The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Focus on What Inspires Joy
Don’t focus on reducing, or on efficient storage methods, for that matter. Focus instead on choosing the things you own that inspire joy and on enjoying life…This is the pleasure of tidying…Choose those things that spark joy when you touch them. ~Marie Kondo
The Four Basic Steps to The KonMari Method
- Have a discarding marathon all at once. KonMari tells you not to do your decluttering in stages, but rather to do it all at once. I see her point, but I found this to be a bit impractical for a homeschooling mom of five. I’m doing my best to follow her advice, though, by working on all the clothes for a week, then moving on to books, etc.
- Take each item in your hand and ask, “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. Again, I’m doing a modified version of this. I can’t get rid of everything that doesn’t spark joy, because we don’t have the money to replace everything that doesn’t spark joy. But I am freely disposing of things that are unnecessary items (such as decor and outgrown clothing and kitchen items) that don’t bring joy or aren’t useful to us.
- Sort by category (clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous), not location. KonMari says you shouldn’t, for example, decide to declutter and organize your bedroom (or any other room). You should first do all the clothing in the house, then all the books, papers, etc.
- Give every item a place. Designate a spot for every item you own. This is huge. And it makes such a huge impact. I’ve been trying to do this, and it is so much easier to keep an organized house when every item has a place. Definitely good advice.