Life Changing Method of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a lesson in her “KonMari” method of tidying and decluttering. My biggest takeaway from her method is that you should have a home with things that only spark joy, only things that you love. You must tidy and de-clutter quickly, thoroughly, and in one go. She claims that if you follow her method, you will never have a relapse because her method changes your mindset. No relapses?! Sounds great, but Kondo’s version of quickly is about six months. I have a kid so I’m thinking this could actually take six years.
I have started some of her method. I did clean out my closet resulting in two trash bags filled with clothes that didn’t spark joy. She’s very specific about the order of categories that you discard by. Kondo warns that you are not to begin organizing until you have first discarded -- something I’m finding very difficult to do. I confess I have cheated a little and watched YouTube videos on her folding method and even started to put it into practice.
Overall she makes some excellent points. The main idea of the book is very attractive. Who doesn’t want to live in a tidy home where they love everything that they own? While it will take quiet a while for me to de-clutter and organize according to her method, I have adopted some of her other tips in the meantime. For example, I’ve begun cleaning out my purse every night, getting rid of receipts, wrappers, etc. I’ve also stopped storing shampoos and soaps in the shower where the bottoms can get slimy and moldy, and instead store them on the counter outside the shower.
There are parts of her method that I find a little odd. I don’t really want to thank clothes that I’m discarding for their service and wish them well on their next adventure. Just can’t do it.
Kondo believes tidying up helps us detoxify our lives and focus on what we really want out of life. The KonMari method is meant to transform your life, change your mindset, and help you focus on what you are passionate about in life. She doesn’t want you to spend the rest of your life tidying up. She wants you to tidy up so that you can bring order and purpose to your life.
If you’re looking to tidy up your home and gain some life perspective, I would recommend reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Even if you don’t adopt her entire method, you’ll learn about tidying up from someone who is intensely passionate about the subject and brings in a unique perspective and helpful tips.
By Jessica Cohen, Owner and Instructor of Baby Boot Camp in Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City