I came across Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” about two-years ago. The concept was brand new to me but there was something so familiar about it. As a child, I used my own resources to come up with tidying techniques and for years, I thought I had figured it all out. I just kept purchasing things and then purchasing plastic things to keep them organized. I didn’t know that I was struggling with an addictive shopping behavior and that my organizing was just helping the habit stick around. I knew it was time for a change.
As I began to read the book, I wanted to understand WHY I was purchasing these unnecessary things. Why it felt so necessary to keep these shopping habits – to have 80+ pairs of shoes and countless shirts, tops and pants. I craved having more and more until I realized that I was just buying things that I didn’t love. I bought them to have them, not so they would bring me joy and fulfill their purpose. I began my adventure with the KonMari Method about a year ago. I’ve always been interested in tidying and cleaning so I wanted to share some tips, tricks and some personal accomplishments I’ve made within the world of tidying/minimalism. And if you haven’t read her books yet, I highly recommend them. It’s not just about tidying your space, it’s about prioritizing your life.
Another helpful tip within her second book, “Spark Joy”, are these illustrated images about the basic folding methods to follow after you have sorted through your things. These are extremely helpful in the first round of tidying as you tackle the “clothing” category first while using the KonMari Method.
It took me years to realize that my obsession with helping my elementary friends, middle school and high school friends tidy their rooms was more than just something I like to do when I was bored, I’ve always had a passion for it. I still, to this day, help a few friends out when I have the time to visit them. I’m currently considering becoming a KonMari Certified Consultant so I can help people all over the world find peace in the places they call home and begin prioritizing life over things. I think it would be a great opportunity and a wonderful way to share my passion with others about cleaning, living minimally and tidying their spaces. Do keep in mind, although you may tidy your space completely once, it will take a small amount of effort each day to keep it that way but once everything has a place, everything can be in its place. You should have seen the look of horror that was on my face this past weekend when my doorbell rang and Jeremiah answered the door for a neighbor I wasn’t expecting. Although my house was far from a disaster, I was still embarrassed that my 5-year-old’s toys were still on the floor, he had built a pillow fort and proceeded to knock it down and a few pieces of clothing laid there – smack-dab in the middle of the living room. Oh well, what are we to do? Just keep tidying, I suppose!
Here are a few examples of areas in my home that I am re-defining this month after having used the KonMari Method once already:
These may seem like small baby-steps, but each and every time I tidy again, I find another item that I can discard of or find a better home for. My entire house is a work in progress and I hope to never stop learning better methods of tyding. I hope this gives you some inspiration to get out there and begin tyding, or at least, pick up one of Marie Kodo’s books!