Happy Spring Ya’ll! I know it is FEBRUARY, but apparently we are starting early this year! Thanks to the warm weather, daffodils blooming and new grass it seems it is time to SPRING CLEAN. And while planning my spring clean this year I discovered something I want to share…the life changing Kon Mari Method.
Ok, yes, I plan my spring cleaning. And, I’ll also admit that I LOVE to organize. For example, cleaning out a kitchen drawer is something I do for fun. Nothing gives me more pleasure than a trip to a store with an aisle filled with cute boxes, baskets and bins. I edit my possessions regularly and donate to local thrift stores every month. My storage is compartmentalized, labeled, and on point. Or so I thought. Recently several YouTube videos have been on my feed focusing on de-cluttering and organizing with the Kon Mari Method. “Huh?,” I thought. “What the heck is the Kon Mari Method?”
The Kon Mari Method is the brainchild of Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizational expert who has written several books on the “life-changing magic of tidying up.” The basic premise is that you go through your belongings, category by category (not room by room), and as you examine each item you ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If the item does not make you happy then you eighty-six it. In other words you get rid of anything and everything that you don’t absolutely love. Hmmmmm….using this method, even if you are hyper-organized like me, you WILL find things to get rid off, in amazing quantities. Then you can uber organize everything that is left.
Basically, if you only keep the belongings that SPARK JOY, your things can become a delightful display such as this:
If you are interested in Kon Mari-ing your own things, do the following:
I mean if your your closet looks like this….
Using the Kon Mari Method you can end up with a closet like this:
Yes! I love that using this method you can end up with a huge pile of stuff to donate to help others; you get more room in your drawers, cabinets and closets; and you can enjoy the luxury of only owning items you LOVE. I am working on my categories, starting with clothing. It is surprising how much you will purge if you pick up each item and really ask yourself if it makes you happy. Not how much you paid for it, if it was a gift, or if you think you might need it one day….just does it “spark joy.” This simple question is causing bag after bag of clothes to leave my house.
If you are so inclined, please visit Marie Kondo’s website at tidyingup.com for a much better explanation of her method.
Here she is doing the perfect fold. #FoldGoals. Isn’t she adorable?
You can also purchase her books if you are interested in getting the whole story on the Kon Mari Method in more detail:
Spark Joy, $12.91, at Walmart, click here.
and, The life-changing magic of tidying up, $10.19, at Walmart, click here.