The question of what you want to own is really the question of how you want to live your life, says Marie Kondo. The Japanese cleaning consultant takes tidying to a whole new level with the KonMari Method, defined by a category-to category approach. If you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again, she promises.
Lesson #1 Tackle categories, not rooms
Deal with every single one of your books at once, for example, otherwise they’ll continue to creep from room to room, and you’ll never rein in the clutter. Begin with clothing, since it’s the least emotionally loaded of one’s things. Books come next, old photographs are much later. When you start to go through your things, put blinders on and focus only on the category of stuff at hand. Read one old letter, and suddenly you’re down a rabbit hole of nostalgia.
Lesson #2 Do it all at once, and do it now
Ignore all the advice about tidying for 15 minutes at a time, or getting rid of one thing a day, or starting with the bedroom. You need to set aside some time and tackle everything all together. But do it as soon as possible.
Lesson #3 Discard first, sort and tidy later
‘Do not even think of putting your things away until you have finished the process of discarding,’ says Kondo. ‘As soon as you think, “I wonder if it will fit in this drawer,” the work of discarding comes to a halt. You can think about where to put things when you’ve finished getting rid of everything you don’t need.’
Lesson #4 Throw away everything you don’t love
If you want to achieve true tidiness, you need to really think about the things you are throwing away – don’t throw away randomly, instead hold each item in your hand and think about its meaning to you. Let go with love. It’s okay to say goodbye.
Lesson #5 Don’t buy expensive or complicated storage equipment
Our insatiable need for ‘better storage’ comes from having too much stuff in the first place – and once stored away in your latest pretty box, your things are forgotten about and you’ve just added another box of stuff to your life.
From the best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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