These days, it seems as if it’s never been easier to accumulate a bunch of stuff. Closets, drawers, attics, and garages are often times overflowing with memorabilia, knickknacks, clothing, etc. Some people keep all of the clutter organized, while others end up with things everywhere. However, regardless of whether you organize your clutter or not, it’s no secret that most of us just have too much. Sometimes this spills over outside of the home and people pay for storage units – to store even more stuff. According to The Spare Foot StorageBeat 9.4% of Americans pay for extra storage outside of their home. Simply put, most of us just have too much stuff. Whether you are downsizing or just want to live a more simple life, decluttering is a big task and requires a plan of action.
KonMari method – it’s about choosing joy
Made popular by the recent Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and her bestselling book “The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up”, Marie Kondo has inspired millions to begin the tidying process and live a more joyful life.
Step 1: Make a commitment
Going through all of your belongings is going to take some time if you want to do it right; however, it will be worth it. Making the commitment is half the battle.
Step 2: Imagine your new life
Tidying up is about choosing joy. Imagine what your life will be like with more time, more money, and more space. What do you want your current space (or new home) to look like? How do you want to feel in your space?
Step 3: Discard first
Begin by donating, selling, or discarding items that you already know that you don’t want or need. This will make the organization process a lot easier since you’ll only be dealing with what you intend to keep. As you organize, you may come across more items to let go of.
Step 4: Organize by category
In the past, when attempting to organize, most of us have likely gone room, by room; however, this time, organize by category. For example, begin with your clothes and put all of your clothing in one pile (this includes your outerwear stored in the hall closet, seasonal items packed away, and the extra items hanging in the guest bedroom). Once all of your clothing is in one pile, go through each item and ask yourself if the item ‘sparks joy’. If it does not, let it go. Next, perhaps you move on to books – remember, begin by putting all of your books in one place.
Step 5: Step by step
Sometimes knowing where to start is the hardest part. The KonMari method has a specific order to follow when tidying up. This will give some order to the chaos and give you a place to start. Not surprising, the list starts with the least sentimental items so that you can get a hang of the process. The exact order is: clothing, books, paper, miscellaneous, sentimental.
Step 6: Ask yourself if it sparks joy
The KonMari method is about choosing joy. When going through your items, Marie Kondo suggests that you ask yourself if the item ‘sparks joy’. If it doesn’t, consider letting go of the item. Alternatively, you could ask yourself if you would buy the item again.
Now that you have a plan of action, it’s time to begin. We look forward to hearing about how these steps work for you.