KonMari Method

What is the KonMari Method™?

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The KonMari Method™ was created by a Japanese tidying expert, Marie Kondo who is an author of the international best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” that sold over 10 million copies worldwide. She is also a star of Netflix’s hit show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”.

The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.

This is going to be a very big turning point in your life. When you know what sparks joy, your environment will be filled only with things you love. You should tidy all at once in a short period of time. The experience will bring a shock to your system and rewire every cell in your body. Most tidying methods advise going room by room, but in the KonMari Method™, you tidy by category. The order of these categories helps you to hone your decision-making skills. By the time you get to sentimental items, the last and most difficult category, you will be surprised at how easy it is to identify what sparks joy.

As a certified Japanese KonMari consultant in New Zealand, I would like to share the life-altering effects that KonMari Method™ of tidying & decluttering can have on you, and achieve what works best for you, your home and your family.

Here are the 6 basic and life-changing rules of tidying up.

Six basic rules of the KonMari Method

#1 Are you ready?
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Commit yourself to tidying up.

The first step is to stay focused and committed to tidying from the very beginning all the way to the end. Your commitment to the process is the key to find the energy and motivation you need to tidy all of your belongings in one go successfully.

#2 What's your ideal lifestyle?
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Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

Once you have decided to commit, the next step is to visualise your goal before you begin. This will help you along your tidying journey throughout the process. When you imagine your ideal lifestyle and identify your goal, you are really clarifying why you want to tidy and envisioning your best life. The tidying process represents a turning point, so it is very important to consider the ideal lifestyle to which you aspire.

#3 Declutter.
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Finish discarding first.

Before thinking about how to organise your things or where to put them, you must identify which items you are going to keep and which ones you are going to discard. Cherish the items that bring you joy, and let go of the rest with gratitude.

#4 Tidy by category.
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Tidy by category, not by location.

Most people tidy up room by room but instead of deciding to tidy a specific room, the KonMari Method™ encourages you to tidy by category – not by location. People often store the same type of item in more than one place.  When you tidy each room separately, you are repeating the same work in many locations.  You can never grasp the overall volume of each type of thing you own.

#5 Stick with the order.
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Follow the right category order.

Start with clothes, then tidy books, papers, komono(miscellaneous items) and sentimental items. By following the correct order, you will achieve visible results quicker. Beginning with the clothing category is the perfect jump start to this process and will give you a boost of energy to keep moving forward. As you proceed to the remaining harder categories, in order, refine your sensitivity to what brings you joy.

#6 Does it spark joy?
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Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

The most important rule of the KonMari Method™ is to identify what sparks joy for you. Through the process of selecting only those things that inspire joy, you can identify precisely what you love – and what you need.

"Keep these rules in mind, and you will be able to identify what really matters to you and lead a life that sparks joy."

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.