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I’m sure you’ve heard about the Marie Kondo method of cleaning which is described in Kondo’s book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing which was published in 2015.
And here we are going to be sharing eight do’s and don’ts of the KonMarie method of tidying up. So give them a try and let us know what you think!
Sometimes it Can’t Be Discarded
And that’s okay! If it is something that doesn’t spark joy, you can simply try to purchase a replacement. Or if you can’t find a replacement, change your attitude toward that thing and realize its contribution to your life and how it provides for you, helps you, or makes your life easier.
Don’t Begin Without a Plan
If you’re itching to start, have a plan first and make sure you dedicate yourself to this major project and set aside any distractions. You’ll have a much harder time completing this project successfully or quickly if you’re multi-tasking and juggling multiple large-scale projects at once.
Don’t Jump Categories
I know this will be hard to do for many of you since you’ll want to tackle as much as you can as soon as possible. But, make sure you finish each category in her book entirely before moving onto the next one.
Tidy By Category, Not Room
In most cases, some items will belong in multiple areas of your house, so it’s better to begin decluttering by category (i.e. shoes) since you will most likely have your shoes in more than one area of the house.
Tidy Up According to the KonMarie Order
Marie Kondo discusses a certain order of decluttering items where you start with clothing, then you move onto books, papers, and then miscellaneous items, followed by momentos.
Don’t Organize First
You’ll want to make sure you discard before you start the organizing process. That way, you reduce the clutter and make it easier to store the items you actually need.
Visualize Your Goal
Behind all of this cleaning and decluttering, there is one overall question: what does a clutter-free life mean to you? Ask yourself if you see your home/lifestyle as a place for gatherings and parties, adding a new addition to the family (i.e. a child or pet), or more time for you to enjoy your hobbies.
Do Hold Each Item
Most importantly, you need to determine whether each item sparks joy. You can simply just hold each item and determine whether or not it brings you joy. If it does, then make sure to place it in the keep pile; however, if you’re not feeling any pleasure by holding it, then you can donate or recycle the item.
Whether your home is a mess or you’re just looking for a more efficient way to keep your rooms in order, the KonMarie method is a great way to do it. So give it a try and let us know how it goes!