A Professional Organizers Opinion of the “Kon Mari” Method

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A Professional Organizers Opinion of the “Kon Mari” Method

Category : Home Organization


The biggest thing right now in the world of organizing is the Kon Mari method of organizing from the book “The Life changing Magic of Tidying Up, The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. She is everywhere on TV, talk shows, newspapers and magazines. People can’t get enough of her!

“Keep What You Love, Discard the Rest”

Her method is to get rid of anything that doesn’t touch your heart, so you are surrounded by only the things you love. If you spent anytime organizing your home this is nothing you haven’t heard before. Her methods she uses is what is getting all the attention. She does it all at once and by category not space. You would gather all your clothes that have stored in your house, not the ones only in that room, to show how much stuff you actually own. She believes to tidy up in one shot rather little by little you can dramatically change your mindset. When you see the results you feel the effects. Her method requires you to empty all your bookcases and all you clothes on the floor so you can visually see everything you own. Then you take each item in your hand and ask “Does this spark joy?” If it does keep it, if not dispose it. She also feels the items in your home have its own life force and you should thank them every day for serving you well.

My favorite parts: As a PO I already use most of these methods, probably why they are my favorites!

    • I think it’s great, if reading this book motivates you to get rid of your stuff.
    • You should only surround yourself with things that bring your joy!! Love it!                                                                                                                                                              
    • Everything has a home. You only need to decide 2 things. Do I keep it or where do I put it?                                                                                                                                            That is how we create systems, by creating a home for everything.
    •  Buying the storage ONLY after discarded the items that don’t bring you joy.                                                                                                                                                                    Buying containers comes way down in the organizing process.  
    • Focusing on choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.
    • Storing items (especially paper) vertically.

Not so favorites: Her explanations make sense, but probably won’t work for most people.

  • Don’t store it where you use it. Don’t scatter storage space. Store all items of the same type in the same place. I don’t see that working in a lot of households, including mine
  • Folding clothes – don’t store your socks in a ball. You should honor your clothes by touching them, while you are folding them and thank them for serving your well.                  Hangers are a lot easier, and people do what is easy!
  • Keep all items out of bathtubs and showers. Not very practical, takes extra time to do.
  • Empty your purse every day. Same as above.

The Best Organization Method is the one that works for you and your lifestyle!

Will it work for me? It all depends on your personality and your relationship you have with your stuff. There is not one way to organize. The best organization method is the one that works for you. If you have ADD this method will probably overwhelm you. If you have a strong emotional attachment to your stuff and you love everything you own and don’t want to discard your items, this is not the method for you.

If you are a spiritual person and believe items and your home have a life force, you would love it. Also, if you are tired of all your stuff and our ready to declutter and want it done quickly this a great place to start. Can I help with this method? Sure! If you read the book and decide this method will work for you, but don’t know where to start, I will be happy to help!! Contact me anytime to get started!