A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever!
First published in Japan in 2010 with the title Jinsei Ga Tokimeku Katazuke No Maho by Sunmark Publishing, Inc., Tokyo, Japan.
Marie Kondo is a Japan expert declutterer and professional cleaner. KonMari is her nickname and it is how she named her method of tidying — the KonMari Method. The motto of this method is basically this:
If it does not spark joy, discard it.
The KonMari method in not about having a set of rules, it’s about acquiring the right mindset and becoming a tidy person. It will show you how to tidy effectively.
When you put your house in order, your furniture and decorations come to life.
THE ULTIMATE SECRET OF SUCCESS: If you tidy up in one go, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mindset. This is the key to preventing a rebound.
Anyone who experiences this process will vow never to revert to clutter again – how true! My way of thinking and tidying has completely changed!
Once you put your house in order, you have no place to hide your feelings. This is very important for one’s growth and it may seem impossible, but it has been proven that people do change their lives once they learn how to tidy properly and make space in their home! I can personally confirm that it truly is working, my mind is much clearer, I can breathe better because there is a lot less clutter in the house, and I have more space for thinking and creating!
Tidy by category, not by location.
There are 5 main categories:
- Clothing – tops, bottoms, should be hung, socks, underwear, handbags, extra items, specific events, shoes
- Books – general, practical, visual, magazines
- Papers – currently in use, papers to be saved, deal with
- Miscellaneous – CDs/DVDs, skincare products, make-up, accessories, valuables, electrical equipment and appliances, household equipment, household supplies, kitchen goods/food supplies, other
- Sentimental – letters, photos, diaries, gifts
Discard first, store later! That is how you want to start – discarding things. You do this by gathering everything from each category together – one category at a time – you take every item by hand and ask yourself “Does this spark joy?”. If not, throw it away.
You are supposed to designate a place for each thing and return it to where it belongs after each use.
I cannot recommend reading this book highly enough! It has completely changed the way I look at our home and each thing in my life when I was only half way through the book. It teaches you how to tidy, fold clothes properly (and save space!), store things, be grateful in a whole new way etc. It will change your perspective and makes your life much better.
Although, this is not a weightloss book, people did lose weight because of it. Because they learned how to make their home a much better place and they created space for discovering their feelings, desires — once we tidy our living space, we suddenly start seeing other things! There is simply no place to hide anymore! And that’s what I love about this book and KonMari Method. Well done, Marie, love it!
Try it, you will not regret it!