Konmari Cliff Notes

by indiecottage@gmail.com on November 28, 2015

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Review of the Konmari Method from the book ~
Tidying Up: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; the Japanese are of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
Getting your space in order is an event! It’s not an ongoing project, because once you’ve done it, it should be lasting (given that you don’t bring in too much new stuff).
“Storage” can be a booby-trap. Putting things away creates the illusion that clutter can be solved. The best thing to do is to eliminate the items that no longer serve you, they just take up room. End the clutter.
Shoeboxes with lids are your friends, and oftentimes, free!
A chest of drawers often provides the best storage for all kinds of things besides clothing. Don’t fall into the trap of always looking for the perfect storage bin, like I tend to do.
Marie suggests you take one type of item at a time, gather it all up and dump it on the floor! Then select what you want to keep, rather than what you want to get rid of. Continually ask yourself the questions “Does it spark joy?” If not, then let it go. Chances are you will not miss it!
The key is to touch everything and only put back the things in your home/office/studio that you really want. Start with clothes, then books, papers, komono (misc.), and mementos. Download this free KonMari checklist (for those that love to feel the accomplishment of checking things off), compliments of fellow blogger, Jersha (& Dep).  http://jershaanddup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Colorful-Konmari-Checklist.pdf
Repeat: Keep only the things that speak to your heart. Discard the rest. And by discard, we hope she means give away, donate and recycle! I believe it may be a good idea to imagine what you what your home to look like after it’s decluttered. Clip some photos from magazines or make an online photo collection for your personal inspiration.
Resistance to discarding things is that they have value. Recognize the four types of value:
Functional, informational, emotional, and rare things.
A dramatic reorganization will cause a dramatic change in lifestyle, including better relationships and weight loss. Yes, this is true, the act of letting go is very metaphysical and physical.
i.e. House in order = Affairs + Past in order
Be surrounded by only the things that bring you joy. As a practical homesteader, I stumbled on this one, but I realized that I can keep canning jars because canning at harvest brings me joy!
Most people would prefer to live in a clean and tidy space. Agree or disagree? Discuss amongst yourselves (or with me!)
Freeing space will create room for the things you really want. TRUE
Marie Kondo says she has a 100% success rate! Once the client finds the balance and sweet spot.
Reminder: the urge to point out someone else’s failure to tidy is usually a sign that you are neglecting to take care of your own space. Vehicles included: note to self.
Put clothes in drawers standing up. I had to go online and take a look at this method. I started implementing this and it does make perfect sense. Ikea and the $1 Store have drawer inserts that can help with this.
In the closet, heavy (coats) to the left to lighter items on the rights, so they rise to the right.
Don’t store off-season clothing. It’s too much effort to switch it back and forth.
Books categories are: general, practical, visual, and zines. Put them in a big pile on the floor from all the areas of your home and only select the ones that spark joy to keep. (This is a tough one of lots of people and you can bet to hear lots of arguments in your head. I decided that certain books represent deep meaning around future interests and endeavors I have not yet gotten to but that I really like knowing I can pick them up at any time and revisit a dormant passion.)
Papers –general rule is discard everything, she says! 3 categories: currently in use, needed for a limited time, kept indefinitely. Papers in one spot only. Don’t let them spread. Ideally the in-box (currently in use) should be empty. Don’t’ underestimate the noise of written info.
Store like items together. Don’t scatter storage. Keep it simple. Keep separate storage for each person.
Everyone needs a sanctuary.
Ask your home what it wants, and thank your home for providing comfort and ease.
Make a shrine or altar. This helps bring the small meaningful things together.
Your worthwhile possessions are your strong allies.
Letting go is even more important than adding.
Have confidence in the decision making process.
Question what you own and how you want to live your life.
Tidying is a celebration! The act of restoring balance among people, their possessions and the house they live in.
Like Marie Kondo, I grew up studying home style magazines. I also redid my room and my mother’s kitchen cupboards at 10 or 11. It was my way of improving things and manifesting the beautiful.  Working from the inside out is a great meditation. Marie Kondo’s book is well worth reading. I observed how it seems almost too simple and obvious, but as the information settled in fo a few days, I realized how subtly brilliant is was.
~Nina Jackson

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