Tidy Your Home by the 6 Basic Rules of the KonMari Method™
Updated: Jan 18, 2021
Decluttering and organizing your home is a great way to create space for your dreams and desires. Tidying is not the ultimate goal of the KonMari Method™ but a means to live your ideal lifestyle. Tidying helps to clear up physical clutter and emotional ballast by getting rid of unnecessary distractions. It creates awareness into your daily behaviors and patterns and can change ingrained habits into new loving routines. Living your best life will naturally follow.
‘Life truly begins after you have put your house in order’ – Marie Kondo
Unfortunately, we often start tidying our homes and fail to finish, because we simply feel overwhelmed by our stuff or lost in the process.
This time it is going to be different! Why? Because the KonMari Method™ offers you a clear, simple and very effective method to achieve your goal of tidying and organizing your home. It is a journey of turning inward, to reflect on your personal story, your relationship to your belongings and redefine what truly sparks joy to you.
With these six basic rules of the KonMari Method™ you can embark your tidying festival with confidence and success.
The six basis rules of the KonMari Method™
1. Commit yourself to tidying up
Tidying up by the principles of the KonMari Method™ is making a commitment to examine your relationship with your belongings, to live with only those things that you love and have the courage to let go of everything else. It takes dedication, time and energy.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle
Why do you want to tidy? What kind of (daily) life do you aspire to live? A clear vision of your ideal lifestyle helps to clarify your goals and stay motivated and focused in the tidying process. Mood boards are a wonderful way to visualize the ideal lifestyle you pursue.
3. Finish discarding first
When tidying we ultimately strive to a practical and beautifully organized house, where all of our belongings have a designated home. But before you start storing, it is best to finish discarding first so you have an accurate grasp of how much actually needs to be stored. So, during the tidying process, consider all storage solutions as temporary and focus on sorting all categories first.
4. Tidy by category, not by location
A key element of the KonMari Method™ is to tidy by category rather than by location. People often store the same type of items in more than one place. When we tidy each place separately, we fail to see that we're repeating the same work in many locations. You can only grasp how much you have if you gather all the items of one (sub)category in one spot. Only then you’re able to make clear decisions about whether to keep or let go of your belongings.
5. Follow the right order
The order of categories is: clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous) and finally, sentimental items. The order is designed to help you hone your ability to distinguish what sparks joy and allows you to get comfortable with the process. The KonMari Method™ consists of gathering all of your belongings in a pile, one (sub)category at a time.
6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy
Hold your belongings firmly in both hands. Do you feel a little thrill in your body, does it uplift your senses and soul? The KonMari Method™ focuses on choosing what you want to keep rather than what you want to part with by asking yourself 'does it spark joy'? The ultimate goal is to keep only those items that support you in your ideal lifestyle. If belongings no longer spark joy to you or have served their purpose, say 'thank you' and let go respectfully.
Do you feel overwhelmed or lost in your tidying process? Do you think you will never finish? Contact me for support!