Using the KonMari Method

Now that I’ve officially gone through all of my things and kept the ones that spark joy, I’ve been focusing on tidying and organizing. I started minimalism before learning about the KonMari Method so I didn’t sort through my items in that way but I am using her folding and organization techniques! But today I’m going to introduce you to my friend Amanda. Amanda is a lifestyle Youtuber and vlogger that had questions for me about minimalism and sorting through her clothes. I nearly fell over in excitement! This post will show you how we started the KonMari Method with sorting through and folding clothes.

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The great thing about the KonMari Method is that you are organizing and decluttering by category, not space. I went over the basics with Amanda and then asked that we gather all her clothes and put them in a pile on her bed. As you can see in the pictures here, she had quite a large pile!

 

After we gathered all her clothes, I told her to go through each item and ask herself if it sparked joy. One of Amanda’s concerns was that she was wanting to lose weight so there were a few clothing items that no longer fit her and some she wanted to keep. Another friend of mine, also looking into the “sparking joy” concept, had mentioned the same thing about wanting to lose weight for their clothes. I told Amanda the same thing I told my friend – if the item still sparks joy for you then keep it! The other thing to think about with these items is if you’re keeping it because you like it or if you’re using it as motivation to lose weight. Things we generally save to motivate us to do something don’t actually motivate us. We use it as an excuse to keep it or feel validated in the decision to keep it. For example, last fall I lost about ten pounds. I’ve already purchased new pants and got rid of ones that were now too big. However, I can’t let go of my shorts just yet. I wasn’t planning on losing weight and I’ve been doing what I can to gain some back. All my shorts bring me joy but not all of them fit me. So, my plan is to keep them until spring/summer arrive and if they are still too big then they’ll be donated! You can always find similar clothing items at any time and you’ll probably find an item that looks and fits better on you too! It’s a win all the way around.

In the end, here was everything Amanda found that did not spark joy for herself. This included all different kinds of clothing, shoes, accessories, and purses. We separated what was in the bags by what she wanted to sell, donate, and throw away.

 

After we sorted through all of her clothing and accessories, it was time to fold and organize! We kept her jackets, sweaters, and nicer shirts hung up in her closet. The rest of her shirts, pants, and shorts were folded and put in the dressers. When we started putting away all her clothes, Amanda was in awe with how much her room had changed! In the pictures below, you can see how much nicer her clothing looks and how much easier it will be to find items. I realized after this whole process that I forgot to take a before picture of her closet! To paint a picture for you, it was squished from end to end with clothes, making it impossible to find items easily. There were also so many clothes hanging that the wooden pole started to bend!

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Talking with Amanda afterwards, we both could sense a completely different energy in her room. It was less cluttered and everything was perfectly in the right place! She is now reading a copy of Marie’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing to continue her KonMari Method journey!

You can check out Amanda’s Youtube here!

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Marie Kondō Book Review

If you’ve been keeping up with my journey or are just learning about minimalism, then this is a definite book you should read. It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō. Does her name sound familiar? She has a new show on Netflix! If you’ve started watching it, I recommend reading her books! Marie Kondō created a tidying method of her own and has a widely large clientele where she assists people in cleaning and organizing their homes. In this book, you’ll learn about her method, clients she’s assisted, and how you can achieve a tidy and stress free home.

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My review is as follows:

I enjoyed reading this book. I found that a lot of things that she mentioned to do I was already doing! While I continued to read, it made me want to start cleaning and purging right away but I made myself finish the book before going any further with the process.

I’ll admit I did skip some parts here and there as they did not pertain to me(ie: keeping manuals, living with large families, etc)

One thing I really enjoyed was her explaining the process in which you should tidy your things – starting with clothes, books, and then going down the line of everything else. Reading it made so much sense to me and made sense to the fact that even tidying in this order can create less stress about it. I’ve been putting it to the test and have been thoroughly impressed.

Before reading this book, my only basis to declutter and organize was to hold the items and ask “Does this spark joy?” I would fly around my room and look at everything I could visibly see and just start discarding. With the new method found in this book, it became a lot easier to sort and discard by category rather than place. It also made the process go a lot faster.

From start to finish I always felt motivated and inspired to start tidying more. Something I really loved was that she stated she is a self-proclaimed lazy person yet she keeps her space tidy and organized. All you need to do is find your balance and what works best for you and you can achieve the perfect environment for your house and yourself.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I intend to keep it around to look back as a guideline and to keep myself motivated to stay clutter free for life!

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As for her Netflix show, if you haven’t started this yet I also recommend it! Something I found really helpful in the show is that she shows you how to fold your clothing. Her method is listed in her book however I’m a visual learner so I didn’t really understand the concept. Watching her actually do it on her show has been life-changing. I actually look forward to folding my clothes now!

 

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