The idea of decluttering your possession in your room directly affect our lives: If you are constantly on the hunt for clutter around your room or entire house and often feel frustrated with how much time and energy you are managing your stuff, this method might help you to do it. It offers an eye-opening way to tidy up your stuff easily with simple concept.
If you are ready to start decluttering what you own and move towards simpler, here is the Komnari method to help you get started!
What is Konmari method?
Konmari method is a simple way to tidy up things by a professional Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo. She is passionate about tidying and simplifying stuff she owns : less quantity and more life quality- Yes, you can see the similarity with minimalism that has been mainstream for a few years. This is the reason why the method is bigger. With its simple concept, you will never ruthlessly declutter areas and create so much time to maintain it.
The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up
Her magical method has started to spread across countries in 2011 with her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up”, New York best selling book of the year. It describes
the method of tidying up with less hustle and embrace “less is more” life style.
How It works
Everything she has mentioned in this book is something that you’ve never listened to.
- High quality life with less stuff
- Once it’s done, you’ll never have to clean up again
- You feel at peace with its disposal
- The mess you have in the house reflects onto your life
All the idea comes down to; the mess in your room is the mess in your head. But once you start tidying up your room, everything starts to be more clear.
The best part is the second one “you clean up your stuff only once”. Do you want see how it even works because you have found it overwhelming?
In the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up”, those points below make you look your stuff differently. If nothing motivates you to declutter everything, take a look at this check list below to put your time and effort into it!
・Preparation: Tidy Up by Category, Not the Floor
Once you decide to clean up your stuff, take things off from closet and put them all on the floor. Also, Marie says you need to tidy up your stuff based on category, not the whole room itself, which helps you keep on track of the amount you will get rid of. Furthermore, your stuff comes into lives again when you do, which makes the whole process easier: you will see “why” later. Once it’s done, you can move on to next step.
・Choose What to Throw and Keep : Does It Spark Joy?
Now move on to the next step: decide which one you discard and keep. If you look at your stuff or even hold it in your hand and ask yourself “Does it spark joy?”
It doesn’t spark joy in your heart, it’s something that you need to let go of. It’s that simple. If it makes you happy, keep it. Do not listen to music when choosing as you need to listen to your heart. As corny as it may sound though, this is the most important part of the process without any distractions.
・Consider Things as Lives
Everything you own has served you its propose in your life: clothes that made you feel look good in the past etc. You need to appreciate it and take a bit of time to thank them/let them go. What’s the point of all this? This helps you minimize having a mass stress from getting overwhelmed by tidying up.
Just in case you have any doubt about tidying up using the Konmari method, here is a comprehensive guide on how to apply it to cleaning up your room. You can search for any info on Youtube videos and websites etc.