The KonMari Method™
Internationally famous thanks to Netflix’s hit 2019 show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, following her best-selling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up™, the KonMari Method™ is all about “sparking joy” and promising to end the cycle of clutter. As a Certified KonMari Consultant at the Gold level (more than 1,000 hours of experience), I help clients wishing to achieve transformative results in their home by organizing holistically, rather than just one area at a time, following these principles:
Commit to tidying up once and for all. Think of this as a once-in-a-lifetime tidying event. It should be done completely as quickly as possible (within 3-6 months is ideal). This allows you to experience the effects of having your whole home in order, and your mindset around STUFF after this marathon tidying event will be forever changed. Once you have experienced these results, you will be motivated and possess the tools to keep it that way.
Envision your ideal lifestyle Before you start tidying, take the time to imagine your ideal home environment and lifestyle, your true WHY for tidying. This vision will carry you through the tidying journey.
Finish discarding first. We haven’t been able to stay organized so far because we simply have too much stuff. Now is the time to consider all that we have, show our gratitude for it, and then make intentional decisions about what belongs in our lives and what has served us but now can be let go. Before considering your storage needs, you must finish discarding first. (I.e. don’t start your tidying journey at Target.)
Tidy by category, not location. Rather than organizing one space at a time, you must thoroughly inventory your belongings one category at a time to ensure you confront each and every object you own. Categories include clothing, books, paper, komono (miscellaneous), & sentimental. Download the complete checklist here. Once you’ve completed discarding in each category, you’ll establish homes for everything you wish to keep.
Keep only what SPARKS JOY! The criterion to decide what to keep must be JOY, because what other reason could be more important? Through this process, you'll heighten your sensitivity to joy and increase your mindfulness about what you buy and how you take care of it. This mental shift is what ensures you keep your home organized for good.