I’m a pretty organized person. At least I really try to be. So when I started seeing posts on Pinterest about this new KonMari method of organizing for less-cluttered, less-stressed life, I was intrigued but skeptical.
So I did some more research. I tested out the folding method. The folding works. But I didn’t understand why all of these people were raving about the book. Can’t you get the steps from some blog (like this one) without shelling out the $10 for the book?
But then I read the book.
And now I get it.
You have to read the book.
So, for 2017, as we save up for some big ticket repair work on the house, I’m going to chronicle my process with the KonMari Steps to decluttering this place. I’m going to give you some tips along the way, and maybe my experience will convince you that you need to get started…and also that you need to read the book.
With that out of the way, what’s all this KonMari stuff about anyway?
The KonMari method of organizing was made popular by Marie Kondo, a professional organizer in Japan and author of the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering & Organizing. I read the book in one sitting in about 5 hours on Christmas evening, and it made me want to pull everything out of my closet and get started!
There are a million other bloggers that have similar posts to this one explaining everything, so I’m not going to go over that again. I will say that the method works because its different. Instead of going room by room, you go through items by type and all at the same time. And you touch every single item. You decide if it “sparks joy” in you or not. It really works.
I’ve already completed the first step, and it really makes you think differently about the items that you keep and new items that you bring into your house. It’s not about getting rid of stuff as it is about keeping only the stuff that sparks joy in you.
Just by finishing the first step, I’ve already shaved time off of my daily routine, which frees me up to do other things I wasn’t getting to before, and I feel really good.
Now, I want to tear through the rest of the steps and get the whole house organized, but its going to take a while to complete. I’d love to have it done before school gets out. I’m putting May 1st as my goal. We’ll see if I hit it or not.
So come along the journey with me! Grab a box of white trash bags, some shoeboxes or empty Birchbox boxes, and let’s get rid of the clutter and get organized together!
But first, you gotta read the book! Buy it now. But get the Kindle version to cut down on the clutter. Its cheaper anyway. Ha!