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I have a special talent. If I invited you to come to my home you would walk in and be in awe of how clean and put together it looks. Your eyes would move across the room and you would think of how nicely styled, or at least, how free of clutter it is. You’d glance around, noticing how each horizontal surface in my home looks purposefully decorated, supporting items that are meant to be there and free of any odds and ends that would typically collect on them.
But my special talent isn’t my ability to decorate or live a clutter free life.
Nope. Far from it. My talent lies in my ability to hide all the things.
You see, most days, the days where I don’t have guests coming into my home, those horizontal surfaces are anything but beautifully bare and decorated.
Most days, our TV stand collects used dishes, baby wipes, diapers, and pens. Most days, our end table collects charging cables and books. Most days, our countertops collect papers, mail, coins, and cereal boxes. Most days, our floor is usually covered with toys, the previous day’s play clothes, socks, shoes, and books.
Most days, we are overwhelmed with clutter.
Facing The Issue
The truth is, the disorganization in our home is so disruptive to our lives that it’s a constant source of stress and frustration. There are so many items without a designated place that we have to look for them anytime we need them.
There are so many items without a designated place that we have to look for them anytime we need them.
A computer charger will be placed on a table one day and hidden from view underneath the couch the next. Important documents will be shifted from desk to table to countertop to clear space when a surface is needed.
One shoe will be in the coat closet while the other is nowhere to be found. We are in constant battle with our things and it is so exhausting.
My husband and I talk about our lack of organization often and how it is such a pain point in our lives.
Do you ever feel the same way?
The Kon Mari Method
Growing up, I never took the time to learn how to organize my things properly so I knew I needed to find a resource to teach me how.
Naturally, I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration and found recommendations for a book titled, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
In this book, the author discusses what she calls her KonMari method. She promises that if you use her method properly, you will never have a cluttered and disorganized home again.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds good to me! I bought the book and thought I would share the 3 features that stood out to me!
1) Organize By Category
Although I don’t know much about organizing, I do know that most methods teach you to organize room by room. However, the Kon Mari Method suggests going category by category and in a specific order. Kondo claims that you should first begin by sorting through items where it is easier to make objective decisions and gradually make your way to items that have greater sentimental value, where emotions tend to play a role in what you decide to toss or keep. The hope is that by the time you get to items like photos and cards, you will be well-practiced in letting go of items and will be able to make better, well thought out decisions.
Clothing is the first category. You begin by grabbing every single item you own and place it all on your living room floor to sort through. Instead of tackling this category each time you get to a different room that contains clothing, you complete it all in the same go. Doing it this way allows you to see everything you own so you can make a more informed decision about what you need and want to keep.
2) Choose What You Will Keep
Another difference in the Kon Mari Method compared to others is that instead of choosing what to get rid of, you choose what you will keep. Instead of asking yourself if you hate an item and want to discard it, you ask if you love an item and have to keep it. I think approaching if from this angle could help to drastically reduce the number of items that are kept. If you only throw out what you hate, you will still end up with things that you are indifferent towards. By only keeping what you love you will ensure that every part of your home reflects you in the best possible way.
3) Keep Storage Simple
When it comes to storing your belongings, Kondo recommends not doing so until you have addressed each category and decluttered your entire home. She claims that this is the smartest and most efficient way to discover what your exact storage needs will be.
When the time comes to store your items, she suggests first using shoe boxes to organize and only buying prettier containers once you are happy with the placement of everything. For the most part, I think this is a great idea because you’ll save money in the beginning and practically eliminate the odds of purchasing storage units that aren’t right for your home.
Will The Kon Mari Method Be A Game Changer?
Creating an organized, functional, and clutter-free home is something I have wanted to do for a long time! Over the next few weeks and months, I plan to work through our home using the Kon Mari Method. Only time will tell if it will work for our family but I am hopeful it’s the right solution!
P.S. Have you ever tried the Kon Mari Method before? Did you love it or not? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment below!:)