The KonMari method has taught me more than just decluttering my house.
If you haven't heard by now, Marie Kondo and her Netflix original Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, is changing the way tons of people are cleaning their homes through the KonMari method. I know what you're probably thinking because I thought the same thing when I first saw this all over social media, 1-What the heck is KonMari? & 2-How is a netflix show going to change the way I clean. Buckle kids, let me tell ya how.
Let's start with what KonMari is, exactly. Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.
The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items.
The KonMari Method encourages you to keep things that only speak to the heart, or as Marie would say, items that "spark joy." People are so drawn to her philosophy not only because of the effectiveness, but because it places an importance on being mindful and always looking-forward in our life paths.
Now, there are six basic rules to tidying. And I'll be real honest with you-I hate cleaning. HATE it. And I swore up and down that I was not going to get into this show. But little Marie is very persuasive so here we are.
1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
Not going to lie, most times I can't even make it past this step.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
*Surrounded by dogs. lots of dogs. Oh, and margaritas.*
Ok Jess, focus. Channel your inner Marie.
3. Finish discarding first.
I am such a hoarder. I think I get it from my mom (love you mom). But I spent forever on this step.
4. Tidy by category, not by location.
Easy enough. Until I get distracted.
5. Follow the right order.
I have a problem with following directions in general, not really my forte.
6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
Alright, I'm sorry Marie, all 62 of my t-shirts from high school and college still spark some kind of joy. They're staying.
But through my struggles and distractions of tidying, I did it. Yay me!
I understand this is a fantastic cleaning method for most people however, my point of this post is I took away a lot more than just a cleaning method. (You know me, always gotta deep think everything.) The more you think about the KonMari method though, the more you realize you can apply this to your overall life. Think about it--this method is all about keeping items that spark joy. If those items no longer spark some type of joy, you thank the item for what they have provided, move to the discard pile and look forward. Simple right? So why don't we apply this to our lives?
If there's something in your life that no longer brings joy and happiness to you- whether it is a job, a habit, a lifestyle choice you've made or even people, it's time to say thank you and look forward. This is honestly an extremely refreshing process for your personal life as it leaves so much room for growth and happiness.
This method made me take a step back and look at my habits and my lifestyle and remove the pieces I needed to in order to make room for bigger and better joys to come.
If you're looking for a refreshing show to binge watch on Netflix and you're ready to tidy up your life, I highly recommend you watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
That Marie Kondo, she'll not only change your cleaning ways, but she'll impact your life a little too.
Side note, does anybody else want to to take a tour of Marie's house? Because same.