Konmari UPDATE: Yep, We Were Doing it Wrong.

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konmari-updateSo if you remember a few days ago, I wrote a post about how we felt like we were doing Konmari wrong. After talking about it with others and by ourselves, we decided that we were doing Konmari wrong and we needed to change some things. We decided that essentially we’re doing a pre-KM decluttering that will help us complete the Konmari method better.

We ordered a physical copy of the book from a seller on Amazon so we could read the book instead of listening. I think that will help the process really sink in. We scored a used copy for $6.19 plus shipping and I happened to have a $10 Amazon gift card so we only paid 18 cents out-of-pocket! It should arrive in a few days. In the meantime, we’re going to finish out the list we printed out (excluding sentimental items) and then we’re going to do some spring cleaning.

You know what I mean – washing windows, deep cleaning the carpets, cleaning the refrigerator coils – all those yearly cleaning projects that you put off so long that you wish you could just buy new versions of the stuff you’re cleaning instead. Then when the book arrives, we’ll read it and start again the Konmari way. We will begin by trying to figure out what we hope to accomplish by tidying – a writing exercise that Ms. Kondo suggests in the beginning of the book.

Then, we will begin with clothing. We will move on to books and papers and then tackle Komono again. When that is complete, we will work on sentimental items and hopefully that will be the end of our Konmari journey.

I’m also working on a Konmari printable checklist that you can use while working on each category. I hope to have that ready by tomorrow.


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4 Comments

  1. Hi – I found you via Pinterest as well. After a move across town your writing really resonated. I’m pretty “tidy” by nature, but had an a-ha moment when reading about using organization an a diversion from what REALLY needs clearing. As a former model, this means: CLOSET. As a business woman: PAPERS! I am ready to take my lean-&-clean lifestyle to the ultimate level of joy!!! I am officially scheduling a cleaning event for clothing and papers/books this weekend. Finally, an approach that will work and endure! I will be adding ONE thing to my desk: a copy of the book!!! Thanks!

  2. Hello, found your blog via Pinterest, the free printable to be exact. I just made a KonMari board there with all my most favourite pins, and since I’m visually oriented, it has been extremely helpful in distilling exactly what it is that I want from the “project”. Maybe it would help you, too?

  3. I start months ago purging my clothes. If I haven’t worn it in the last year, I figured I will never wear it. While some go to local charities, I find passing them along to a friend about my size works for both of us and what she doesn’t want she donates. We both benefit. I have started on the basement shelves. Many pans, etc I may only use occasionally are in the middle of the floor, but have yet to get them out. I wanted family to come and take what they want, but wonder if that will ever happen. I guess I need to set up a day where everyone comes and takes what they want.

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