“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.”
- Marie Kondo
THE KONMARI METHOD™
The KonMari Method™ of simplifying and organizing the home was created by Marie Kondo, the author of New York Times bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
This organizational approach is guided by the following 6 core principles:
1. Commit yourself to tidying up Tidying should be done completely, all at once, as quickly as possible. This allows you to experience the effects of having your whole home in order. Once you have experienced these results, you will be motivated and possess the tools to keep it that way.
2. Envision your ideal lifestyle Before you start tidying, you should take the time to imagine your ideal home environment and lifestyle. This vision will carry you through the tidying journey. It is your goal and the impetus to persevere.
3. Finish discarding first Your focus should be on finding the items you are going to keep in your home. You should not think about final storage until you truly know what needs to be stored. All storage during the tidying journey is temporary. You will determine permanent homes for your remaining belongings at the end.
4.Tidy by category; not by location Tidying room by room is not an effective organizing strategy. It causes items to be shuffled from room to room. The contents of your home get mixed up and can leave your whole home resembling a giant junk drawer. This approach does not allow you to fully grasp how much of each category you have.
5. Follow the right category order Belongings are divided into five main categories. You should adhere to the given order while tidying. This order has been studied extensively. It allows you to progress from items that are generally easier to make decisions about and easier to store to more difficult items. When you follow this order, you will have strengthened your decision-making skills before reaching tougher decisions.
The categories, in order, are:
Clothes includes all types of clothing, bags and purses, hats and belts, jewelry, shoes and other accessories.
Books includes general pleasure reading books, cookbooks, reference books, instructional books, coffee-table books, educational books, school books and magazines.
Papers includes bills, bank statements, other financial documents, legal papers, vital records, insurance policies, health records, manuals, business cards, seminar and course materials, clippings, assorted notes and all other non-sentimental documents.
Komono also called miscellany or small things. This category includes the largest number of items and covers, essentially, everything that is not included in the other 4 categories. Some of the subcategories include kitchen items, electronics, decorative items, CDs and DVDs, stationary goods, consumables, beauty products, toiletries, medical supplies, tools, office supplies, toys, hobby items, linens, seasonal decorations and cleaning supplies.