After finishing reading Marie Kondo’s book I decided to follow KonMari method for five days. And the results totally surprised me!
Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix’s hit show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.
KonMari encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.
I would say Marie Kondo’s book is my inspiration to become a minimalist. Back in 2018, I had no idea about minimalism world. One of my friends recommended me the book and presented how much it had impacted her life. It felt like a propaganda to me, but nevertheless. I ended up owning that book. It has absolutely transformed my life till today.
It is six steps from the method that is easy to follow. Just give yourself time, don’t rush the process. Below are the first steps to a tidier you:
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
- Tidy by category, not location.
- Follow the right order.
- Ask yourself it it sparks joy.
And five categories to tackle:
- Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
- Sentimental Items
To be honest, at first I was struggling. I had to change my old bad habits and my mindset but I stayed focused. It might be hard at first, but keep trying and remember your muscular goal, it is easy-peasy.
So here is what I achieved through this process:
- My life has more time because I organized everything by category so I don’t waste my time by searching my clothes under the bed. Sorting through your clothes is good. Sorting through your closet first, then your dresser, then finally the storage bins in the basement, is a fatal mistake.
- My life has more space for living In my closet, Kondo’s vertical folding technique makes everything easy to spot and hard to mess up. Instead of put all my clothes hang, I just fold it now and put all in the drawer. The result was amazing! I have 70% more of the space in closet. It is not including the items that I throw away and donation.
- My life has extra money in saving account Not only did I get rid of my stuff, but I also stoped purchasing unnecessary items. Marie said, “Ask yourself it sparks joy.” So I only buy what I need, not what I want.
Marie Kondo’s lessons show that in focusing on what does not make you happy, you’re only inviting unhappiness into your life. If you look around your home and dwell on those items you can’t stand, you’re just generating more negativity.Livible
- My life is surrounded with positive energy Tidy space gives me positive environment. It has a massive impact on our mental clarity and peace of mind. My brain is completely refreshed and productive.
Becoming a minimalist takes time; it took me a while to accept that I have too many unneeded itmes in my house. It took me a while to get rid of the books that I have never read. We just have to accept the truth — me, as a person who obsessed to collect mugs and notebooks. But now I became a minimal, even I just started last year, but I would say my journey is going pretty well because I always know what my goal is.
Let me know in the comment what your goal is and how you liked my article!
I also linked my pervious blog Stay Minimal: 5 Benefits Of Being A Minimalist for you guys to get more inspiration.