Are you figuring out how to effectively tidy your home? Don’t worry anymore because we have a helpful guide to follow that will change not only your home but your life as well. With the KonMari method, you will get to know the unique possibilities for clearing and organizing, which also fit well into a minimalist furnishing style.
A tidy space with minimal interior fittings
Famous Japanese organization expert and cleanup consultant Marie Kondo is the author of The life changing magic of tidying up, who became the # 1 New York Times best seller, and is also the main star of Netflix Clean up with Marie Kondo. With her trademark, the KonMari method, she can create a world that brings joy not only to your home, but also to your life. Quote from Marie’s book: “A dramatic restructuring of the house leads to correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It’s life changing, ”explains the KonMari Method, which aims to make people’s lives a lot better.
Cleaning up has always been a challenge for me. It requires energy, both physical and mental, or even emotional. Also, you need to spend some time to complete the task. I’m a tidy and organized person for the most part, but learning the KonMari Method has changed my life massively. Discipline is vital, and it will take a lot of effort to apply the method correctly. Even so, the result will bring out the best in you. Either you are a neat or a messy person, this method will make both your home and your life better.
The KonMari method has six basic rules:
1. Make a commitment to clean up
The first step is to make a commitment. It is important to be serious and have a strong determination to get the job done, especially because you will invest your time and effort. The entire cleanup process is not easy and requires a lot of work. You probably want to see it through to the end and find out that it’s worth it.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle
Clarify the reason for cleaning up and the type of life you want after you’re done. Getting an idea of the look of your home and the way you live can be motivated to achieve your goal. Realizing your ideal lifestyle is leading you in the right direction. You can focus on the things you love and cherish.
Make your desk well organized for a harmonious work area.
3. First stop discarding
Take away the unwanted and unused things. Discarding first will give you a clear overview of the things to organize, keep, and store. Also, if you think carefully and thoroughly about each item you throw away, you will learn what actually gives you pleasure. This process affects how you live and acquire new things in the future. Remember, give thanks for the things you let go of for a purpose done for you.
4. Clean up by category
Most of us usually ponder where to start cleaning and tidying up. However, the KonMari method teaches us to do the job by category rather than location. The reason for this is that we often keep similar items in multiple locations. If you clean up each place one by one, you will repeat the same work in many places. In this case, you cannot grasp the full volume of every type of thing you own. So it’s important to clean up by category.
5. Follow the correct order
Below is the exact order to consider. It starts with the relatively easy to the most challenging:
- Komono (Various Items)
- Sentimental items
Gather and sort your clothes, then fold them properly.
6. Ask yourself if it is fun
The main principle of the KonMari method is what pleases you. This approach focuses on personal standards rather than strict guidelines. So when you clean up, ask yourself: “Is that a pleasure?” Assess how you are feeling and see how your body is responding. Marie describes joy as having an exciting effect on your body that brightens your mood. Through this selection process, you can determine the things you love and the things you need.
Now that the rules have been explained, the next step is to get ready and start debugging. Follow the KonMari checklist accordingly to make tidying up easier and ensure a proper cleaning flow. Let’s review the elements and ways to deal with them.
- Clothes – Gather all of your clothes and make a pile. Then go through each item and determine if you enjoy it or if it is valuable to keep. You can consider whether the clothes still fit you or whether they are comfortable and useful in your daily life. If you want to throw it away, be grateful to the item for serving its purpose.
- Books – Gather all of your books and place them on the floor. It is recommended to separate them by categories (general books, practical books, visual books, magazines). Both read and unread must be judged whether or not to keep them.
- Papers – Gather up all of the papers you piled at home. To manage the papers, Marie says we should throw everything away. But she made exceptions based on the categories given:
- Papers currently in use such as invoices to be paid, forms to sign, etc.
- Papers needed for a limited time, such as tax forms, guarantees, etc.
- Papers that are indispensable for an indefinite period of time, including birth certificates, passports, contracts, etc.
Then label and archive the papers accordingly.
- Komono – It refers to the various items in your home that don’t fall into the first three categories. Marie listed the order in which to orientate herself, from specific to general categories.
- CDs & DVDs
- Skin care products
- Electrical appliances and devices
- Household equipment
- Kitchen articles / food supplies
- Sentimental Items – These are things that bring back memories. We have an emotional attachment to these things, which makes it difficult to let go. Marie explained that by handling these items, you could process your past. Depending on their meaning and purpose for you, you can say goodbye to them or let them stay.
Arrange the stack of papers and documents neatly.
After debugging, you can sell, donate or recycle the items to be sent. Time to set it free and let it bring joy to someone else. By selling, you can use the money for your other expenses or add it to your savings. With a donation you can help those in need and contribute to the community. By recycling you can help protect and save Mother Earth. With this cleanup project, you will most likely win more and lose less.
Finally, organize the items in their respective areas. I was amazed how Marie demonstrated the folding, turning and stacking of the items, which made the cabinets, drawers and shelves look very nice. All things are easy to grasp, use and put back properly. Keep in mind the following tips that you should practice in order to tidy up your items well.
- Clothing – Fold each object into a small rectangle so it can stand on its own. Marie instructs to fold as many items of clothing as possible. However, you can also hang items of clothing, e.g. B. those made of soft materials.
- Books – Put your books back on the shelves. It is better to store your books by category and position them while standing than to stack them.
- Papers – Back up all papers that need to be saved to a file and specify a location for papers that need to be handled.
- Komono – Store things as vertically as possible. You can use smaller containers or boxes to neatly divide a room. This way you can easily find and receive the articles at any time.
- Sentimental Items – Display these memorable photos or frame these diplomas to bring more happiness and inspiration to your home. Be creative and showcase your sentimental items.
Pay attention to the presented details and implement them carefully. Put simply, Marie’s definition of tidying up is deciding on the items you want to store and throw away and determining where to put the items you want to store.
Clean the kitchen utensils and put them on the shelves for easy access.
With everything settled, I believe Marie Kondo emphasizes animism, which means that our things deserve compassion and respect. Appreciate the things you keep as they bring you joy. Also, show gratitude for the things you discarded for the services they provided, even if they only taught you that you don’t really like or need them. I realized that my habits changed after I learned the whole method. I enjoy the things that I have. I take time to think, feel, and weigh up before I decide to bring her home. The KonMari method not only manifests the external appearance of your house, but at the same time also the inner attitude of yourself.
On the other hand, keep in mind that the completion of the clean up is person-specific and will vary from family to family, taking into account various factors including the size of the house and the number of hours allotted to complete the tasks. Even so, all that matters is that you’ve made up your mind to seriously clean up your home. At the end of the trip you can live in your place in a completely tidy and controlled environment. Your ideal home is in your hands. You can apply your own style and taste to the overall look of your home or check out some interior design inspiration here. Choose what you enjoy!
According to Marie, cleaning up will produce remarkable results. If done right, you will get fulfillment. In addition, you will delve into past and future concerns and discover what your life longs for. And with that, you will welcome real happiness into your life. This is how you experience the magic of tidying up.