The clamor for happiness is a lifelong process. With so many problems in the world, how can you find order in this fast-paced society?
We tend to get buried in our responsibilities. Out of stress, we buy so much stuff we barely even use. Our houses feel like cramped storage spaces with no breathing room.
Marie Kondo found a solution to your future simple, minimalistic, and happy life. “KonMari” is a combination of her name (Kon-do, Mari-e) representing her principles in decluttering your home.
Similar and complementary to the Art of Wabi-Sabi, it promises to exude a stress-free, blissful, and relaxing atmosphere in your everyday living.
Before you reject the idea, it’s good to know that she became one of the most influential people in the 2015 list in Time Magazine. She is a consultant for people who want an organized home with waiting lists as long as 6-months!
Not everyone can consult her personally (6 months!). But you don’t have to wait that long. She brought her principles to her books, the “life-changing magic of tidying up” and “spark joy”, for everyone to benefit from.
So if you’re still not done with your spring-cleaning, here is how you can live a clutter-free life with KonMari.
First, Tackle Organization By Item Type Not By Room
Contrary to popular cleaning methods, Marie Kondo suggests that we organize by type of item, not by room. The thinking behind this is that certain type of item categories are scattered across different rooms.
To easily decide on the item’s usefulness, we must scour all the rooms for similar types. And judge accordingly.
In this order, these are classified as clothes, books and paper, komono (miscellaneous items), and mementos. We start with easiest to hardest as this may be a time-consuming process.
Ask yourself: “Does It Spark Joy?”
After compiling the items, now we judge. It is important to note that we focus not on how many we should throw or what is not useful as of the moment. What we focus on is the happiness each item can give us.
Pretty vague isn’t it? But Marie Kondo instructs us to hold the item and ask this question: “Does it spark joy?” Yes. You literally ask while holding.
It may sound absurd but you feel something inside you when it’s meant to be kept. You will feel your “body go up” as she says.
If it doesn’t, you will not be keeping it. No “what if it can be useful in the future”. It goes out. But to part ways, you should thank the item for its service before you get rid of it.
This teaches you to respect your belongings.
Storing Your Valuables
Now that you just have your most joy-giving belongings. It’s time to put them in places where you can appreciate and easily access it.
You can use shoe boxes as storage spaces inside your drawer for your socks and other small items. For your closet, hang your clothes from longest to shortest where a line goes upward. Similar to this picture:
With this, it looks more peaceful and more organized. It’s like seeing art whenever you access your wardrobe. The feeling is light. And it’s something you look forward too.
KonMari Folding Techniques
Aside from these Zen-like principles, KonMari has produced an innovative way to fold your clothes. Yes! Folding Clothes!
It’s a vertical fold where it takes little space, and you can see the clothes without the need to dig at the bottom. It doesn’t even wrinkle the items!
If you can’t visualize how it looks, these are some examples:
It looks complicated but you can watch these videos to help you fold your way to simplicity.
Folding tutorials for:
I know. It feels like the deities held your hand while arranging your stuff. It looks heavenly.
Towards Closet Nirvana
With that, you are done with the KonMari process. Look at how everything you own now has meaning. And it certainly looks pleasing in the eye, right?
This will not only help you with your belongings today. It will give you mindfulness over the things you currently own. In the process, you are able to discern better when you pick other things to add to your possessions. You now carefully think if that additional purchase will give you happiness.
You will also not need to “clean and declutter” anymore because everything is in place.
For what it’s worth, this almost one-time thing will bring us joy that trickles down to your future. Ultimately, this serenity at home will give you a baseline for challenges of the outside world.
Hopefully, this will help in bringing you a stress-free, minimalist, and happy life. Or, at the very least, a clean closet.