The KonMari Method™
Introduced by Japanese Tidying Consultant Marie Kondo in her best-selling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up™, and later her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the KonMari Method™ has become internationally famous because of its unfathomable promise to never revert to clutter again. As Austin's first Certified KonMari Consultant at the Gold level (more than 200 tidying hours), I help clients wishing to achieve transformative results in their home. The main principles of the KonMari Method™ are:
Commit to tidying up once and for all. Tidying should be done completely, all at once, as quickly as possible (3-6 months is ideal). This allows you to experience the effects of having your whole home in order. 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. Before considering your storage needs, you must finish discarding first.
Tidy by category, not location. Rather than organizing one space at a time, you must complete 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.