Nowadays, I would be surprised to find someone who isn't aware of who is Marie Kondo, whether you have read her books, watched her on tv, internet, or enjoyed her Netflix tv show. This Japanese lady is an expert in the art of organizing and will teach us all with love and patience on how to keep the things we love and spark joy.
But if you are no familiar with her, or just heard her name but have never seen her in action or read about her decluttering methods, I want to share this post with you to discover how her teachings can be applied to create a minimalist lifestyle.
As a matter of fact, before minimalism, I found Marie first, and it was through her lessons that I naturally moved towards a more minimalist approach to things; I'm still a work in progress, but let me share some great tips to get you started.
1 Her book is not about minimalism; when asked about this topic, she answered that she doesn't consider herself a minimalist, but she sees how her teachings can overlap with minimalist concepts.
2 Marie doesn't teach organization at its core; instead, she will educate us on the art of decluttering and changing your mindset about all the things that enter and leave your home.
3 She will teach how to organize after decluttering, as you will learn to keep a focused mind on maintaining each area of your house clear, instead of doing a substantial deep cleaning each month, season, or year.
4 Marie always mentions that decluttering should be done at once, not bit by bit over time, as you will never experience the full benefit of seeing everything cleared, for her decluttering should be a once in a lifetime chore, not a seasonal task.
5 You are not supposed to store things in an orderly way either; the Konmari method is not big on keeping things (especially unwanted stuff) because it gives a false sensation that the issue has been solved.
6 This method is not about cleaning either, and even though cleaning will be a breeze with less stuff around, the central teaching is decluttering and organizing in that specific order.
7 Also, your decluttering should be done by category instead of a room; for example, all clothes, no matter where they are in the house, should be piled together in the same area and decluttered in one go.
8 Before decluttering, you want to visualize your ideal space with just the things you love.
9 The method involves two steps; declutter and organize; decluttering must be done first.
10 When you start decluttering, Marie wants you to focus on what to keep instead of what to throw; this approach changes your perspective into finding things you love. As you hold each item, ask yourself if it does spark joy and positive feelings in you; if the answer is yes, go ahead and keep it. If not, you can discard it.
11 To avoid failing along the process, Marie established a proper order to declutter, starting from clothes, considered an easy category, followed by books, papers, miscellaneous, and sentimental items at last because said things are the hardest to declutter.
12 There are certain aspects to keep in mind in each category; for example, when dealing with clothes, you want to start from top to bottom (as a shirt and then pants or skirts), accessories at last.
13 When dealing with clothes, think of what sparks joy, but also of how each piece will be store following the Konmari folding method (if you don't know how to do fold, YouTube has plenty of guides).
14 When you declutter, you are only allowed to do it with your belongings, under no circumstances declutter somebody else possessions, and don't allow anyone to watch you declutter your stuff; this is a personal decision nobody should influence.
15 She doesn't offer that many organizing options, as you shouldn't have too much to organize; in general, Marie prefers to organize by categories and place things vertically from papers to clothes, as it makes the best use available space and everything is at plain sight.
16 The process is somewhat ritualistic, as you say thanks to those objects that are leaving your life, and also you should maintain a connection with your home as you organize, let your place tell you what it needs.
17 And no matter what kind of person you are, this method will apply equally to anyone interested in trying it out; no matter what are your particular interests or hobbies, the result will be the same; we will keep only the things we love.
As you can see from this list, many aspects of Marie's lessons and minimalism overlap; we will only keep the things we love and spark joy in our life.
Even though some of those things might not be necessary for a minimalist lifestyle, if they are things you love, there is no reason to ditch them; minimalism is a guide, not a must-do list. Apply what resonates with you.
Finding the balance between the Konmari method and minimalism is an excellent idea for those who want to start a minimalist journey but are unsure where to start.
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