Have you been working on decluttering and organizing your home?
I sure have! Personally, every time I’ve been in the midst of organizing, I’ve wondered what the steps to decluttering are because the whole process can get messy and confusing.
If you are new to the Konmari Method, it may seem overwhelming at first. You can 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’s a free printable checklist for you to download at the end of this post to help you along the path!
But let’s begin with the basics!
What is the KonMari Method?
The KonMari Method focuses on tidying your belongings by category and not by location, like most of us are used to.
Marie Kondo, the creator of this method, has a step-by-step system to help you declutter your home and only keep what you need and what you love. The main goal is to keep the things that spark joy and discard unnecessary clutter in a simple, practical, and effective way.
What are the steps to decluttering?
- Don’t stretch this on for days. Try to do your entire home in one go.
- Follow the order Marie Kondo recommends when it comes to categories.
- If you feel too overwhelmed, you can divide each category into subcategories.
- Hold every item and ask yourself if you love it or if it sparks joy.
- Organize and store everything after decluttering.
By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order.
– Marie Kondo.
DO: EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR YOUR ITEMS
Expressing gratitude for the items you discard is only one step in the KonMari process, but it’s also one of the most important ones.
Marie Kondo discusses the importance of expressing gratitude for the items you will be keeping as well. So, remember to thank all the things you’ll be keeping, like clothes and pots, for the service in your daily life.
DON’T: JUMP BETWEEN CATEGORIES
There is a reason the Konmari method focuses on clothes first and ends with the sentimental items.
These categories are in place so that you can build momentum and make the process easier. Start with clothes, and don’t move on to the next category until you’re completely done.
DO: HOLD EACH ITEM
You won’t know if an item sparks joy until you hold it in your hands, so I encourage you not to skip this step.
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 doing it in one go is too much for you.
I know this is overwhelming and maybe a lot of work, but you may be less tempted to discard items if you take too long.
We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.
– Marie Kondo.
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 get rid of your items first, then organize what’s left.
The best tip I’ve learned when decluttering using the KonMari method is to make two separate piles for your items. First, decide what you want to discard, and only once that step is done, you can go back and deal with what you’ve chosen to keep.
DON’T: FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT TO DISCARD
It’s easy to fall into the trap of how much you want to get rid of, especially if you’ve seen some of those incredible KonMari before and after pictures.
But I recommend to do the opposite and 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.
Putting your house in order is the magic that creates a vibrant and happy life.
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.