If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo and her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo by now, then you’re missing out. Based on her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this series features 8 feel-good episodes of real-life people organizing their homes and lives with Kondo’s help.
The idea is simple: you keep the objects that spark joy in your life and discard those that don’t. How do you accomplish such a feat? Kondo suggests that we tackle our belongings by category, starting with clothing, then books, papers, miscellaneous items, and, finally, sentimental items like photos and family heirlooms. This method, called the KonMari method, has taken the world by storm and has inspired countless of homeowners to reassess their belongings and create joyful, decluttered environments.
Here are our favorite takeaways from Marie Kondo and her tidying-up method:
Sort Through Categories, Not Rooms – Have you ever found yourself starting to declutter your home office or spare bedroom only to feel overwhelmed and stop? Take it from Marie Kondo herself – tackle categories, not rooms. For example, place every book you own in one room and sort through them there. You’ll be more likely to complete the work at hand this way.
Decluttering Makes Us Happier – It’s no secret that clutter can make us feel more anxious and overwhelmed. Fortunately, even the simple act of picking things up and putting them away can greatly improve our mood. Take it one step further with the KonMari method and intentionally surround yourself with the things that only give you happiness.
Respect What You Have – It’s difficult to truly care for your belongings when everything is piled haphazardly on the floor. Kondo suggests considering our belongings’ feelings throughout the process. Would your favorite shirts feel happy being carelessly shoved into the dresser? Probably not. When you start thinking of your things this way, you come to really appreciate what you have.
Guilt Should Never Dictate What You Keep – As you go through the decluttering process, you will stumble across items that make you feel guilty. Maybe it’s a cute dress you bought on clearance but never wore because it didn’t fit you (or suit your personality). If you’re holding on to items out of obligation, then you probably aren’t feeling joy. Never let guilt be a good reason to make you hold onto unwanted objects. Remember, decluttering is about bringing you joy, not pain!
Decluttering Feels Awesome – While your life might first be turned upside down as you organize all the clutter, you’re going to feel fantastic once you get rid of the things you don’t want or need. Clearing out the clutter will help you feel more productive and more organized, which will make you feel insanely good.
You’ll See Your House Anew – For those looking for a new home, decluttering is a great way to showcase your house. Looking to stay? Streamlining your possessions will help you see your home in a new light and will help you fall head-over-heels in love with it again!
It’s an Ongoing Process (and That’s Okay) – Decluttering isn’t just an action – it’s a lifestyle. You’ll never be done organizing and paring down what you have, and that’s okay! To make it a habit, you’ll have to keep yourself in check and minimize splurges at the store. Don’t worry, though – this gets easier in time!
What do you think about the KonMari method? Have you watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix show? Be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments below!