I Tried The KonMari Method

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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8 thoughts on “I Tried The KonMari Method”

  1. Omg! My life in a phrase! I learned these lessons long ago not because it was forced on me but because I had to because it allowed me freedom of choice, common sense & simple sleep patterns. ( all of which are required as basic life skills.)

    Megaroo- living life in an organized manner (not to an extreme) will help you achieve all you wish will happen. People are drawn to it. Sit back & let it happen. No forced outcome.

    I love you Al

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  2. I love the KonMari method. I read her book (I highly recommend it) before moving to Denver to help me fit my life into a CRV, and after 3.5 years a lot of her advice has stuck with me. It sounds like overkill, but her clothing folding method is life changing. I love having everything upright so you can see it.

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  3. I am in the process of completing the Konmari method for my house. Trying to get the family involved was a chore at first, but I think the hubby is starting to see how it could really benefit all of us, not just my anxiety. I love that each person is responsible for their own belongings (I’m like the lady in the Donwsizing episode). Seeing other people’s finished projects inspires me to keep going. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I love that! I can imagine how much more complex it is to do this process with family; I’m just by myself and have autonomous control of my space. Good for you; you should be so proud of your efforts!!

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