I’ll admit it. I love hype. All types of hype. Even hype that comes in the form of a tiny book written by a *possibly* crazy woman who is telling us to throw out all of our things. To this I say: Let’s burn down the closets!
By now you probably realize that I’m speaking of the ridiculously popular KonMari method, as put forth in Marie Kondo’s runaway bestseller: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. (#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!! 3 MILLION COPIES SOLD!!)
Two of my friends mentioned this book to me in the same day, and that was enough for me to search for the nearest bandwagon so that I could hurl myself headfirst into it.
And you know what? I’m really glad I did. But I’ll get to that later. For now, here’s a quick summary of the book:
- Your house is full of crap you don’t even like.
- Get rid of that shit.
- If you tidy your space once (properly!) you will never have to do it again.
- Only keep that which “sparks joy.” (Note: I have some questions as to how this applies to, say, cleaning products)
- Tidy in one intense burst because if you’re like most people you’re lazy and will lose the plot on your self-improvement kick in no time.
- Trash all your books (ok not all of your books, just most of your books).
- Folding your clothes is a blast if you know what you’re doing.
- Storage experts are hoarders.
- Stop letting your items mill around like vagrants. They all need a designated home base.
- Your socks have feelings. By balling them up you’re killing their will to live. How dare you.
- Stop being a hoarding slob and live your best life.
Ok this is only kind of a summary.
I read the book in 48 hours, non-stop. Those of you with small children know what a feat that is. I cruised through it because Kondo is speaking a language I need to hear right now. (Actually she is speaking in Japanese, but her translator is speaking a language I need to hear right now).
Since I’ve been trying to set up my life as a new mom and “homemaker” of sorts (never my strong suit), I’ve been searching for ways to make my house as functional as possible. I want my space to feel peaceful and happy. I don’t want to be drowning in junk I never use.
I want to commune with my socks.
Ok I don’t want to commune with my socks even remotely, but the rest of what I said is true.
I’ve been looking for answers to questions I didn’t quite know I had. And Kondo just may have some answers.
Based on the success of the book, it seems that others have had these questions too. And although Kondo veers into somewhat absurd territory – sorry, but I don’t think that I’ll be emptying my bag every time I come home and thanking it for all of it’s hard work (although I’m confident my two-year old would be really patient while I did that!) – I AM finding plenty of valuable things to consider.
The KonMari Method is a process that can take up to a few months of diligent effort to complete, so as I’m working through it I’ll be writing about it on the blog. I would love to hear if any of you are also trying it!
My next post, “Declutter My Closet Until I’m Forced to Become a Nudist” is about how I got rid of at least half of my clothes in an epic fit of brash decision-making, and still ended up with this dud in my “keep” pile. You can find it here.
Other than the crotchless pajamas (which do not “spark joy”!), I feel pretty good about things.
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