Free Yourself From Cluttered Chaos With Marie Kondo
Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, is a best-seller that is showing people all over the world how to let go of unneeded possessions and let more joy into their lives.
The success of her book lies in the fact that Kondo tackles the reasons that we never seem to start or even complete a decluttering project. She promotes her simple method to conquer clutter that involves handling each item that you own and asking yourself if it brings you joy. If you feel joy, that item stays in your household. If you don’t feel joy, then you can donate, sell, or give away the item.
Once you only have items that give you joy in your home, you arrange them for optimal accessibility and visibility so that your things are always easy to use. This makes life easier on a number of levels. Here are some approaches that Kondo also promotes in her book:
Categorize Your Cleaning Projects
Most people tend to organize their cleaning projects by room, but Kondo does not follow that rule. She breaks down practices that lead to clutter creep around the house by tackling one category of object at a time, instead of one room at a time. For example, if the item to be organized is books, your work sessions would focus on all of the books in your home, not just the books in your office or your kids’ rooms.
Don’t Allow Yourself To Be Derailed
If you are examining each piece of clothing in your bedroom keep a steely focus on the task at hand. Many an organizing session has been derailed by looking at old mementos, pictures, and letters, and before you know it, hours have been spent traveling down memory lane. The simple question of joy will help you get through piles of clothing so you can rid yourself of things you could rationalize keeping.
The Power of Placement
Not to be overshadowed by her uncluttering technique, Kondo’s tips of how and where to place your joy-giving possessions are vital to true organization. She is an advocate of folding clothing and placing items in dressers as items will be easy to locate when they are needed. Other possessions should be placed around the home where they can be easily accessed, used, then put back right away.
Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor
Once you have followed Kondo’s advice and banished clutter and reorganized, you will likely see positive effects throughout your life. Getting dressed in the morning is more streamlined without pawing through all of the unwanted clothing overstuffing your closet and drawers. With a household of only things that bring you joy, your daily routine will become more enjoyable.
When you shop, you may become more mindful if your potential purchase is truly joy-giving or not. This will make you more selective and help you to save money for things that you truly want. With a significant amount of clutter out of the way, housecleaning becomes less laborious and more straightforward.
Through the lens of joy, many other decisions besides what to keep and want to let go of will be able to happen much easier than before. You may find yourself figuring out what you really want much faster than you ever did before.
It may seem very haphazard to sort out your possessions through the lens of joy, but it really is not. Kondo’s approach ignores the rationalizations that we normally bombard ourselves with when we are evaluating items to get rid of, and therein lies its success. When you are cleaning with Kondo’s method, you free yourself from indecision and doubt.
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