How to De-clutter Your Home Using Marie Kondo’s “Konmari” Method
Clutter is when you can’t use your table because it’s covered with papers…
It’s when you can’t find the things you need, so you end up buying more… which only adds to the clutter.
It starts small, but it creeps up on you…
The worse it gets, the harder it is to clean up.
And if it gets bad enough, you may stop inviting friends over.
If any of this sounds familiar — or even if you’re a “neat freak” who loves to organize — I’ve got good news…
There is an easy way to clear it out.
The famous Japanese “organization consultant,” Marie Kondo, invented a new way to tidy up.
It’s called the “Konmari” method.
And it works so well, her books have now sold over 11 million copies.
Netflix even gave her a reality show, where she helps people declutter their homes.
Using her simple “tidy-up” method, you can:
- Create the environment you need for your ideal life
- Always find the items you’re looking for
- Clean up more easily because everything’s in order
- Make tidying up a fun, positive experience
- Optimize your space for you, your family, and your guests
- Feel peace of mind, knowing everything is in its place
After reading Kondo’s book, I used her method to clean out my closet…
And I was amazed! For once, tidying up was easy and fun.
Plus, it felt so liberating to finally walk into an organized closet — it’s been on my to-do list for months.
Since I had such a good experience with Kondo’s method, I wanted to share it with you!
Use the 4 steps below to regain control over your belongings and your space:
Step 1: Start with a single category
Instead of moving from area to area, tidy-up one category at a time.
When you organize by category, you break-up the huge task ahead of you into manageable pieces.
Kondo recommends organizing in this order:
- Miscellaneous stuff
- Sentimental items/mementos
But you don’t have to follow this exact order. Use whichever order works best for you.
Just make sure you do your easiest category first — and your most difficult categories last. This eases you into the process and helps you get into a good rhythm.
You can also break any of these categories down into subcategories to make it feel more manageable.
For example, let’s say you’re organizing your closet. You could start with your dresses, then move onto your pants, then finally to your shoes.
But, how do you actually DO it? Let’s move onto the next step and finally get started…
Step 2: Put everything on the floor
Yes, you read that right.
Make a pile of everything from the category you’re focusing on.
It may seem like you’re making a mess — but this step is important, because it gives you some perspective on what you’re dealing with.
For example, I realized I have a lot more bedding than I thought… I have a 4 sets of old sheets I haven’t used in years.
This knowledge makes the next step a lot easier.
Step 3: Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy
So much thinking can go into whether you keep something.
This makes it so hard to throw things out… many people end up keeping everything.
This tip makes the decision easy, because it simplifies your decision process. To decide whether or not to keep an item, simply ask yourself one question…
The question is: “Does this spark joy for me?”
Simply touch everything you own and decide if it sparks joy.
Kondo says you should hold each item and take a good look at it.
If it gives you joy, keep it.
And if it doesn’t, then get rid of it.
Keep in mind, the joy you feel doesn’t have to be rational. And it doesn’t matter what anyone else says or thinks.
There were so many shirts I’ve had for years… which no longer fit or matched my style. And there were so many outfits I’d never worn but thought I would one day.
When I used this advice, I finally gave myself permission to let these outfits go — creating more space in my closet for the clothes I actually wear.
Now, you may be thinking: “I don’t feel joy when I think about my ironing board or my trash bin. So, if I throw away everything that doesn’t bring me joy, I’ll end up throwing out a lot of important things.”
Of course, keep anything you think you will need.
In fact, Kondo would say these items actually do bring joy:
“I recommend changing your perspective a little bit, when it comes to the things that are useful to them. What do you make happen with them? Because for instance, with a hammer, it helps you build things or tongs, they help you cook. So when you look at it that way, they do contribute to the overall happiness in your life and so it’s very important to value them.”
When you do decide to throw something away, make sure you give it a proper send-off. Thank it for its service, and be at peace with throwing it out.
As Kondo says, “express your gratitude, and say goodbye.”
You can sell or donate the items, and it feels good — because you know someone else will be able to enjoy the things you weren’t using.
After you finish step 3, you can move onto the last step.
Step 4: Give every item a home
Once you’ve finished discarding, put all your joy-giving items away.
But this time, do it the Marie Kondo way: have a place for everything and everything in its place.
When every item has its own place, and every item is in its own place, it’s virtually impossible for disorder to take hold.
Instead of letting things pile up, you simply stick them back in their assigned places when you’re done using them — preventing future messes.
Plus, when items have assigned places, it’s always easy to find them — because you know exactly where they are.
Here are a few tips to make sure everything finds its perfect place:
Tip #1: Store similar items together
If a few items have similar uses, store them together.
That way, you can find them more easily — and they’re less likely to get lost.
Also, consider storing items with similar size together. This helps ensure the little items don’t get lost under the big ones.
Tip #2: Store items based on frequency of use
Ideally, you want items you use often to be easily accessible.
And you can put the items you rarely use in spots that are harder to access — since you won’t need them very often.
When you organize based on frequency of use, the things you need are constantly within reach.
Tip #3: Don’t stack your items
When you stack items on top of each other, you hide some items at the bottom of the pile.
As a result, you might end up “losing” them, forgetting about them, and even buying new ones.
The solution is to store your items next to each other whenever possible.
This could mean storing papers in a file cabinet instead of in a pile — or folding shirts side-by-side instead of on top of one another.
That way, you can always find and access the ones you’re looking for.
If you like this tip, check out this video I made for you:
It shows you how to use City Beauty product boxes as efficient storage containers!
P.S. If you have a second, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Marie Kondo’s Konmari method.
Have you seen her show on Netflix? Do you have any clutter you’d to get rid of? Will you be using any of these tips?