Have you ever felt a strong sense of satisfaction after tidying up your home but annoyed because the clutter and mess seem to return all too soon? The truth is, many of us tidy up our homes by rearranging items, or only throwing out things that are spoilt instead of really thinking about what we actually need.
Introducing the KonMari method by Marie Kondo, author of Spark Joy – An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying that’s sold millions of copies worldwide. Marie’s finely tuned method focuses on throwing out things in your life that don’t really bring you any joy, and only keeping those that do. The result? A far tidier home, and much happier residents to boot.
“Only two skills are needed,” says Marie. “The ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest, and the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place. The important thing is not deciding what to discard but rather what you want to keep.”
Sure, this method requires some time and effort, but there is a reason everyone’s talking about it – it really works! Here are the three golden rules:
1. Tidy By Category, Not By Location
Tidying room by room inevitably sees you shuffling things around without getting rid of anything. “This makes it impossible to get an accurate grasp of the volume of things you actually own,” says Marie. “The correct approach is to tidy all the things in the same category in one go.
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When tidying clothes, gather every item of clothing from the entire house into one spot. This allows you to see objectively exactly how much you have.”