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Sparking Joy by Tidying up with KonMari

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According to the KonMari Method, I’ve been going about getting organized all wrong.

KonMari, developed by Marie Kondo of Japan, is a decluttering method that has inspired many around the world.  It has increased in popularity recently with the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. 

In a January 12, 2019 article on cnn.com it is noted that thrift shops have seen an overwhelming spike in donations since the release of the Netflick series.  It seems getting organized may have been a top resolution in 2019.

The concepts are simple — only keeping items that spark joy and basically storing items upright so they are visible. For me, and apparently  for many, it is a process with magical results.

There can be a lot of clutter accumulated over the years.  Busy schedules don’t allow much time for declulttering and life gets hectic  But, as many have found decluttering takes away the heavy burden of “stuff” and opens life up for more fun and interesting experiences. 

I have always struggled with too much stuff and not enough time.  But, it’s not something I want to weigh me down in my next chapter. I’m always looking for ways to clean up and simplify.

I may have jumped on the KonMari decluttering bandwagon a little later than many, but there is no time like the present for organization.  After learning of the KonMari method first through her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up .  I decided to take on the KonMari challenge.

Does it spark joy?

First, KonMari asks you to a) commit to tidying up, b) imagine your ideal life, c) finish letting go of what no longer serves you, d) tidy up by category, e) follow a specific order, and f) asking what sparks joy.

People are drawn to KonMari, not just for de-cluttering skills, but as a philosophy for practicing mindfulness and optimism.

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” – Marie Kondo

Instead of decluttering room to room, the KonMari method is by category and the first item of business is clothes.

Gather all the clothes and dump them in one pile. Put your hands on the items as you pick them up and ask if it sparks joy.  If it doesn’t, thank it for its service and release it. The items that remain are to be kept where they are visible and accessible.

Once you are left with only items that bring joy, Kondo claims that the magic happens and you will never have to clean again.

Hmm, sounds good to me!

How to Fold Clothes using KonMari

While sorting clothes, KonMari also has a specific method of folding which makes for better use of space.

  1. Fold one side of the shirt across the center.
  2. Then fold the other side the same way, creating a rectangle.
  3. Now fold the rectangle in half lengthwise.
  4. Fold up three times.
  5. Stand upright and place in its spot.

My clothes and storage have always been a source of frustration.  The KonMari method is not something I was familiar with so I thought I’d give it a try and dumped all of my clothes in a pile.  I sorted them and folded as above, keeping only what I felt a spark from.

I thanked and said good-bye to many items that no longer brought me joy. Also, by folding and stacking the items upright I was able to fit so much more in each drawer.  In doing so, it does feel magical when the only items I have are items I love.  My drawers look and feel so good that I can’t stop opening them and smiling.

For me, I can see how the magic could stretch far beyond home-tidying.  It brings me contentment clearing space for only the things I enjoy and releasing what doesn’t. 

I’m also loving watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix and seeing how the KonMari method inspires and transforms the lives of others.  

Stay tuned for more KonMari transformations!.  I’m hooked!

How do you handle your clutter? Have you tried the KonMari method?  If so, what are your thoughts?

 

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