Does Tidying with Kon Mari Really Spark Joy?

If you haven’t heard about the Tidying with Kon Mari craze after its release on Netflix January 1st 2019 you may be with Sandra Bullock blindfolded heading down stream. People have been inspired to head to their closets to once and for all discover what sparks joy. If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about then here’s a little summary:

“The Netflix series if based on the author Marie Kondo’s organizing philosophy that she shares in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying . The book hit shelves in 2014 and was a hit (including a New York Best seller). Now her philosophy of keeping things that spark joy has made its way into our homes.”

I discovered the book in 2015 as I was starting my career as a Professional Organizer AND was merging households with my then boyfriend. We were bringing 2 households into 1 and there wasn’t enough space, well there was for my stuff, but not for his ;-). Since I wanted him to stick around, I had to make some drastic moves. That’s when Marie Kondo came into my life.

Here are some things I loved about the Kon Mari Method

  • The idea of organizing by category and not by room is a game changer! That may mean you have to go on a scavenger hunt around your house to find everything, but it’s a really efficient (although time-consuming) way to really tidy a space at once.
  • I love file folding my shirts so much I even taught my little sister how to do it.
  • Surrounding yourself with the things you love not only makes your home happier, but it makes you happier too. Having permission to get rid of things that didn’t spark joy was a great exercise in letting go.
  • She helped me change my mindset on letting things go, for example, gifts – we keep them out of guilt at the expense of having a home we love. The moment you exchange the gift you’ve completed your end of the exchange – they got to see your smiling face when you receive their gift, it warmed their heart – and at that point the gift has served its purpose.

On the other hand here’s what didn’t spark joy for me:

  • It’s quite a tedious process and can get really overwhelming quick. I didn’t make it through all the categories, but over time have decluttered and organized every room and closet in my home.
  • I mentioned file folding above, I loved it, but it didn’t work for my husband. We went with rolling his shirts because it was a simpler method he’d actually keep up with (that’s key!).
  • While having your counters completely clear is great in theory,  it’s not realistic for our home and probably not for most American homes. There are certain things I like insight because they trigger a reminder for me, for example, my medicine.
  • Along the same lines, Kon Mari encourages you to empty your purse daily, who has time for that! And to have a caddy to bring toiletries to your shower, so you keep it clear of bottles, etc. – I’ll pass!

There are no steadfast rules to organizing, but I think the Kon Mari gives a great framework to start. I picked and chose what I would realistically do and stick with and went with that. I encourage you to do the same for yourself!

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