Decluttering Challenge Using Konmarie Method

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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 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.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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.

You can get your copy by clicking on the image below!

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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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo







  1. Roaie
    September 7, 2016 / 11:27 AM

    Oh can’t wait!

    • Lesanne
      September 7, 2016 / 8:02 PM

      Please add me. I also downsized but my place is stuffed. I need to purge some more and reorganize the rest. Please add me.

    • Becky
      September 12, 2016 / 5:13 AM

      Count me in!

    • Karen Farr
      September 12, 2016 / 7:28 PM

      Please invite me to the FB group. Thank you!

    • Sharon Kelly
      September 18, 2016 / 5:07 AM

      I hope I am commenting on the correct place. I want to join. I keep getting back the zillions of beautiful things we inherited from the in laws. But now it’s a Chinese desk I do not want!. Please invite me!

    • Bethany Kamppila
      September 20, 2016 / 8:26 PM

      I think I’m in! ????

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        September 22, 2016 / 8:05 AM

        Check your email for, I sent you some more info. 🙂

    • Beebee
      September 26, 2016 / 5:37 AM

      If it’s not too late, please count me in!!

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        October 2, 2016 / 2:01 PM

        I sent you an email 😉

  2. Debbie Billings
    September 7, 2016 / 11:27 AM

    This sounds fun to do it together. I just downsized from 3400 feet to 1700 feet in March. I got rid of a ton of stuff but I think more still has to go. Add me to Facebook.

  3. Roseann Marsett
    September 7, 2016 / 11:30 AM

    I just started the cleaning out and decluttering and can use all the help I can find. Please add me to your group.

  4. September 7, 2016 / 12:48 PM

    Yes, I’m interested. I have the book and have been waiting for the right time to begin. Now is the time. I may have to miss a little time in October but otherwise, I hope to stay on track.

  5. Jeri Roland Lacy
    September 7, 2016 / 1:00 PM

    I would love to join your Facebook group!

  6. Jody
    September 7, 2016 / 1:15 PM

    I’ve heard of the book and would definitely like to give this a try 🙂 Please add me to the group!

  7. Alex
    September 7, 2016 / 1:20 PM

    I would love to be added to the group!

  8. September 7, 2016 / 1:24 PM

    I would LOVE to be more organized! So much stuff, so little space

  9. Barbara
    September 7, 2016 / 1:41 PM

    Don’t think I am emotionally strong enough!

  10. Audrey
    September 7, 2016 / 2:13 PM

    Count me in!

  11. Erin
    September 7, 2016 / 2:24 PM

    Interested! I have used this method and only have a few areas left. This is exactly the motivation I need to finish!

  12. Deb Vlahakis
    September 7, 2016 / 2:53 PM

    I am retiring in 4 years, so plan to move to a much smaller place. I think it’s a good time to start getting rid of stuff

  13. September 7, 2016 / 3:43 PM

    I started this method earlier this year and I LOVE it. It has been a total game changer. Got a little stuck after my wardrobe so I would love to join your Facebook group to keep going. Fantastic idea!!


  14. September 7, 2016 / 4:32 PM

    Sign me up for your Facebook group!

  15. Linda
    September 7, 2016 / 5:37 PM

    We are retired and we know that the day will come when we need to downsize so now is as good a time as any to begin the purging process! Please add me to your Facebook group!

  16. September 7, 2016 / 6:17 PM

    i love the Konmarie method.

  17. Meg
    September 7, 2016 / 7:06 PM

    Oh, yes, please!

  18. Lynn
    September 7, 2016 / 7:27 PM

    I am somewhat doing this now. We had a water leak which caused significant damage in our laundry room and kitchen. We had to tear out a section of floor and then discovered termite damage. As a result, the floor was torn out completely in the laundry room and partially in the kitchen. I had always hated how these two rooms were connected and saw this as an opportunity to tear down a wall and enlarge the kitchen. In so doing, I had to pack up most everything from the two rooms while we repaired, sheetrocked and painted. Sometime in all the chaos, I heard the quote you referred to and when bringing things back in, I edited based on that criteria. It has been so liberating. The joy I now find in my home has spilled over into so many other things, relationships,creativity, you name it. My whole house is undergoing a purge. If it`s not useful or beautiful(to me or my husband), I offer it to my children and if they don`t want or need it, it`s going in my biggest yard sale yet. Thank you for the inspiration.

  19. Gwen Brntley
    September 7, 2016 / 7:49 PM

    I am definitely interested in doing this with you. Please add me to the group.


  20. Gwen Brntley
    September 7, 2016 / 7:51 PM

    Looking forward to decluttering with you. My home really needs it.

  21. Karen
    September 7, 2016 / 8:05 PM

    Oh, my gosh! I soooo need this! Thank you!

  22. Brenda
    September 7, 2016 / 8:07 PM

    Yes!!! So needed!!

  23. Denise
    September 7, 2016 / 8:42 PM

    I need this!

  24. Denise
    September 7, 2016 / 8:43 PM

    Count me in.

  25. Alisa Branigan
    September 8, 2016 / 2:43 AM

    Please add me! I really need to get rid of lots of stuff.

  26. Brenda McAdam
    September 8, 2016 / 6:37 AM

    Count me in!

  27. Patti
    September 8, 2016 / 7:35 AM

    I really need this!!

  28. September 8, 2016 / 8:04 AM

    Oh I love this! I want to join! Please include me.
    Also if you want you can link this and all your Fall posts at The Fabulous Fall Party over at my blog!
    Looking forward to Decluttering Together!
    Thanks for sharing this.

  29. Amy
    September 8, 2016 / 8:27 AM

    Please add me. Been living in survival mode for many years and just now able to emerge. Decluttering is a luxury I can finally afford. Starting now prepping for a spring garage sale, so this process is much needed!

  30. September 9, 2016 / 12:03 AM

    A little internal motivation and some external push are going to get this job done ! Please add me !

  31. Dawn
    September 9, 2016 / 2:49 AM

    Please add me

  32. Anne
    September 9, 2016 / 4:26 AM

    I am doing the Marie Kondo method right now on my house. I’m about 1/2 way done and I feel so good when I see my clothes closet now! It stays tidy and everything has a place. So calming to see things organized instead of always seeing things that need to be done.

  33. Sue Reents
    September 9, 2016 / 7:01 AM

    I’m getting ready to move and I need to do this. Maybe this will motivate me and help me when I’m packing and unpacking.
    Add me to your list.

  34. September 9, 2016 / 7:05 AM

    Okay count me in! I’ve already done my bedroom and bathroom stuff and moving on to the office next. I stalled out when our oldest daughter and son-in-law moved in for a few months, but I love the motivation of finishing this up in the midst of community. Thanks for putting this together Sarah,and I’m looking forward to less chaos and more family over the holidays!

  35. Katie Masenhimer
    September 9, 2016 / 9:50 PM

    I would like to be in this.

  36. Maggie Mann
    September 10, 2016 / 5:35 AM

    I am recently retired and ready to do this! Please add me.

  37. Marion Miller
    September 10, 2016 / 5:38 AM

    Sounds amazing count me in. I won’t be able to get started until around the 1st of Oct since I’m out of town but once I’m back out it all goes!!!

  38. Serena Vilhelmsen
    September 10, 2016 / 10:50 AM

    Count me in please.

  39. Carol
    September 10, 2016 / 12:29 PM


  40. Janet
    September 10, 2016 / 1:16 PM

    Count me in ,ya ll!

  41. Stacey Wheeler
    September 10, 2016 / 1:33 PM

    I’ve always struggled with home organization and an over abundance of clutter, I desperately need some challenge and direction here. Looking forward to this!

  42. Anne Vaught
    September 10, 2016 / 3:15 PM

    Count me in! Perfect timing, too! Thanks, Sarah!☺️

  43. Rosemary
    September 10, 2016 / 3:32 PM

    Please add me!

  44. Jen Brzinski
    September 10, 2016 / 4:00 PM

    I’d like to join but I read half the book and felt like it was so intense and would take so much time that I just didn’t even start. ???? In the half I read I felt like she never addresses that people have kids or a spouse, she talked about moving your parents or siblings things but I feel like that’s a really different dynamic – maybe since you have kiddos I’ll be inspired by all you’re getting done! Add me please!

  45. Brynn
    September 10, 2016 / 4:11 PM

    I’m in!

  46. Lonnie Bohr
    September 10, 2016 / 7:59 PM

    Me too please!

  47. Isabelle
    September 11, 2016 / 1:36 AM

    Please add me!

  48. Carrie Young
    September 11, 2016 / 3:21 AM

    Could you please add me. I started the program and have done really well with clothing and books – keeping them well-maintained. I’m really tripped up on memorabilia though. Thanks for doing this for us.

  49. Michele
    September 11, 2016 / 4:37 AM

    I would love to learn alongside all of you. Having been a military family and moving every two years kept us with only the essentials. Retirement has allowed a few extra things to gather and I am itching to clear out!

    Thanks for doing this!

  50. Michelle
    September 11, 2016 / 10:00 AM

    Even though our house gets purged once a year for our neighborhood annual yard sale, our house feels as though it is still cluttered. I have been trying to only bring things into our home that serve a purpose but sometimes my addiction to auctions kicks in and I find I’m bringing home things that we really do not need. Please add me to the list as I look forward to following along and clearing things out once and for all!

  51. Pamela
    September 11, 2016 / 1:18 PM

    Yes. Please! I’m in

  52. Cindy
    September 11, 2016 / 2:20 PM

    I am in a rut! I know I would feel better if I de cluttered, but it is overwhelming:-(. Please help

  53. Pat Frank
    September 12, 2016 / 12:24 AM

    Please sign me up! I need all the help I can get! 🙂

  54. Carol
    September 12, 2016 / 10:28 AM

    Please add me to the group. More “fun” in numbers!

  55. Lisa Schultz
    September 12, 2016 / 10:46 AM

    Please add me to your Facebook. Thanks for the motivation.

  56. Jody
    September 12, 2016 / 1:04 PM

    Please add me to the group!

  57. Melissa
    September 12, 2016 / 6:50 PM

    Yes! Please add me to the faccebook group. Thank you for doing this!

  58. Sarah Stone
    September 12, 2016 / 7:25 PM

    If it’s not too late, I’d love to join!

  59. September 13, 2016 / 4:48 AM

    This is such an interesting concept. I definitely need to explore this more. Thank you for sharing at DI & DI 🙂 We enjoy your creativity each week!

  60. September 13, 2016 / 8:20 AM

    Thanks for the invitation, I am between jobs and have the time right now to declutter, I just need a push of motivation. Just discovered your blog and I love it. Thank you!

  61. Genevieve V.
    September 13, 2016 / 4:25 PM

    I know that I’m a day late for your challenge, but I actually have been in organizing mode around our own farmhouse and would love to join you all. Please add me to the group, if it’s not too late! Thanks.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:53 PM

      Its not too late! See you over there!

  62. nicole
    September 13, 2016 / 6:12 PM

    Can I be added to your Facebook 10 weeks declutter group? If its too late its okay I can wait until next time. Thank you!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 6:32 PM

      Heck no! I will add people as long as they want to come.

  63. Tanya Hulbert
    September 13, 2016 / 10:43 PM

    I am very encouraged to read this book now!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 18, 2016 / 6:51 AM

      Haha, you don’t have to, just ask your little expert who lives with you. wink!

  64. September 14, 2016 / 6:21 PM

    Please, if it’s not to late, add me to the group.

  65. Gwen Brantley
    September 15, 2016 / 1:10 PM

    I asked to be included in this group but did not receive my Invition via Facebook notification. Please resend it to me.

  66. Claire
    September 16, 2016 / 7:20 AM

    Yes please! I’ll catch up:)

  67. Tammy
    September 18, 2016 / 3:09 AM

    I’m a week late but have been working to decluttering my home. I really want to join the Facenook Group please.

  68. Lynn Goose
    September 18, 2016 / 4:35 AM

    Please add me. I have started to downsize, but can use all the help I can get.L

  69. Ann
    September 18, 2016 / 6:08 AM

    I downsized once when I retired. I now need somehow to clear out all those little things that accumulate – candle holders, mugs, etc. Add me in, please!

  70. Nancy
    September 18, 2016 / 7:19 AM

    I need to join your group. Have things to sell but they are in boxes in the basement for years.

  71. Charlotte
    September 18, 2016 / 11:30 AM

    I would love to join this group, I have started the process but need help.

  72. Cheri
    September 18, 2016 / 1:46 PM

    Please add me to the group.

  73. Deborah
    September 18, 2016 / 2:49 PM

    I would like to join this Facebook group, please.

  74. Amanda
    September 18, 2016 / 6:10 PM


  75. Ashley
    September 18, 2016 / 7:48 PM

    Please add me to the group!

  76. Cricket
    September 18, 2016 / 8:49 PM

    Definitely need this challenge!

  77. Anne
    September 19, 2016 / 8:43 AM

    Add me if it is not too late

  78. Anne
    September 19, 2016 / 8:44 AM

    Add me if it is not too late. I really need to get it together

  79. Melissa
    September 20, 2016 / 2:18 PM

    Help! Please add me if it’s not too late!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:05 AM

      You are not too late!!

  80. Mandy Ferguson
    September 20, 2016 / 8:07 PM

    I would love to join. 8m desperately downsizing to move.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:05 AM

      Perfect timing, so glad you found us!

  81. Donna
    September 20, 2016 / 8:54 PM

    Would love to join. I have been helpong my folks clean out, but I think I really need to start, too. Please add me to tbe group.

  82. Donna
    September 20, 2016 / 8:55 PM

    Would love to join. I have been helping my folks clean out, but I think I really need to start, too. Please add me to the group.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:04 AM

      Excellent, so glad you can join us!

  83. Vicki Schubert
    September 20, 2016 / 9:49 PM

    I’d love to join you!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:04 AM

      I sent you an email, hope to see you soon!

  84. Stephanie Cormier
    September 21, 2016 / 4:43 AM

    Is it too late for me to join in this group? This sounds like exactly what I need!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:03 AM

      See you there!

  85. Lucy
    September 21, 2016 / 4:52 AM

    Can I still join??

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:03 AM

      Yes, of course, I sent you an email.;)

  86. Nancy
    September 21, 2016 / 7:44 AM

    Please add me to the facebook group! I’ve read the book two times with months in between and I obviously need some accountabillity since I’ve yet to put what I’ve read to use. I’m a sentimental, pack rat that needs some serious help!! The hardest thing for me to deal with is paper. It never ends!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:03 AM

      Glad to have you!

  87. grammy goodwill
    September 23, 2016 / 10:02 AM

    Am I too late? I’m constantly getting rid of what I can, but I would love more tips. Facebook – Patricia Lightner Thanks.

  88. Beebee
    September 26, 2016 / 5:57 AM

    I may have responded in the wrong place earlier. If so, I’m trying again and am hoping I’m not too late to get in on this challenge. I’ll be checking my Facebook notifications!!

  89. Jan Mazzone
    September 29, 2016 / 7:32 AM

    I hope I can join the group. My business has been taking over my home space and I have worked hard to clean it up. But still a long way to go.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 2, 2016 / 2:07 PM

      sent you an email!

  90. Dianne Bell
    October 25, 2016 / 11:12 PM

    Is it too late to join/get an invitation to the decluttering group? I’m in need of all the help I can get. Thank You.

  91. Laura
    August 22, 2017 / 7:33 AM

    Please add me! Thank you. 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:21 PM

      The facebook group is not active anymore, but you can get a copy of the whole plan by adding your email to the gray banner running along the very top of my homepage. Hope that helps!

  92. Jo Ann
    February 5, 2018 / 2:47 PM

    Am I too late to get in on the . . . fun?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 18, 2018 / 6:43 PM

      I’m sorry, the group is finished 🙁 but if you go to my free items tab you can get a copy of the decluttering flow chart.

  93. Ann patton
    January 9, 2019 / 6:27 AM

    Please unsubscribe me to your Facebook feed
    Thank you

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 10, 2019 / 2:52 AM

      Hi Ann,

      I just checked and I don’t see a way to unsubscribe you on Facebook. I suggest going to my page and reclicking the follow or like button to reverse your follow.

      Take Care!

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