As I mentioned back here I read the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. There are so many different reviews on this book and why it does or doesn’t work, so I wanted to share my opinion too. While not everyone loves to read books on organization and cleaning, I love these types of books. I have read many and this is by far my favorite. Just like Marie Kondo points out in her book, organization is a skill that needs to be taught and learned. Although I am naturally an organized person, I learned quite a few things from the KonMari method.
My first impression:
Honestly when I first read this book I had mixed feelings of being able to relate, and thinking the book was a little too ‘hippy’ for me. I could relate because as I child I had a friend that I loved to play with. The only thing, is we never really played. She would sit on her bed and watch while I cleaned her room. She had an amazing Barbie house and I would sit and organize and sort the barbies and their accessories. I LOVED it.
Growing up I always shared a room with my little sister. She was 5 years younger than me, so of course I thought she was messy (really, she is one of the most tidy people I know!) In order to get our room looking super clean, I would get her to play “secret elves” with me. This consisted of us sneaking out of bed and trying to clean our room without getting caught so our parents would be so surprised in the morning.
The hippy part? It seemed a little weird to have to hold each item to see if it “sparks joy”, but in the end it made sense. If you just glance at the clothes in your closet or drawer, you might not find those buried items. Once I emptied out my closet and held each item, I could remember if I liked the item and why. Clothing that only matched one thing, could be worn only one way, or I never really liked how it fit was moved out. The same went for books, dishes, etc. If this method seems a little hippy, just try it. It might actually work for you!
Is it life changing?
It most certainly can be. I think a better phrase might be “Perspective Changing”. One of the best things that I learned is that all of our ‘stuff’ has a purpose. If you have an article of clothing you loved in the dressing room, but haven’t worn since, it has served it’s purpose by bringing you joy right there in the dressing room. Gifts that you didn’t really appreciate or don’t need: It served the purpose of bringing the gift-giver joy. Some items continue to serve a purpose in our lives (favorite articles of clothing, and other items that we use on a daily basis) while other things have served their purpose and don’t need to be kept around anymore.
Is it practical?
Marie Kondo recommends starting in the morning and doing a full-sweep. If that were to happen for me, I would have to hire a sitter to remove the children from the house for at least a week to go through everything. This part is not practical for me. Because I have put my entire house on a 6 month cleaning rotation, I am just going to implement this method as I deep clean each of these areas.
Also, this method is developed by a single woman who lives by herself. If I did that, I’m pretty sure my home could stay completely clutter-free. Because I have many other people involved in this process, I have to understand that clutter will build up again (hence, the 6 month rotation) so that I can tackle the problems while they are still small and manageable. I am excited to teach my children these principles and see how it impacts them. I have some children who have no problem getting rid of garbage, and others save everything.
Where have I seen the biggest difference so far?
My home is pretty clutter-free to begin with, but I have a great talent for storing things in an organized manner. This method has helped to go sort through items in my home and create more usable storage space. Now I have room for things that need to be stored for later use, rather than stored indefinitely.
I have a goal to keep my house orderly enough that anyone could come in and pick up right where I left off. I hate when we move and have those 2 or 3 boxes at the end that you just shove all the random stuff into. My goal with implementing this method is that I won’t have those boxes should we ever move again. The whole purpose of Marie Kondo’s book is to only keep things that bring you joy.
What do I hope for an end result?
As I mentioned before, because of the nature of my life situation, I have to accept that this will be somewhat of an ongoing process. My end goal in all of this though is to eliminate piles. Although organized, I constantly have piles of things to be sorted and put away. If everything has it’s spot, there will be no piles. Rooms will stay clean. We will of course get toys and games out and play with them, but then they will get put away and the room becomes clean again. By the end of my next 6 month rotation, I want all piles eliminated. I can’t even tell you how excited I am!
Have you tried the KonMari Method? What did you think?