By now you have probably heard of Marie Kondo and KonMari method of organization and tiding your home. If not, let me share a few links to get you started! Her website, which offers a wealth of tips and information, her first book, which was was a New York Times best-seller, and finally, the trailer to her new show on NetFlix, Tiding Up with Marie Kondo. She states her mission in life is to spark joy through cleaning and tidying. Now before you roll your eyes and quit reading, hear me out. I was very skeptical of this method at first. As someone who has loved organizing and tiding all my life, I felt like I had a good handle on all of this and the last thing I needed was to learn a whole new method, the proverbial you can’t teach an old dog new tricks mentality. But after reading the books and most recently, watching her show on Netflix, I have changed my tune. This old dog is excited to report she is happily using new tricks and having great results! Throughout the next few months, I will be reviewing the different aspects of this method and how it can help you make the best possible use of the space you have been blessed with. I honestly feel that whatever stage of life you are in, this method can benefit you, not only in organizing and caring for your possessions but in dealing with the mental clutter that plagues us all. When your surroundings are cluttered and messy, it affects your entire life. While the terms neat and clean are subjective, everyone performs better in an environment that has some semblance of order to it. And the feelings of pride and self-confidence that come alongside getting control of your space once and for all are genuinely life-changing.
“The moment you start tidying, you reset your life.”
Her system is a daunting one, as you will see on the trailer for her show. Most cleaning and organization methods have you go room by room, and what typically happens is you move one pile of stuff from room to room. With the KonMari method, you are attacking one category at a time. While this does make a bigger mess in the process, it is quite eye-opening to see all your things gathered in one place. It will not only shock you, but it will also help you to realize how much you have to be grateful for in your life. That is the ultimate goal of tidying up, to learn to cherish everything you have so you can achieve happiness within yourself and appreciate what you have. So take some time in the upcoming weeks to check out Marie’s new series, or check out her book (she has two books, but I highly recommend reading the first before beginning, it lays the groundwork for the entire system). I can promise you that a decluttered home will help you achieve an uncluttered mind, and that is something we all need more off in our lives!