I love the idea of an organized home. Everything in it’s place, and easy to find when you need it. My problem is that I can’t seem to keep our closets, drawers and cabinets organized. I even showed you all of our worst disorganized spaces a couple of months ago. So, because I really want to get our home organized once and for all, I recently read (affiliate link) “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. In which she teaches her KonMari Method of organizing.
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The KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become very popular in the last year or so. I had heard a lot of hype about it, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and read the book to see what all the buzz was about.
Marie is from Japan, so there are some cultural differences in the book, but it’s basic premise relates to everyone who has too much stuff. Discard what you truly don’t love or need (does the item spark joy?), and thoroughly organize your space in one go.
One thing that I thought was interesting and true is that we usually aren’t taught how to tidy or declutter like we are other things when we’re young.
She gives some good tips about which items to start decluttering and organizing, and which to leave until the end (momentos).
One part of her method (decluttering and organizing in one big event) that resonated with me was this statement – “The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart.”
When I organized our pantry last summer, I had not read this book yet. But, I discarded and organized in one big effort, and I have pretty much kept the pantry organized since then. Just like she says, now I have an aversion to letting the pantry get so disorganized again!
Another one of her tips is to store every item you own so that it is clearly seen – even your clothing. That was my approach with my pantry too, I wanted to be able to see exactly what items we already had. This makes it so much easier to plan our meals, and know what to buy when I go grocery shopping.
A lot of her method makes a lot of sense to me, and I had already applied a lot of her tips in our pantry before I read the book. She also has a lot of tips that I had not thought of before – like folding all of your clothes in your drawers so that you can see every item. Not stacking them one on top of the other so you don’t even know what’s on the bottom.
Some of her thought are a little quirky. For instance, she advises to thank your possessions for a job well done when you are discarding them, and to thank your home for giving you shelter. While I probably won’t be talking to my possessions or my house, I think what she was really saying is that you should appreciate and take care of the things you own.
I would recommend (affiliate link) “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” if you want to de-clutter your life once and for all. She does have some very good tips for how to de-clutter for good. I’ll be trying her method on our disorganized spaces soon.
Marie Kondo has recently came out with a new book called (affiliate link) “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class On The Art Of Organizing And Tidying Up”. She goes into her method a little deeper, and also has pictures of organized spaces and her folding method for clothes. I haven’t read this second book yet, but I think I’ll enjoy it too.
Thanks for reading my review of the KonMari Method of organizing!
Have you read either of Marie Kondo’s books? How did you like them? Did they help you become more organized?