It is very difficult for people to see the great stuff you own when there is too much of it. Whether you are staging your home to sell, or redesigning rooms for yourself, the maxim less is more always applies!
Decluttering your home and staying organized can be tough. Most people add this to their “to-do” list and have good intentions, but sadly never actually follow through because either they are too overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin or are just plain too busy to get around to it.
Bring in Marie Kondo. For those who are not familiar with her, she is a famous Japanese organizing consultant and author of the KonMari method of decluttering and organizing. The basic premise of her method is to spark joy in the world through tidying. She brings a unique approach to decluttering that has been tried and true by many, and has “sparked” motivation and excitement into organizing – a seemingly dull and daunting task to many - unlike anyone or anything else before.
Her Netflix show is one not to be missed in my opinion. She helps families to declutter their households and be thankful for both what they will keep and what they’ll discard.
At the heart of her decluttering process is whether or not an item “sparks joy”, so the emphasis is discovering that feeling for yourself. When something creates that warm and positive feeling, that item is said to be “sparking joy.”
Organization is separated into five categories, instead of room by room, tidying each in a specific order: 1) Clothing, 2) Books, 3) Paper, 4) Komono (kitchen, bathroom, garage, and everything miscellaneous, and 5) Sentimental.
Her process is to start with one category at a time and begin by putting everything in a single pile. Then you go through the pile, item by item, and determine whether or not each one “sparks joy.”
The items that remain should be visible and placed in smaller containers and categorized in such a way to ensure each item has its own space.
Devotees and followers of the KonMari method claim it makes us view our possessions differently and makes us think twice about the relationship with our stuff. It makes us more intentional about why we save what we save. It is less about throwing out most of your belongings, and more about checking in with your priorities. I wholeheartedly agree.
I genuinely consider myself a tidy person and do not keep much clutter in my home. My belief is that if I haven’t used it in the last year, then it’s likely not worth keeping around. But after watching just one episode, I even felt like I could clear out more items!
I am always up for new tips that I can try to incorporate into my own life and feel Marie’s approach to organization and decluttering refreshing. She does not judge you or your lifestyle, décor choices, or condition of the home. She approaches decluttering and organizing as a family affair and wants everyone to have a part, and be responsible, in the process.
For those of you that need some organization and decluttering help, would her methods be something you would try?