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.
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!
- Follow me on Pinterest
- Send an email to tale(at)findingnorth(dot)no with subject: KONMARI GROUP BOARD REQUEST
- Remember to include your Pinterest email address so I can invite you.
- Sit back and relax, you will soon receive your invite to spread the joy!
Update: I’ve finished my clothes!
Has anyone else read the book? Have you already tried the KonMari method? Any advice for a newbie like me?
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