If you’re like us then you’ve probably heard of the Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and have even binged the Netflix original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The KonMari Cleaning Method is based around the idea that your home should only be filled with items that “spark joy” in your life. Here are our major takeaways from her book and Netflix original and how Marie Kondo’s method can help you declutter.
Kondo recommends that you clean your home in a specific order. You should begin decluttering your clothing, then move on to books, papers, mementos and miscellaneous items. Miscellaneous items and mementos usually take longer to sort because of the sentimental value attached to them, so it is better to get bigger items out of the way, so you can feel motivated to continue decluttering.
The main theme behind the KonMarie Method is that you should only keep the items that “spark joy.” The way to tell if an item sparks joy is to hold each item one-by-one and listen to how your body and mind reacts to the item. Does it make you think of fun memories? Does it give you confidence? If so, then keep it. If it sparks nothing, get rid of it.
Kondo also recommends that when you declutter you shouldn’t repurpose items or save them for a rainy day. She believes that if you haven’t used the item already, then it will not come in handy later. Also, do not downgrade old clothing into pajamas or yard clothes. It is likely that you won’t wear them either.
After you have separated each item, it is time to dispose of the ones you don’t want. Kondo recommends donating each item to your favorite charity, so they can serve another purpose for someone else!
Once you are left with only the items you are keeping, make sure to fold each clothing item into a rectangle and vertically place them into the drawer, similar to a filing cabinet. This way, you will eliminate wrinkles, see everything you own and never purchase duplicates!