How to Organize like Marie Kondo
If you haven’t heard, there’s a new way to tidy up that’s sweeping the nation. The KonMari method, originated by Marie Kondo, is a minimalism-inspired approach to keeping a tidy home by tackling your stuff category-by-category rather than room-by-room. When following the KonMari method, there are a few basic rules for you to follow.
Tidy all at once
When tidying up, we tend to go room-by-room, spanning over a long period of time. Instead, devote an entire day or weekend to tidying. Tidying only one room at a time over an extended period of time will lead to your home just getting messy again quickly.
Know where you want to be
Create concrete goals instead of vague ones. Just telling yourself that you want to live in a clean home is not enough. Instead, visualize what your ideal lifestyle. (FINISH)
Determine if the item “sparks joy”
Having products that you can’t stand only generates negative emotions. You don’t want to look around your house and see things that only bring negativity. While tidying, pick up each item, touch it, and ask yourself if it brings you joy. If not, set it aside to donate or get rid of. It is necessary with the KonMari method to feel each of these items and use your emotions to make the decision about whether you are going to keep the item or not.
Tidy by category, not location
Not everyone keeps the same items in the same location. In fact, most people don’t! For example, you may store clothes in your closet, a dresser, and in bins under your bed. Instead of just cleaning out your closet and then moving on to other areas, take all (yes all!) of your clothing out and go through each piece to decide whether it brings joy and if you’ll still use it.
Tidy in order
Marie Kondo has an ideal order in which you should tidy up. This order is:
- Miscellaneous items
- Sentimental items
This whole method is about discarding items that don’t add value to your life. The intention of the KonMari method is to end up with a clutter-free home that brings joy to your life.