Don’t you just love the feeling of having everything together? A clean room, a well organized home — there’s just something about it that feels freeing and open to possibilities. I love that feeling so I set about decluttering with the KonMari method. Here’s how it went!
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It seems like everyone went through a tidying phase at the beginning of the pandemic. Marie Kondo and organizing hacks blew up as everyone rushed to figure out how to organize their homes. After all, they’d now be home — all the time.
Naturally, I hopped onto the trend and downloaded the audiobook version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (I also wrote a book review on it). I was immediately inspired to take charge of my life and go through all of my things. While I didn’t do the full program, I still enjoyed going through my belongings and deciding what was worth keeping. Asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?” brings about some surprising answers. A year ago, I knew there were items that didn’t “spark joy” but I held onto them all the same.
Cut to this year — I decided to move and it seemed like a natural time to go through my belongings again. Seriously, it’s amazing (and slightly scary) how many things you accumulate in a year. I remembered the book and decided to check it out again.
Did I completely follow the book? Nope. Do I only have items that “spark joy”? Also, no. But, am I happier with how the second go through has gone? Yes. Was I able to get rid of more items this time? Also yes.
I was able to get rid of more sentimental items this time. Some things that were on the borderline last time, but I justified keeping, actually left my possession. Doing the process more intentionally twice set me up to get rid of more because I had already framed the questions to myself and could more critically answer them this time. I was able to purge some items that realistically I would not use but I had high hopes that I would (i.e. paints, other items for hobbies I’m not into anymore, etc.).
It’s a process. Maybe I’ll listen to it every year and I’ll eventually be able to say I really did the KonMari method. But for now, I’m enjoying my progress and where I’m at.
What about you? What’s been your experience with decluttering with the KonMari method? Have you tried it?