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5 Things You Need to Know About the KonMari Method

Learn more about the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

You’ve probably heard about the book and saw it in bookstores. Marie Kondo’s bestseller – The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up has captivated readers and this comes as no surprise. It features the KonMari method, which promises to change your life once you’ve applied it at home.

An RL reader bravely took on the challenge of applying the method and we’re more than excited to follow her journey. To give you an idea, here are five important things that you need to know about the life-changing guide and why it might be what you need to be able to achieve a clean and organized home:

Anyone can do the KonMari method

You don’t have to be a professional organizer and you don’t need to be an expert at decluttering. Think of it as a journey and as the author states, you need to be ready to change your mindset about cleaning up.

Momentum is key

Think about tidying as a special event. Get excited about cleaning your closet, organizing your books, and decluttering your entire space.

Setting a goal is important

Do you want to leave in a clutter-free space where you can find the things you need in a snap? Having a goal gives you a sense of calm and will motivate you clean your space.

It’s not enough that you have storage essentials and nooks

Imagine filling up boxes, bins, and baskets with your things. This doesn’t really solve clutter, but simply conceals it. The method teaches you to sort your things by category and let go of some of items that you have and no longer need.

It teaches you to let go of stuff–even those with sentimental value

This means that you need to have strong decision-making skills when it comes to discarding items that have been with you for years. Touch and hold the item–think long and hard, before deciding if you still need the item or not.

To follow our RL reader’s journey with the KonMari method, click here.

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