Social media is now clogged with images of tidy apartments using the KonMari method.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese cleaning guru who has written numerous books, developed the KonMari tidying method and has a popular Netflix series – Tidying up with Marie Kondo.
A few friends starting posting images of spotless cupboards, bookshelves, and bedrooms onto Instagram. Proud and perhaps seeking approval.
Seriously!! What is going on?? Why the sudden ‘tidy’ trend?
At first, I thought these friends were incredibly bored or frustrated. Why are they not spending valuable time rekindling the passion in their relationships, instead of devoting days to cleaning? But hey, anything to escape a loveless marriage.
One of Marie Kondo converts sent me a link to the Netflix series. Enticing me to watch and then implement the steps. Not sure if this was a hint!! I hope this was not a hint….. Perhaps it is an obsession of hers. Not sure.
Mind you, I am in the middle of three gripping Netflix crime series. The last thing on my to-do list is watching a cleaning series. However, I decided to watch one of the episodes. To see what all the hype is about. I was horrified with the amount of clutter, mess, and disarray these people live amongst. Is it real? Do people really sleep next to wall to ceiling piles of clutter??
The KonMari Method encourages you to keep only those things that speak to the heart and spark joy. If items do not provide you with joy, thank them, kiss them and throw them.
I decided to focus on the first category in KonMari, my clothes. I’m surprised by the initial results. Here are the rules in action;
Be committed to de-cluttering and cleaning.
Marie Kondo suggests that you need to be committed. I allocated a day for this process.
I eagerly purchased plastic bags ready to pack with items that do not spark joy.
Tidy by category not by room
I have always tackled a room at a time. KonMari Method encourages you to tidy by category. This way you will not become overwhelmed.
The first category on my list was clothing. I gathered clothes from every room and placed them onto the bed. The pile was not as large as the ones shown on the Netflix series. How can this not be overwhelming?? I looked at each item wondering if it provided joy, and do I enjoy wearing it. Let’s just say I had a large bundle of items for the opportunity shops.
Interestingly, I had clothes with great sentimental attachments. They are now collecting dust. Particularly dresses I have worn on special dates with ex-boyfriends.
I took photos of the dresses, cut a small square of the material as a keepsake. Then thank them for such memorable nights. It was a strange feeling, reliving the experiences then discarding the dresses.
It is suggested to tidy in this order;
- General Items
- Sentimental Items
Tidy by sub-categories
Once you have tidied by category look for sub-categories.
I came across many different accessories. Belts, woolen scarves, silk scarves, and broaches. I grouped these by sub-category. This made the tidying process so much easier.
Other sub-categories included;
- Tops – t-shirts, work shirts, and silk camisoles
- Bottoms – skirts, shorts, pants
- Socks and stockings
Everything has a place in your home.
Marie Kondo suggests only purchasing storage containers when you have already cleaned your apartment.
It is now time to find a place for all these items. It is advised to store the category together. So instead of storing my clothes in many rooms. I selected one room.
Once you take stock of your items, it is time to order baskets, different sized tubs, and boxes from Amazon. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this part. Yes, this gave me joy. I knew how many items I had and was able to order the correct number of storage containers.
The KonMari Method does work when you look at your possessions and keep the ones that speak to the heart and spark joy. Marie has developed a method, which is not too overwhelming and easy to implement. At the end of the day if your items do not provide you with joy, thank them, kiss them and throw them.