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Get organised The Konmari Way!

Don’t you just love a well-organised home?

Then learn the Konmari Method, because It’s all about choosing joy!

The new Netflix Series “Tidying Up” got everyone of their chairs and clearing out the clutter, thanks to the KonMari Method.

The Konmari Method is organizer Marie Kondo’s approach to tackling your home category-by-category rather than room-by-room.

Her method has inspiring people from all over the world to clear their homes of clutter. Let’s face it, a well organised drawer truly sparks joy.

That is exactly the goal, to have a home filled with items that spark joy.

In her #1 New York Times best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” Marie takes tidying to a whole new level.

She teaches that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.  And that is where I say yes!

How do the KonMari Method work?

The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category , not by location, beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items.

The six basic rules of tidying.

  • Commit yourself to tidying up.
  • Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  • Finish discarding first, and remember to thank each item for its service.
  • Tidy by category, not location.
  • Follow the right order.
  • Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

The five categories to tackle:

  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
  • Sentimental Items

When deciding what to discard, the endgame is not to throw out or donate as much as possible, but to make sure that the things you hold onto make you happy. This is where picking up each item and asking, “does this spark joy?” comes in.

I recently embarked on my own declutter journey, even though I love to organise my home, Marie’s method took my joy for organising to a whole new level.

I make use of clear plastic containers and like to label them.  But going through clothing is a big problem.  I hold on to items that I might wear or haven’t fit me in years. Storing or folding clothes in order for all of them to be seen and enjoy was something I needed help with.

Welcome the Konmari Method.

During the holidays I stumbled upon Marie’s new Netflix series, Tidying Up, and I was immediately hooked.

The moment I saw the way she worked through the piles of clothing instead of room by room, I got excited to start on my own pile.

Once you have each category in a pile, go through each item and consider if it sparks joy, and each category should be finished before you embark on the next.

Once you’ve tossed items from each category, you should have a much smaller collection of items remaining that you can return to closets, drawers, shelves, and boxes.

Her folding method is genius and now I’m in love with my closet and how tidy is looks.  I was ruthless and threw out all the items that genuinely sparked no joy.

Like Mari says, keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.

Now my closet only holds the items I truly enjoy and there is space to bring new exciting pieces into the mix.

Have a look at Marie’s folding method:

Another area I needed help with was folding towels, this helpful video gives you a step-by-step guide for folding towels and hand towels using Marie Kondos method.

I had fun organising my closet, and look forward to a home filled with items that spark Joy!

May the Kondomari method spark joy in your life and help you clear the clutter.

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