The pandemic situation in the entire world gave many people more chances to stay at home and, on top of that, allowed them and their families to take some time to declutter their belongings. We could see the true picture at home and because of busy days, many people could not see that many things need to be done at home. Some of us took the chance of going minimalist.
But what matters in deciding to clean up space is that feeling of tidying up with the determination to finish the task as soon as possible, to have that sense of inner peace. And this is what Marie Kondo’s Method is all about—to get rid of things that are no longer needed and keep things in order and organized. Be sure to get those bedroom, garage, and kitchen storage containers ready, because in this article, you’ll learn Marie Kondo tips to help you in decluttering and organizing your home effectively!
Background of Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo is the person behind the KonMari Method of decluttering. Let us get to know some things about her background first. KonMari is a famous Japanese author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (which sold millions of copies all over the globe), TV Show Host, and organizer consultant. During her childhood years, she was so into organizing her things. Even in school, while her classmates were playing, KonMari was too busy fixing and organizing bookshelves. She was not too interested to be a class leader because what she wanted to do the most was to be the bookshelf manager. And from there, she realized her mistake which we quote, “I was only looking for things to throw out. What I should do is finding the things I want to keep. Identifying the things that make you happy: that is the work of tidying.”
The KonMari Method
This is a known method of decluttering and organizing things which consist of assembling all of your possessions not by location, but by one category at a time, and keeping in possession those only that “spark joy”. She also stated that the KonMari Method is inspired by Shintoism where one of the spiritual practices is to organize and clean things properly because this is in connection with the right way to love and the spiritual divinity of things. Marie Kondo emphasized that for you to organize, you must be determined to dispose of things that you feel can no longer spark joy completely and quickly. Besides that, must find a specific place at home for each item and make sure that it stays there permanently. Not only will organizing and decluttering things make way for a spacious home, but it will also attract peace because you no longer have to worry about a lot of stuff.
What are some of the Marie Kondo Tips Where We Can Start?
Have a Fixed Mind of Tidying Up
When you decide you want to organize things, you should fix your mind on it and be determined that you can finish it within the day, because according to the KonMari Method, you must accomplish it all at once. In Japanese terms, in one go or without stopping. So you have to be serious about it because once you cannot finish it up and extend it another day, it means more mess.
Imagine What the End Result Would Be Like
It is very important that once you decide to declutter, set your mind on how you want your space to look and it should match your lifestyle and personality. In that kind of way, you don’t just declutter, but you are also enjoying what you are doing because you are looking forward to what the end of your goal would look like.
Feel The Spark of Joy
Yes, you read it right! KonMari Method recommends that for you to know whether to dispose of an item or keep it, you have to hold it and assess yourself if that item “sparks joy” for you.
Tidying Up By Categories First and Not By Location
According to Marie Kondo, it is best that to tidy up things we should set a specific order first so as not to be confused with your things and one more thing is that you could sort your things out based on their types. Her tips highly suggested five orders on how you should sort them: first would be to sort the clothes, and then the books, next in line are papers, after that the “komono” also known as miscellaneous items and last, but not the least, the sentimental items. Very specific right? This will be of help to many people because most of the time, we don’t want to dispose of things even though they are no longer usable. That is why we have so many things! So, better do it now.
This is one of the best type of methods and stress reliever that you can apply at once. It will not only help to make you more comfortable but it will also allow you to have that inner peace, it’s as if breathing at your home has never been that smooth. KonMari method also has that Japanese traditions and advice that are based on life experiences. Give it a try and feel that “spark of joy.” You may also check out Storables.com for more highly recommended tips to beautify your homes.