As we go through life, it's normal and unavoidable to collect clutter along the way. The problem arises when we fail to let go of these trinkets and they end up taking much of our living space. Enter Marie Kondo and her signature KonMari tidying method that improved lives the world over. After authoring several lifestyle books, including the international bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Kondo is now set to star in her own Netflix show.
Treat your possessions with love and respect
This may sound really silly at first but the concept of treating your clothes as if they have emotions makes sense in the long run. Stuffing your clothes in your closet, tossing your shoes after wearing them and basically just not caring for your belongings shortens their lifespan. And more often than not, when this happens, you buy replacements without discarding the old stuff, making you accumulate more clutter. So give your things some TLC.
The KonMari folding technique
Declutter by category
Traditionally, we clean our living space by room or corner. But Marie Kondo suggests that a better way to do it is to declutter by category. Lay out all of your beauty products, clothes, books and so on. Then, begin to sort them into what you want to keep and discard. This way, you'll find out exactly how much you own and be able to plan properly on where to keep them.
Keep only things that spark joy
"We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of," Kondo says in her book. This is very important to keep in mind when decluttering. During our cleaning sessions, most of us would lean on identifying those we don't like than picking possessions that we treasure. It means that the stuff we don't find annoying still stay and occupy space even though they may not serve us any purpose anymore. Instead, ask yourself which items you do need and make you happy.
Nostalgia is not the same as joy
From college memorabilia to sentimental gifts, those things that have sentimental value attached to them are the hardest to declutter. To this, Kondo advises to "live for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past". As mentioned earlier, keep only those that spark joy like photographs. But let go of nostalgic items that serve no purpose in the present. For example, discard those items that you don't use anymore but still keep because they were given to you as a gift. "The true purpose of a present is to be received," Kondo says.