It’s been several months since I last wrote about Konmari and you may be wondering how we’re doing and what our apartment looks like. Honestly…it’s not great. How not great? Um, I’ll let these photos of my living room tell the story. They were taken this morning. And yes, I know my picture frames are crooked, I’ll fix them…eventually.
We “finished” Konmari way back in August, right before our move. But when I say “finished,” I really mean we finished the decluttering stage. We got rid of so much stuff – bags upon bags and boxes upon boxes of clothes, household items, books, even pictures and keepsakes! But we never finished the final stage – finding a home for everything.
As much as I’d like to just blame our move (we moved from a 900+ sq ft townhouse to a 500 sq ft 1 bedroom apartment), I really think it comes down to laziness and maybe just the feeling that we had “finished” Konmari even when we hadn’t. But really we were just being lazy. We’ve already failed at Konmari once but I’m willing to keep working because I truly believe in the Konmari method. It’s already changed so much for me.
I am much more likely to put down a clearance item at Target that I don’t need (and that doesn’t spark joy) than I am to just buy it. I am less likely to spend hours working out “deals” for things that don’t spark joy like air fresheners and cleaning supplies I’ll never use. I spend less time in thrift stores but tend to buy things that I love more than I ever would have in the past. I feel like a different person.
And yet, our apartment still isn’t clean and everything doesn’t have a place. We even have stuff that doesn’t quite spark joy as well. So where do we go from here?
My first plan of action is to do step 1 of Konmari over again. If you don’t remember, that’s the step where you visualize your destination. You think about how you want your place to look and how you want to feel about it, that sort of thing. You want to have a very vivid image in your mind about your place. This section is in chapter 2 (page 36 in the hardcover version) if you need a refresher.
Once I’ve done that, I’m going to quickly but thoroughly work through my checklist and remove all items that do not spark joy. One thing I’ve noticed is that some items that brought me immense amounts of joy at my old apartment just don’t fit in my new apartment. I wonder if my home is trying to speak to me as Ms. Kondo would say.
Then, I’m going to complete the final step of finding a home for everything in my home. I keep dodging this step for some reason, maybe because I don’t have a vision for my home and so I don’t know where to start. Perhaps if I have the vision, everything will find its way to a permanent home more easily?
The final step is reading Marie Kondo’s new book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. I just pre-ordered it yesterday and it should be here tomorrow! I’ve got this as the final step but knowing myself, I will probably bump it up to step #1 when it gets here. Time will tell but this is the plan for now.
So enough about me, what has been the hardest part of Konmari for you?