'Keep only those things that speak to your heart'. - Marie Kondo
The Art of Tidying Up
The KonMari Method™
'Look more closely at what is there'. - Marie Kondo
Reprinted from SPARK JOY Copyright © 2015 by Marie Kondo. Illustrations copyright © 2012, 2015 by Masako Inoue. Published by Ten Speed Press
The KonMari Method™
Six basic rules of tidying by the KonMari Method™
1. Commit yourself to tidying
Approach your tidying journey with a clear vision and you will find and hold the energy and motivation throughout the process.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle
The tidying process signifies a turning point, so seriously consider the ideal lifestyle to which you aspire.
3. Finish discarding first
Discarding is not the main goal of the KonMari Method™, yet it is an important part of the process because it provides an opportunity to learn from your past experiences. After you have discarded you can fully bring your energy and attention to that what brings you joy.
4. Tidy by category, not by location
When you tidy by location, you will be repeating the same work over and over again. Tidying by category gives you a clear grasp of the amount of items you own, per category.
5. Follow the right order
Tidy your belongings in the following order - clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous) and sentimental items.
6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy
Focus on what you want to keep by asking yourself if belongings spark joy, so you can clearly relate to what you love – and what you need.
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Marie Kondo is a Japanese tidying expert and the author of the bestseller 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' (2011).
Marie Kondo has created a tidying method that is regarded as the most effective approach to decluttering . It is truly a life changing experience as it brings awareness to the way we relate to our possessions and provides insight in the patterns we have developed. It therefore profoundly changes our habits towards living the life we want.
The KonMari Method™ appeals to so many of us for its simplicity, clarity and long-lasting results.
The method consists of gathering all your belongings, one category at a time, focusing on choosing and keeping only those items that spark joy and designating a home for everything. If belongings no longer spark joy to you, they are respectfully let go of.
The KonMari Method™ has you address your relationship with your belongings and allows you to evaluate them by consciously considering its value in your life. An introspective, mindful and forward-looking process about choosing what you want to surround yourself with. Because what you surround yourself with defines your life.