Declutter your life with the KonMari Method®
The KonMari Method® is a guide to decluttering and home organisation developed by Marie Kondo, Japanese organising expert and best selling author of 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying'. Marie’s method was popularised through the Netflix series; 'Sparking Joy' and 'Tidying Up With Marie Kondo' and has encouraged people to reduce the clutter in their lives by KonMari’ing their homes.
Sue Spencer trained with Marie Kondo and the KonMari team to become a Certified KonMari Consultant in 2018. Sue is one of just 5 Platinum UK based KonMari Consultants and works with clients across the South of England, helping them on their journeys to an organised home and simplified life.
Many people find that working through the KonMari Method® impacts how they approach other areas of their life. A renewed focus on what sparks joy and makes you happy can lead to a more mindful approach to your lifestyle, changing shopping habits and how you choose to spend your free time.
THE KONMARI METHOD® STEPS TO AN ORGANISED HOME
As I guide you through a one to one organising session you'll notice that the KonMari Method® differs from traditional approaches to decluttering and organising in the following ways :
I'll encourage you to think about your Ideal Lifestyle (how you want your home to look / feel, and the things you enjoy doing). This is what we'll work towards.
You make positive choices about keeping possessions that "Spark Joy" rather than specifically looking for items to discard. The aim is to surround yourself with things you love and use.
We organise by category (clothes, books, papers, komono, sentimental) rather than by location. Gathering all items from the category together means that it’s easier to uncover duplication and make decisions about what to keep.
Tidy in the right category order: Starting with clothes then books, moving on to more difficult categories (sentimental) once you've practised making decisions to discard.
We edit possessions before focusing on storage. We often reuse current storage and will make sure you find a home for everything, making it easy to keep on top of things in the future.
Read more about the KonMari Method® in my recent blog post.
KIND WORDS FROM A CLIENT
Having spent years sorting and never really getting anywhere I became aware of Marie Kondo's method. However it was only when my sessions with Sue that the real lessons began and now I feel I've started to change and only keep what I love and will use!
WHY THE KONMARI METHOD® WORKED FOR ME
I love how Marie Kondo's Method encourages you to look at your possessions in a new way by asking whether items Spark Joy. Choosing which items to keep, rather than which to discard, really turned the decluttering process on its head for me - it's such a positive way to decide what you have in your home.
Before decluttering with the KonMari Method® I struggled to let go of items as I worried I might need them in the future. Tidying by category helped to overcome this as, for the first time, I could see everything I had, giving me the confidence I had other items I preferred to use or wear rather than hold on to things just in case.
I've personally found that the focus on what sparks joy and brings happiness into your life extends beyond organising your home and can lead to a more mindful approach to your lifestyle.
It's a pleasure to share the KonMari Method® with my clients, helping them declutter and organise their spaces to create homes they love.
FREE DOWNLOAD - KONMARI CATEGORY CHECKLIST
My KonMari Category Tidying Checklist lists the most popular categories to work through as you declutter and organise your home.
MARIE KONDO ON NETFLIX
Marie Kondo's new Netflix show "Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo" launched on 31st August.
The original Netflix show, "Tidying up with Marie Kondo" is still available to watch if you'd like to brush up on the KonMari Method®.
I recommend reading Marie's books 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying', 'Spark Joy' and 'Joy at Work' if you'd like to learn more or visit the KonMari website.
“Discarding is not the point; what matters is keeping those things that bring you joy. If you discard everything until you have nothing left but an empty house, I don’t think you’ll be happy living there.
Our goal in tidying should be to create a living environment filled with the things we love.”