by Manila Maid
Most of you probably already know who Marie Kondo is and her revolutionary way of decluttering not just your home but your life. The petite Japanese organizing consultant gained popularity after she released her tutorial book on tidying up a few years back. However, worldwide recognition happened when Netflix released a series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. After the show has been released, thousands of households all around the world took notice and followed the KonMari method.
Here are some of the most important things to take away from Marie Kondo:
You might lean on the idea of decluttering by room, but as per Marie Kondo, do it by category. She almost always encourages people to start with clothing because this likely has the less emotional baggage. Take ALL clothes out of the closet. Do not leave one box or one drawer left untouched.
Only What Sparks Joy
You probably heard about this catch phrase several times now. KEEP (or buy) ONLY WHAT SPARKS JOY. A lot of people think going by this rule is a bit on the cheesy side, but it actually does work for the most part. When organizing everything at home, hold items with both hands and ask yourself, does this spark joy? Whether it be an old sweater you've been clinging on to since College, or a blender you've not used for ages. Question if the item brings joy and usefulness in your life. If it does, keep it. If it doesn't - place on a throw/ donate pile!
Don't Let Nostalgia Rule Your Home
There is a reason why Kondo wants you to do it by category. To not distract you from reaching your goal. Which is to declutter your home and experience peace after. BUT if you get sidetracked by opening up an old box filled with memories, the decluttering might get suspended and you end up remeniscing about the past, in turn making it difficult to let go of what needs to be let go. So FOCUS. Start with clothes. Then purses. Then shoes. From there you can move on to the room decorations. Then books. Then maybe lastly, pictures and letters. Make the sentimental part of it all, the last part to tackle.
Envision the Home You Want to Have
Doing the decluttering is all well and good but there should be an end goal to what you're trying to accomplish. What kind of home would you like to have? Do you want a practical one? A minimalist one? At the end of the day, you need to be able to say to yourself - I am happy I get to go home to this place. Organizing and decluttering is what needs to be done to accomplish that.
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