything stands vertically and is visible. If you’re really getting into the whole Kondo craze, have a look at this too. But we may leave this for another time. Feeling another blog coming on.

After you’ve de-cluttered all the clothes in your home, it’s time to make a start on your books, and probably include magazines in this category too. Again deciding on what to keep rather than what to throw away (there is a difference). Then work your way through the categories, and Kondo is quite clear on the fact that you must ‘purge’ your home in this order only, because the clothing category will be the easiest, whilst the mementos category will be the hardest. So you start with the easy stuff, and by the time you get to the hard stuff, you’ll be a whizz at it.

If you want to know more about KonMari check out Marie Kondo’s very addictive little book, and let us know how you get on.


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