I just recently reviewed the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. As much as I thought the author was a little too much for me, I have to hand it to her. She knows her stuff! So here are few key lessons I’ve learned through the KonMari Method:
#1: Sort by category
Kondo emphasized to tidy by category and not by room. You also need to follow a certain order when doing this. Start with clothes, then books, papers, miscellaneous items and lastly things with sentimental value.
#2: Discard. Discard. DISCARD!
You need to discard everything you have that doesn’t spark joy in your life anymore. Don’t go half-heartedly, instead go about discarding full forced and without regrets. Remember to discard by category. Never ever start with mementos or thing that hold special meaning with your heart or else you’re bound to fail.
Kondo advises that you don’t let your family see what you discard. She gives this perfect example of when a client’s mother saw the numerous bags her client will be discarding. The mother went through the bags and ended up getting a few items for herself only to subsequently not use any of it.
#3: Clothes are a lot trickier than what you think!
Kondo has sub-categorized all types of clothes and you are supposed to go through that order (tops, bottoms, clothes that should be hung, socks, underwear, bags, accessories, special event clothes and shoes) while tidying.
While tidying, she shares that you shouldn’t downgrade your clothes to lounge wear. A lot of people, including me, are guilty of this but she emphasizes that downgrading doesn’t really help you or your clothes in your quest to tidying. You should be able to let it go coolly, no strings attached.
#3.1 Clothing storage shouldn’t be complicated
Kondo suggests you use shoe boxes to help you organize your clothes. It is most useful for socks and/or stockings.
She also goes against storing clothes just because it’s off-season. Instead she encourages to put everything out in the open and not categorize your clothes per season.
When hanging clothes, you should always categorize it by type and it should also rise to the right.
#4: Storage should be simple
Before you even worry about storage, you need to make sure that you have discarded enough and that you only have your essentials. Once you are completely and utterly sure that you are down with discarding, you can start with storage.
Designate a place for everything you own. If you designate and stick to it, chances of your house being cluttered again will be low.
I have only two rules: store all items of the same type in the same place and don’t scatter storage space.
#5: Tidying is an art that is best experienced.
Kondo is in love with tidying and it clearly shows in her book. She is very passionate about it and wants everyone to experience the magic that comes forth during and after tidying. However, reading a book is only half the experience. To be able to fully appreciate its magic, you must be willing to open up your heart and soul to this art form called tidying.
You have to give it to her, she knows what she’s talking about. I hope reading through this list has inspired you to try the art of tidying and clear out your own space!
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