One of the most important steps to a more productive life and beautiful home is editing our belongings. Too many items around leads to too much time spent cleaning, repairing, organizing, etc. And not the mention too much time making choices, there is an actual name for this, its called “decision fatigue”.
Visual Clutter = Mental Clutter
Back in January, I ran across a book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I quickly discovered that I was late to the party, so it seemed. This #1 New York Times best- seller had already been changing homes everywhere for over a year.
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Since I am an audio book girl, I would listen to the book in the car and frequently could be found sitting parked in the driveway continuing to listen when I should be going inside. This was a different system of purging and decluttering than anything I had ever heard of before.
When I was in interior design school, my history class covered some of the great designers’ memoirs and my all-time favorite was William Morris.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
is one of my favorite quotes from him and my standard for what has been deemed worthy in my house for many years.
Sometimes, though, I noticed the clutter creeping back in and wondered if maybe my system was slightly flawed. When we remodeled our bathrooms (downstairs bath reveal can be found here), every square inch was pored over and my kids often commented on how the bathrooms were always kept so clean compared to the rest of the house, almost like the family respected them more.
Huh, now that’s a thought!
Marie Kondo seemed to think along those lines and so I began her step-by-step process of simplifying, organizing and storing. I got through several steps and then stopped due to time.
Now, nine months later, I can say the things I worked on in January are still looking really good!
I am no longer a skeptic.
I am now wanting to finish the rest of the house before the holidays set in and thought it would be so much more fun to do with some friends from She Holds Dearly.
So for those of you who aren’t familiar with The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo is Japanese cleaning/ organizing consultant who has devised a unique system to declutter households. The method is called the “Konmarie” method, pulling from her first and last names.
Her system is different because she asked the single question of “Does this spark joy?” for every single item she owns, if her answer is “kind of” or “its Ok” than the answer is a “No” and the item is purged.
She has her clients go in a specific order through their belongings when decluttering, starting the easiest- clothes and ending with the hardest- sentimental items.
I created a Decluttering Printable to help you walk through the process and added in a couple more questions so you don’t do things like throw out your toothbrush because it doesn’t spark joy.
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If the Kon Marie method of decluttering is one that you are interested in or have had success with in the past, you may enjoy our online course that takes these principles further to address the clutter in our schedules and commitments.
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