This week, I decided to check out a newer series on Netflix called, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Seeing the words, “tidying up” immediately caught my attention because while I’m certainly not at an OCD level of tidiness, I really like for my personal spaces to be neat, both and home and work. Marie Kondo is a decluttering guru, best selling author, and now Netflix star, having founded the KonMari Method, which aims to help people overhaul the way they think about and store their possessions. This is accomplished through thoughtful organization and tidying by category as opposed to location.
The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.
While my home is already fairly organized unlike most of the family’s featured on the show, I found Marie’s ethos and effervescent attitude infectious and I wanted to give it a try. So I did, albeit in smaller apartment version! Marie recommends tackling each category in a particular order, starting with clothes. As done in the show, I piled all of my clothing on my bed and went through one by one and decided whether or not the clothing item sparked joy for me. Those that didn’t, I thanked and put away in a plastic garbage bag. I do biannual closet purges, but was surprised to see that by the end, I had two and half bags full of clothing that didn’t spark joy for me anymore. My closet ended up looking way tidier and I was able to donate the bags of clothes to a Green City Project Dropbox in my neighborhood.
Next, I focused on Komono (miscellaneous in Japanese) items outside of the other categories including Clothing, Books, Papers, and Sentimental Items. Though my books, sentimental items and papers were mostly organized, I did also go through a few drawers, recycled a bunch of stuff I didn’t need, and organized some paper in a storage box. In terms of Komono, I had already organized my cosmetics and hair products in boxes (which is actually highly recommended by Marie), so I focused instead under my kitchen sink because it absolutely needed some help!
So, how did this trial go? Well, at the end of this exercise, I’m sitting relaxed in my chair feeling a better flow in my home. To me, the biggest difference was felt in the Clothing category. Because Marie has specific folding instructions that allows the item to stand up, I can now see what’s in my drawers as opposed to digging around making a huge mess. Check out some of her tips below!
I highly recommend looking watching Marie’s series and checking out her website. She’s such a positive individual and her method, which is fairly simple, truly works!
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