Have you been working on decluttering and organizing your home? I sure have and have enjoyed both the book Tidying Up and the Netflix series featuring Marie Kondo. If you are new to the Konmari method, you may be tempted to find shortcuts or ways to save time while decluttering. While this can be an extremely effective way to rid your home of clutter for good, there are a few things you might want to consider before you start. I’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts for using the Konmari method to declutter. There is also a free printable checklist for you to download at the end of this post that will help you along the path!
Do: Express gratitude for your items
Expressing gratitude for the items you discard is only one step in following the Konmari process. She also discusses the importance of expressing gratitude for the items that you are going to be keeping as well. Thank your clothes for their service after you put your clothes in the laundry hamper, or for your pots and pans for assisting you in making a meal.
Don’t: Jump between categories
There is a reason the Konmari method focuses on clothes first and ends with sentimental. These categories are in place so that you will be able to build momentum and to make the process easier. Start with clothes and don’t move on to the next category until you are completely done.
Do: Hold each item
You won’t know if an item sparks joy until you hold it in your hands. Holding each and every item really will make the process clear to you. Items you wear regularly and may default to keep may not spark joy for you.
Don’t: Take TOO much time
It’s okay to take your time and go through each item you have. It’s important to make sure you aren’t rushing too much during the process, but you don’t want to take too much time either. Try to do a little bit of tidying each day if you can. I know this is overwhelming and maybe a lot of work, but if you take too long, you may be less tempted to discard items.
Do: Discard your items before you organize them
The organization systems you once had in place may not work with what you have after discarding. This is why it’s important to discard your items first, then organize what’s left. Create two separate piles when you are purging your items, and go back and deal with what you decided to keep after you’re done.
Don’t: Focus on what you want to discard
Instead of focusing on how much you need to get rid of, focus on what you want to keep instead. The Konmari process isn’t about living a minimalist life, but surrounding yourself with items that will spark joy.
Do: Give each item a clear and distinct home
There should not be a question of where a certain category belongs in your home. Make each item have a dedicated space in your home, and put it there each time you’re done using it.
Don’t: Focus too much on the organization systems
If you need temporary storage, start with using old bins and shoeboxes to store your items. Once you’re done discarding your items, it’s important to get your home back together as soon as possible.
If you want to declutter your home while using the Konmari method, make sure you keep these tips handy! They can make all the difference when tidying your home.