How to Spark Joy – The KonMari method

Today I want to talk about Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up. The book is about her method, called KonMari, where she teaches a way of removing clutter from your home and promoting joy through the possessions you surround yourself with.

Does it Spark Joy? a journey to a more organized life with the KonMari method

The summer of 2015 I moved back to Norway after living two years in England. Before I moved to England in the first place I had stored most of my things in my parents attic, then I had left, promptly forgot all about most of it, and bought new stuff in England. So not only did I have all my things from before, I also came back with more things than I had previously owned. At this point I guess you can see the problem? Now, some of the things I had left in Norway I was really happy to rediscover; my tea mugs, favorite books, photo albums and some clothes I’ve used a lot since. But honestly most of it was things I had already forgotten I owned. I did what I considered a big sort and clean, I threw quite a lot of things away and I donated even more. However it doesn’t seem to have done a whole lot of difference. Enter Marie Kondo.

I’ve been looking for a long time for a method that will satisfy my need for systems and organizing. And I think I’ve found that in Marie Kondo’s simple method of decluttering and organizing. Here are the steps she outlines in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying:

Visualize your destination

Before you start tidying it’s important that you visualize your destination. Where do you want to go? What do you want your life to feel like and be like once you have finished? Marie Kondo says that you should never keep things that belong to the you of the past, but to focus on the person you are now and the person you want to be in the future.

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

Does it spark joy?

Marie Kondo says that you should decide what to keep instead of deciding what to throw away. When you do that you should hold every item and ask yourself: Does it spark joy? If the answer is yes you keep it, if not it’s gone! It’s such a simple concept, but it also goes against everything I’ve done before. I can’t wait to try it out on my own things and see how much of it actually spark joy.

“when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

Sort by category, not location

All my life I have tidied by choosing a room to focus on, usually something specific like my bedroom, but sometimes by deciding to tidy all surfaces for instance. Marie Kondo says that tidying like this means you will use a lot of time moving things around, without ever realizing what you actually own. By doing it this way, you never get a clear picture of what you should keep, and you might feel unmotivated by never seemingly making a difference. Instead the KonMari method says you should collect all items within one category and tackle it all in one go.

 

To inspire me and others to make this positive change in our life I made a group board on Pinterest. Join me in sharing awesome content that I am confident will spark joy!

Følg Tales tavle KonMari | How to spark joy | Marie Kondo Group Board på Pinterest.

To join:

  1. Follow me on Pinterest
  2. Send an email to tale(at)findingnorth(dot)no with subject: KONMARI GROUP BOARD REQUEST
  3. Remember to include your Pinterest email address so I can invite you.
  4. Sit back and relax, you will soon receive your invite to spread the joy!

 

Update: I’ve finished my clothes! 

 

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Has anyone else read the book? Have you already tried the KonMari method? Any advice for a newbie like me?

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  • Hi Tale, I also read the book and loved it! Her approach is ‘simple’ and straight-forward. She really takes your feelings into consideration and helps you get rid of everything you don’t really need. What I also love about her approach is that it is not about getting rid of everything. It’s about only surrounding yourself with things you love. So for me it’s ok to have a wall of books, but a lot of other stuff can go away and I never miss it 🙂 I love that you created a Pinterest group board for it, and I will send an official join request in a second!

    Also I really enjoyed reading this blog post. It was to the point, a great introduction for people who don’t know the book and still fun to read for someone who does <3

    • I completely agree with all of that Sandra! It really helps me figure out what is important to me. And yes, a wall of books and less of other things for me as well ^^

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it <3

  • I read the book also and just “does this bring you joy” was key for me. Taking it out of the back of closet, sometime even trying it on and saying “this is no longer me” or maybe it never was. Felt good about getting rid of stuff I had kept for years just in case. Love books so excited to see someone else reading and discussing them. Currently I am reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris as book club over at Free People Blog. Found on you Blogging Boost!

    • Yes, I agree. The ‘does it bring joy’ seems like the best bit. I’m getting started with my clothes today, and I’m really excited about it 😀 I’ve been wanting to read 10% Happier, it seems really good!

  • Nothing makes me happier than a good clean – I wish I could throw away half of my stuff every week for a quick endorphine rush. Alas, it happens only once in few months 🙂 Still, I highly recommend living clutterless – makes taking photos with myriads of props borderline impossible (my poor Instagram suffers because of it!), but makes one happier too.