It feels like every blog and lifestyle site I follow these days is talking about Marie Kondo.
But who the eff is Marie Kondo?
Marie Kondo is a cleaning consultant (woah, hello. Sign me up), who has a three month waiting list. She is the best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and most recently, Spark Joy. Both of which highlight the KonMari Method for “simplifying, organizing and storing” objects that “spark joy”. Kondo has been organiing and tidying since she was a small child and in 2015 her approach to decluttering landed her a spot on the Time’s “Most Influential People” list.
Ok, She’s a big deal.
What can I learn from Marie Kondo?
I like to think I am an organized person. Everything has “place,” but those things don’t always stay in said places. I also am known to hold onto things: like fraternity t-shirts or the dress I wore to a sophomore date party and every card/note I have ever received. So what can I learn from the KonMari method and am I ready to say goodbye to the things that only kinda “spark joy”?
- Visualize that way you want to live – (“I want to live surrounded by a space that looks like an Urban Outfitters ad”)
- Hold every item and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” If the answer isn’t emphatically yes, toss.
- Purge your closet. Get rid of things that you haven’t worn in the last 6 months. Hangers should be facing the same way and have space in between them.
- Discard by category, not location. Kondo recommends starting with clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items and finally sentimental items
- Spread everything out on the floor so you can see just how much you have
- Recycle old papers and toss old books (gasp)
- Store/Fold things vertically – even socks and underwear
- Sort by color
- Use small boxes to make large spaces, like bathrooms and kitchens, more manageable
- Just because it is safely hidden behind doors, doesn’t mean it is free from KonMari
- Declutter your bedroom to make it as soothing and intimate as possible
- Discard THEN organize
- It’s going to get worse before it gets better
It is quite clear that Kondo and her followers are onto something here. But will the KonMari method work for me and my busy cluttered lifestyle? To be honest, I am not sure I have the dedication and determination to execute such an efficient purge, but I am sure gonna try.
Help a sister out. What are you favorite tidying tricks?