How I Used The Marie Kondo Technique To Tidy Up My Home

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I recently finished doing KonMari on my home with the help of Kinga of Bring Delight. A KonMari Organization Consultant. There are very few people in the world who are KonMari method consultants and have gone through the proper training. Kinga, who is a lovely woman living in Atlanta, is one of them. She reached out to me to help me declutter and tidy my home the KonMari way. There must’ve been something in the universe telling me to get organized. Between the overhaul of my business processes and the desire to redecorate, Kinga appeared in my inbox. And it was perfect timing.

I do feel like you have to be in the headspace to want to do this. If you aren’t, you won’t succeed. I was ready to purge and declutter. My home was making me feel overwhelmed and unhappy as clutter often can do. I hated how it felt messy from all my “things”. As a blogger who receives quite a few packages and always has a pile of “things to shoot” I needed to purge so I can tuck away these items and create a system of arrivals/shooting/etc. Plus, I’ve been living in my home for 10+ years and things have just accumulated. My space was in need of reorganizing and purging. Kinga to the rescue!

What Is The Marie Kondo Method?

The concept of the KonMari method is to declutter and tidy your home in such a way that you only have to do it once. Because once you do it you’ll never have to do it again. After you complete it, you will only bring things into your home that are intentional and spark joy and serve a purpose. The process is not room by room, but instead, organized by category.

The 5 KonMari Categories
  1. Clothing – this includes jackets, shoes, bags and accessories
  2. Books
  3. Paper
  4. Kimono (basically everything else)
  5. Sentimental

You go in this order for a few reasons. Clothing is always the largest category and once you get through it, you’ll have fine-tuned your KonMari technique and ability to decipher what sparks joy. Which can be harder to do with things like sentimental! You’ll go in order and complete each category before going to the next one. Once completed, every item in your home will have a place. And you’ll know what things spark joy and which ones do not.

Marie Kondo Method Steps

The following steps are how we did KonMari for the first category, clothing. The steps are ultimately the same for other categories. But clothing was a bit unique since you need to create a “vision board” and there are some specific rules to keep in mind when tackling this specific category. It’s the biggest category and the one that takes the longest time typically too. So here’s how it’s done.

Step One – Create A “Spark Joy” Board

The thing I loved that we did when we started my closet was Kinga asked me to pull out 5 outfits that I feel good in. That I love. It was a lot of denim obviously, this great jumpsuit, this blazer, and some basic tees. It was our sounding board, our vision board, whatever you want to call it. These things sparked joy. And if we ran across something I wasn’t sure about, I could reference these outfits and ask “does this make me feel like those pieces”. If it didn’t, it was tossed.

Step Two – Pull Everything Out + Take It In

With the Marie Kondo Method, you always start by pulling EVERYTHING out. To get to work, we pulled out every bit of clothing in my home and placed it on my bed. Keep like with like so you can easily sort through it in the next step. Make sure you’re pulling EVERYTHING out, too. I had bins under my bed, jackets in my other closets and things in my drawers.

It was sobering to see how much clothing was there. For someone who also doesn’t get dressed up very often, why did I have so much? It’s definitely shifted my perspective on all the things I’m bringing in to my home. It’s definitely made shopping look a little different too.

How I Used The Marie Kondo Method To Tidy Up My HouseHow I Used The Marie Kondo Method To Tidy Up My House
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Step Three – Does It Spark Joy?

Next, it’s time to start asking yourself “does this spark joy?”. I went through each piece of clothing. Yes, every single piece. Do this by category within your closet too so you can easily compare like with like. I began with jackets and moved onto dresses followed by tops and so on. It was easier to see if I had duplicates of things, which I sadly had lots of without really realizing it.

Step Five – Thank The Pieces That Don’t Spark Joy

If something doesn’t spark joy, you have to thank that piece before it leaves your home. Yes, it sounds coo-coo crazy. However, it kind of helps to let go of things. Especially if it’s something that you were holding onto because of a sentimental reason. Or to hopefully fit back into. It doesn’t have to be dramatic or even out loud. You can thank that item in your head.

This also helps to create a clear line in the sand where you decide, “this is no longer needed in my life”. I have thanked this blazer for being the interview blazer I always pulled out, but no longer need or sparks joy for me. Thank you for helping me feel put together in those meetings, but I have other blazers I love that spark joy. Goodbye!

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Step 6 – Place In Trash Bags

Put all of the items you don’t keep into trash bags. Tie them up and GET RID OF THEM. If you keep these bags in your home for more than a few days, you run the risk of digging into them again or just putting them into your closet to get them out of the way. And before you know it, you may be putting them back on hangers and back into the closet. Donate, sell, whatever, just get rid of it and do it quickly!

To the left are the first 10 trashbags I got rid of. It was solely clothing. Not shoes, not bags, no anything else. When we first got started, I pulled out 2 bags to fill not even thinking we’d get into the double digits. And boy was this just the start. I got rid of 35+ bags in my entire home after completing all of the categories.

Step 7 – Time To Organize

Now that you’ve removed all the things that do not spark joy, it’s time to get it all organized. One of the things I had an issue with was the functionality of my closets. My master, not so much, but the office, yes. Having Kinga help create a more efficient flow in my closets was so wonderful. It seems like a no brainer what we ended up doing. But when you live in a place for 10 years, things just get out of whack. We took EVERYTHING out, so when we went to put everything back in we made sure it was in a way that made sense. This is also a great way to ensure you’re maximizing closet space and also keeping like with like.

After Kinga worked her organization magic, things I used the most were easy to grab and in the front. Things that weren’t being used that season, or often, were put back in a way that wasn’t taking up useful real estate. Now my closets work for me and I know exactly where everything is.

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