“If it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it”: Marie Kondo and her magical methods

So, in case you missed it, the new sensation in the world of organization and cleaning is the KonMari method, developed and created by Marie Kondo. This organization method ensures that you have more space in your living area and that you only hold onto things that are dear to you, leaving no room for hoarding. This style of organization can elevate any living space from clustered and small to airy and breathable. It can be great for people living in small areas and can help maximize the usage of storage. Interested? Let’s get right to it!

Who is Marie Kondo and what is the KonMari method?

Marie Kondo, also known as KonMari, is a Japanese organizing consultant, author, and also a TV show host. She has written four books on organizing, which have cumulatively sold millions of copies around the world. She is more widely known because of her book “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”  and her popular Netflix show called “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. Kondo’s services have a mile-long waiting list in Japan, however, for the rest of us, her books suffice a great deal by giving us the basics of tidying up like a pro.

Now for the KonMari method: this is an approach to organization tactics that focus on minimalism and simplicity. The primary goal of this method is to only have items in your house that spark joy.

The whole method is very in-depth and detailed, but the general aim is to decrease hoarding tendencies and fill them with purging ones! The more you can get rid of, the more space you can make.

So, there are some basic rules to the KonMari method that we want to touch upon today:

Commit yourself to tidying up: Once you decide to start tidying up, commit to it completely. Don’t give up midway or give up hope for an organized space. Instead, push through and commit!

Imagine your ideal lifestyle: Think about your ideal space and lifestyle. Envision the type of things you want around you and the ambiance you wish to create and organize your spaces accordingly.

Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank them for serving their purposes: This may sound childish, but it can help those who have trouble letting things go. So, before you decide to get rid of something, take a moment to thank it for serving its purpose.

Tidy by category and not location: When you tackle specific parts of your home that you wish to organize, notice the types of things you own and what categories they may fall under. When you have those said categories, put things according to it rather than keeping things in order of location.

Follow the right order: While you are organizing your spaces, keep in mind the order in which you tidy up. So, the next time you need to find something in particular, you can simply retrace your steps and know exactly where everything is.

Ask yourself if it sparks joy: This is probably one of the most iconic takeaways from the whole method. This rule asks you to look at something, see if it rekindles any joy within you and then decide whether to keep it or let it go. The joy can be emotional or sentimental or may just make you happy for materialistic reasons.

 

Now that we know all the basic rules of the KonMari method, you may be wondering what the benefits can be of this style of organization? Here are some we thought were important:

Mental Health: The absence of physical clutter can help you reach good mental health. People have often said that cleaning and decluttering have reduced stress levels drastically.

Time Management: When you don’t have to spend hours looking for something, you will surely save some time. Knowing where everything is, gives you a weird sense of power, doesn’t it?

Productivity: A clean and organized space can help you build a productive environment to motivate yourself to work. When you live in a cluttered area, it can often lead to you being lazy and inefficient.

Save money: Having fewer belongings and stopping hoarding habits can help create minimalistic patterns. Thus, it can help you save money on buying unnecessary objects to fill your home.

Physical Health: Creating a tidy space and helping keep your environment clean can boost your own body’s wellbeing. And so, keeping your surroundings clean can benefit your overall physical health.

Crafting an organized and tidy living space can upscale any living area, whether small or large. Keeping things minimal and simple can make leagues of a difference when it comes to the look of a space and the functionality. Thus, implement the KonMari method today and see the immense benefits tomorrow!