I wouldn’t say I am messy. But sometimes you simply don’t wanna do everything and push all your work to do another time. And then you blame, your parents, neighbours, the weather etc. you were so lazy to arrange few things that grew to a mountain. I am joking, but sometimes I found myself in such situation. Is it only laziness? And is there a way out?
I often asked myself these questions till I found out there is a method that can solve the problem. I’m talking about the “KonMari Method”.
Several weeks ago I realized that “everyone” is talking about one and the same person: Marie Kondo. And about tidying up. The world is tidying up. I was very intrigued what is behind that. Looked for some infos and was very surprised as I knew it is really about tidying up. That there are people that have troubles to make order in their homes, working place etc. and they look for some methods to make it easier for them to organize themselves – there is no surprise. But what fascinated me was – how simple the method is.
But first about the person: Who is Marie Kondo?
Marie Kondo is a japanese organizing expert. She wrote four books about tidying up that have been translated into many languages and sold in millions of copies. She developed a method for better tidying that is called after her: the KonMari method. Since January 2019 Netflix started a series “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” where she appears to help people organize their homes. She’s got an own website in English you can visit: http://www.konmari.com
What is the KonMari method?
First of all the method or Marie promises that if you get to organize once your place the right way, you don’t have to do it again. The most important thing is: every item should have its own place.
There are 6 rules and I add from my side how did I understand them:
- Commit yourself to tidying up – you have to want to tide your place and it is the most difficult in my eyes to fight your laziness.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle – you have to know how should be organized/look your ideal place of living/working.
- Finish discarding first – you should first gather all the items you want to organize together and decide what you want to keep and what not.
- Tidy by category not by location – don’t start tidying room-by-room, but classify into categories ( clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, sentimental items ).
- Follow the right order – make sure you follow the exact order of your checklist.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy – keep each item only if you feel it makes you lucky.
I wanna try it!
So thought I at last and decided to try it. But what to organize first? I decided to order first my bookshelves. They were for months in terrible disorder and I found it is time to clean up.
So it were rules 1 and 4. And now rule 2: I should imagine how I want it to be organized. I did!
Now rule 3: I took out all the items from the shelves, cleaned them and the shelves from dust. And I have the whole time all the steps of the process in my mind: rule 5.
Rule 6: I started to decide do I need this item and if not to trash it. In a few minutes I made a little pile.
And there were things I kept for years and didn’t want to throw away.
Now the result. And I am happy, now I know where to find what I am looking for.
I must say, I am excited about this method and it makes fun to clean up. I definitely wanna try it again for other categories. Thank you, Marie Kondo!
Have a nice time all you clean up maniacs (laughing) 🙂