Are you a KonMari convert? With Netflix’s latest hit “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”, Marie Kondo, the Japanese queen of organisation, has won over legions of viewers and new believers with her methods that are as much about decluttering as they are a life philosophy.
Her KonMari method was first introduced in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever, with her second book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying providing a room-by-room guide. Here are three of her guidelines that you can apply to spruce up your home or even office.
1) Do your belongings “spark joy”?
One of Marie Kondo’s best-known concepts, ‘sparking joy’ has been derided by some for being unpractical. Can a screwdriver or cooking pot give you joy? While they are utilitarian items that are purchased out of necessity, the purposes that they fulfil do give you happiness and you are highly likely to repurchase one should you lose them.
The process of determining which items spark joy is immensely helpful as it helps you make decisions from a different perspective; you are not choosing what items to throw, but which ones to keep.
2) Everything has its place
The KonMari method requires items to be sorted by category, not location. In addition, the items that you do decide to keep should have a dedicated space of their own. This has several benefits: they are always available when you are looking for them, and you are encouraged to own only what you can store. If you have already thrown away the things that you do not want or need, this should be easy peasy.
3) Use the right methods
Kondo strongly prefers storing things vertically and has specific techniques for folding clothes and storing things so that they are visible and accessible. By always having a clear picture of what items you own, you are less likely to make unnecessary or repeat purchases. Plus, doesn’t it feel good to be surrounded by things that spark joy in you? Depending on your space, her techniques may or may not make sense, but you can incorporate the reasoning behind them when you declutter.
To the parents: you can KonMari with the kids! Marie Kondo, herself a mom-of-two, shared on her Instagram that she applies the same methods with her young daughters. Involve your child and let them decide which of their belongings spark joy for them. Besides improving the tidiness of their living spaces, it also gives them the opportunity to be grateful for what they have and build a sense of responsibility.
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