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The KonMari Method of Tidying Up: My Experience – Part One

I recently purchased Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” after hearing so many people swear by her method. I love that its premise is decluttering unnecessary things, because I think I may be a secret minimalist in a hoarder’s body.

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I can’t tell you how many times I have bookmarked or pinned articles on different techniques on how to declutter a room, a drawer, my life. I may also have a few episodes of Tiny House saved on my DVR. The minimalist lifestyle is something that I am curious about, because my life has become the complete opposite. I have donated bags and bags of items, but my home is still filled with so much stuff. I can’t seem to get rid of the clutter for good, so naturally this book is right up my alley.

I thought it would be fun to write a 3-part series on my experience with the KonMari method, since I am clearly her target market. The final post will be my review of the book and her process, and if it really worked for me. I’d love for anyone to try this method as well, right along with me.

Let’s get into what this method is all about. I really recommend buying or borrowing the book, because it really needs to be read in order to grasp the entire scope of the method, why it works, and how it can benefit you.

What is the KonMari Method & How is it Different?

The KonMari Method differs from other ways of decluttering and tidying in two major ways. First, rather than decluttering a little at a time, day by day, Kondo’s method involves making it a major event, so you never have to do it again. She states that all of her clients who have successfully completed her course have never reverted back to clutter again. 

According to her, this is because decluttering a little at a time does not give you a change of mindset. You simply do not see the results needed for a permanent change. When you make it a major event and do it all at once, you will see instant results. You have a distinct view of the before and of the after. 

The major theme of the book is that you need to change your habits, and in order to do so, you need to change your way of thinking. This major overhaul, all-in-one-shot moment, is the reason this change of mindset happens while using her method.

Secondly, rather than decluttering room by room, Kondo recommends cleaning by category in a particular order: clothing, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and finally, sentimental items.

Part two of the series will focus more on the discarding part of this journey. Have you tried the KonMari method? Has it worked for you? If you are following along and plan on doing this yourself, let me know in the comments!

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