It was a year ago. I was packing for a weekend trip for my birthday. I thought to myself, I will only pack the clothes that I love so that I feel special. Then another thought popped to my head: Wait, what? Why would I have any clothes that I do not love?!
This is when I decided to declutter my wardrobe and my house using the KonMari Method™.
Marie Kondo is Japan's decluttering guru and bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her method is a revolutionary approach to discarding and organizing the items that you own and your surroundings.
- You should clean up and declutter your belongings by category, not by room.
- For each item that you own, ask yourself: Does it spark joy? If not, it is better to let it go.
- Each item should have its designated place.
- The key is to store things standing up rather than laid flat.
Apart from general tips on tidying up and organising, Marie Kondo also hints us on how to simplify to avoid storing excess stuff: she tackles the problems of overloaded handbags, unnecessary presents, or digital clutter.
My realisations and snapshots after KonMaring my space:
Storing my clothes upwards is the best way to see all of them (it is extremely easy, too!)
Shoe boxes are the only kind of boxes that I need for my clothes and accessories
Never before was my cosmetics bag so transparent and simple
Of course, the method is not that easy. You have to devote a few days to go through each and every category but it is certainly worth it.
Also, the method may seem quirky at times. Thanking the items for serving their purpose or not tying up stockings as it would disturb their 'time to rest' is not commonplace in my culture. But when you really come to think of it, it makes more and more sense.
But wait, there's more!
Did you know that you can also download the KonMari application to guide you through the tidying process and checklist and also share your progress and get inspiration from the decluttering community?
Or that you can become a certified KonMari consultant (or hire one to help you cleanse and organise)?