Cleaning out, not simply cleaning up, your house helps you think more clearly. Too much stuff weighs you down, body, mind, and spirit. Even the simple act of vacuuming makes my space feel lighter. Yes, I have read Marie Kondo’s books and reviewed her Netflix show, “Tidying Up.” Yes, I’m on board the KonMari Method ™ train headed to Tidyville.
It’s more than that to me. Your house/apartment/rented room is your private retreat from the chaotic outside world. At least it should be. The stuff/things/items (and people) in your home should bring you happiness, joy, and contentment. (Things can also be practical. I don’t love my Phillips head screwdrivers, my toothbrush, or my printer paper. However, I’m glad they are there when I need them.) Getting rid of stuff and people in your house who weigh you down is a good thing. Say “thank you” to your things as you release them. And say “thank you” to the space you are creating for the new in your life.
At the beginning of the first episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Ryan, a toddler who’d never met Marie, practically jumped into her arms. Ryan said, “I want to hug you.” She let Marie hold her like they go way back!
I was stunned because a toddler doesn’t do that. She doesn’t reach for a perfect stranger who just walked through her front door. And certainly not while being held in her mother’s arms. I said to myself, “Marie Kondo is something special.”
And she is. After binge watching all eight episodes of Tidying Up I bought two of Marie Kondo’s books, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up,” and “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.” I will be getting “The Life Changing Magna of Tidying Up: A Magical Story.”
I’m already a minimalist. I did a massive decluttering the first half of 2018. What I am not is organized. And not being organized creates clutter and chaos, which gets on my last good nerve.
Netflix released Tidying Up on January 1, 2019. Marie, and her translator, help families in different stages in life declutter their homes.
A couple with two toddlers
An empty-nester couple
A couple with two preteens who downsized from a 4-bedroom
house to a 2-bedroom apartment
A widow who had been married for 40 years
A twentysomething couple who are transitioning
from college life to adulthood
A couple with two toddlers who want to have a
A couple expecting their first child
A couple newly married merging two households
What they all have in common is:
They have too much stuff in their house (and garage)
They feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start decluttering
They have trouble letting go off their stuff
Their quality of life is being affected
They are having communication issues
The communication issues between couples varied from
resentment of who’s doing the household duties, to one person being more challenged
by decluttering than the other, to what to keep (“we have to keep this ‘just in
case’’ which is the death knell of tidyness).
The KonMari Method ™ is simple in theory. Tidy by category.
Clothes first. Then books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and finally
sentimental items. Keep the things that “spark joy.” In other words, keep the
items you love. For the items you let go of, thank them for their service, then
let them go. In the end, your home is full of only things you love. In
practice, it’s a lot harder. I know because I started the process last week.
The show only touches on the KonMari Method of organizing. She has very specific ways of folding everything from underwear to hoodies. Buy her books because they are necessary to truly declutter and organize your home.
Once you finish the first season, watch the “Where Are They Now?” clips to see if the families kept their homes organized.
I love this show that inspired me to organize my home the KonMari way. I will let you all know how the process is going.