Have you heard about the decluttering technique that’s sweeping the nation? It’s called Konmari and it was created by a Japanese woman named Marie Kondo. Her book is called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” The gist of the method described in the book is that you declutter an entire category at once. You collect all items within that category like clothes or a subcategory like blouses or pants, and pick up each item and ask yourself “Does this spark joy?” If it does, you can keep it. If it doesn’t, you thank the item for its service and get rid of it. You can donate it, sell it, or just throw it away if the item isn’t worth giving away.
The beauty of this method is that in the end, you are left with only items that spark joy or make you happy to have. If an item makes you feel guilty or sad, you remove it from your life so you don’t have to feel those negative feelings any more. It sounds strange but Phillip and I have been working through this for about a week now and it is pretty great so far.
We started with clothes and we purged everything that didn’t spark joy. I didn’t think we had a lot to start with but trust me, we had way more than I thought. We donated 8 trash bags of clothing to Goodwill and 1 grocery bag of shoes. I’m not even a shoe person and I had a bag FULL of them to donate! You know how it feels now that they’re gone? It feels pretty amazing. I feel FREE and happy looking in my closet and only seeing clothing I love.
Another thing that you learn with the Konmari method is how to fold your clothes. Instead of balling up socks and tossing them in a drawer, you gently fold them and stand them upright. Yes, upright. Storing things vertically helps prevent creases (you’re not stacking things and adding pressure to make creases), frees up room and allows you to see what you have in your drawers. To the left you’ll see my Konmari’d sock drawer. Pretty cute, huh?
After clothes comes books and paper and then you work on Komono which is basically everything else in your house – all of the miscellaneous items such as decor, home office items, kitchen utensils, etc. When you finish all of that, you work on any sentimental items. You wait for mementos so you can hone your “joy meter” and only keep those that truly spark joy in your life.
I am planning to post more about our working through the Konmari method in our home and hopefully you’ll be seeing a clean and joyful home as we go.