KonMari Method: What It Is and Why We Are Doing It

Fall is my Spring. While most people get the bug to clean and organize in the Spring, I get it in the Fall. This time it’s made worse by reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I started the book on Friday night and was finished by Saturday afternoon. First of all, it’s an easy read even without illustrations. Second, I love organizing. I always have and hopefully, always will. Reading her descriptions of a childhood spent cleaning, organizing, and discarding had me saying “same” over and over again.* In her book, Marie Kondo introduces her KonMari Method. The main principle of the KonMarie Method is choosing joy beginning with the transformation of your home. I won’t give away all of her work from the book. You have to read it for yourself! Essentially, KonMari requires you to physically touch every item in your home and ask the same question, does this bring me joy? It seems to simplistic and even a bit ridiculous but as I read her book, I began asking the question around the house. Surprisingly, there are so many things that don’t spark joy for me and yet I keep them for what ever reason. Along with the question, there is an order in which things should be done.
  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Komono (miscellany)
  • Sentimental items
The part of KonMari that I am most worried about is her insistence on things being folded and stored in a certain way. I’ve studied videos and graphics of how the KonMari folding method should be done. I should be an expert. The reality is that my husband and I both started hanging just about everything in the closet because we cannot stand folding clothes! This will be a challenge but I’m willing to give it a shot! If I’m going to experience the lifestyle I’ve always wanted, I’ll have to stop doing what I’ve always done. Another reason I’m willing to give the KonMari Method a chance is because it promote frugality and contentedness. For example, Marie Kondo writes, “I have tried all kinds of storage products, but have never found any other that is free and still surpasses the shoebox.” Marie Kondo could easily use her method to sell her own brand of storage products but she’s honest, nothing beats a shoebox! She also asserts:
I can think of no greater happiness in life than to be surrounded only by the things I love. How about you? All you need to do is to get rid of anything that doesn’t touch your heart. There is no simpler way to contentment. What else could this be called by “the magic of tidying”?
We’ll be tackling these things over the next few weeks/months and I’ll post a few updates along the way so that you can see how bad well it’s going! Yes, that means before and after pictures! Leave me a comment if any of you have read her books or have tried the KonMari Method. Tell me what you thought! *My mom will likely remember that I kept my room atrociously messy for many years and it required her assistance and an entire day to get it back to livable. Sometime in my middle school years, I caught the bug for “tidying.” Photo by Caspar Rubin on Unsplash

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