Happy New Year! Are you ready to declutter your home and life, once and for all? In the past, I’d start a new decluttering spree each January and lo and behold, the next year need to tackle it again. Why? Because I didn’t declutter enough the year before to entirely change our routine and outlook on ‘stuff’. Sure, I cleaned up a bit and donated a lot, but I didn’t do ENOUGH.
That’s where the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up comes into play. This method of looking at clutter will change your home and life, your view of ‘things’, allow you to simplify and breathe, and even save you lots of money and stress.
What is the KonMari Method?
It’s a step-by-step decluttering and organizing method created by Marie Kondo that aims to reduce the stuff cluttering your home (and by extension, mind) by 50% or more. Once your home is decluttered, you’ll LOVE how great all that space and room feels so much that it becomes difficult to add in more things. Therefore, your life becomes simpler because you’re not wrangling ‘stuff’. It focuses on only keeping items that bring you joy— joy because you use them, or joy because you need them.
Having a home with less clutter brings peace. And can’t we all use a home that feels like a haven instead of a storage shed?
How Does the KonMari Method Change Your Life?
One life-changing aspect I didn’t anticipate is how much time and money we’re saving! Now I only buy things I need and/or love. I’ve also made a lot of money by selling unwanted clothing, toys, and furniture. Items no longer get lost because it’s so much easier to find what we already have, so now that we’ve decluttered it saves us time. It also gives us space to move and breathe in our home. This space allows our brains to feel clear instead of stressed. We’re feeling the positive impact daily.
How Do You Declutter Using the KonMari Method?
Wondering what the KonMari method entails? Here’s a brief explanation of the step-by-step process– I suggest you Pin or share this on Facebook to make it easy to find again:
As you can see from step #2, there is an exact order you go through for decluttering. The method is arranged so the easy tasks (like clothing) are first. And not just clothing, but each category of clothing and accessories too. If you’re ready to start, here’s how to declutter your closet using the KonMari Method. Once you master clothing and see the huge impact weeding out your wardrobe has on your home and life, you get energized and are ready to tackle harder areas.
You can also download our FREE printable KonMari Decluttering Checklists to walk you through every category in the proper order, section by section. Having a checklist helps keep you on track throughout the entire decluttering process:
You finish with mementos, because let’s fact it, that’s the hardest thing to let go. However, you’ll be such a pro by the end it will be a cinch to quickly decide what sparks joy and what you can thank for it’s service and let go.