Thursday, January 21, 2016

Let's Spark Some Joy - Trying Out the KonMari Method

Hey Gals! If you follow me on Snapchat (kleva21) you may have seen that I've embarked on the latest organization craze (wait, can organization be considered a craze?! lol) - the KonMari Method, based on the popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

This past Monday I was off for MLK day, which also coincided with having some electrical work done on my house. Because the electrical work would require me to be without power for most of the day, I figured this was the perfect time to settle in with a good book for the day, and that book just happened to be the one mentioned above. After hearing good things about it, plus just based on the title alone, I decided to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about. Well let me tell you, I was pretty much hooked after about 10 pages, lol. Well maybe not exactly hooked, but very intrigued!

For those not familiar with the KonMari Method, her philosophy is pretty simple - if something in your home does not "spark joy" for you, then you should get rid of it.

As someone who loooooves her "stuff" and has difficulty parting with "things", this was a little tough to swallow at first, but after reading a little bit more, it made perfect sense. And the more I read, especially when it comes to your clothing, it reminded me of the capsule wardrobe concept that I had been so curious about. Why would I be hanging on to all of this excess that I never wore or used? Not only does it take up valuable space in my house, but it also causes me to overlook the items I truly treasure because of the sheer volume of stuff I've accumulated. And it also causes me to overlook all of the crap I've amassed over the years that I do not treasure, but have simply been hanging onto because "I might use/need/want it" one day.

Another point that Marie focuses on is letting go of the notion of not being "a neat/tidy person". This definitely struck a chord with me because this is something I've pretty much being saying for most of my life! I truly am not a neat person by nature, but I'm also someone who loves when when things are organized to perfection. The only problem is that anytime I did have these organization bursts, it'd turn to a mess again pretty much 5 minutes later! Marie focuses on how it's not necessary to have a million specialty organization systems or bins since it's not really attainable to keep up with in the long run (or short run, in my case!). When something is too complicated to follow, the novelty wears off very quickly, and you're back to your old (messy) habits. Marie feels that by eliminating everything except the things that truly bring you joy, you'll have the space to keep everything in it's place with little effort required.

So after getting about 2/3's of the way through her book (it's a very quick read!), I decided to give this KonMari method a go. Her big thing is to tackle things by category, rather than room, so I focused on my clothes first (which is what she recommends since you are most likely to have the least amount of emotional attachment to clothing).

After taking every single article of clothing out of my three (yes three!) dressers and my closet, I got to purging and was pretty pleased to quickly accumulate 5 garbage bags worth of clothes to donate. She then has a very specific method of folding your clothes - something I'm still trying to master, but I will say that everything fit back in my dressers with drawers to spare! I'm 3 days in, and loving the initial effects of this system, but only time will tell how sustainable it is in the long-run. I also still need to tackle the rest of my house, so I plan to post an update after doing another round of purging (I'm looking at you beauty supplies!), and see how lasting the effect is.
My KonMari helper for the day
Has anyone else tried out the KonMari Method? I'd love to hear any tips/advice/feedback from anyone that has tried the KonMari method out. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface with this and want to hear some other reviews!

Linking up with Natalie and Annie


  1. I didn't read the post, just skimmed to the bottom because I am in the process of reading this as well. I don't want to know how it works out for anyone else until I get done the book (ruining the surprise, I guess!). I'll let you know what I think when I'm done.. planning to finish and get to work during the snowy weekend!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  2. I think it's great that it's not the less is more approach, but rather does it bring you joy approach!! I could totally work with that!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Love learning about your experience. I have the book....just need to stinkin' READ IT! :)

  4. i haven't gone full on with this, but i am more mindful when i purchase things and bring them into the house.

  5. i really love this! i find it really hard to let go of "stuff" but i think that i'm newly inspired with this post! i really feel overwhelmed by it even if i'm holding on and i just love letting things go that i really don't need/want/use

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. Love this approach! I've gotten much better over the years, but there is still a lot more that doesn't ignite a spark lying around. Definitely need to pick up this book <3
    Green Fashionista

  7. I'm so in need of a new approach to my "stuff"! You've made a very good start...kudos! I would love to give this a try, but I know the hardest things for me to part with are going to be those with sentimental value...and that's a lot of things for me! I need to pick up this book and see if I can get on board!

  8. So I gotta know, what is the special way of folding to get more drawer space?!?! I feel like my tshirt and "lounge clothes: drawers could use some help. Is it sad that I do have an emotional attachment to my clothes even though that is where I could stand to purge more? I have gone through and gotten rid of so much in the last year but I feel like I could do even more still!

  9. This system sounds really interesting. I'll definitely be checking it out.

  10. As someone who has moved every year for the past seven years, I have to subscribe to this method, it makes moving happier and easier! Someone suggested this book for my book club, I will be reading it no matter what!

  11. I started and then I moved so I need to restart it!

  12. i read this book and thought she made some good points but i didn't go crazy organising or anything lol. the best part of the book for me was when she said something about letting go of things that have 'done their job' and not feeling wasteful. like, i bought a very expensive dress at home a few years ago, and i wore it once. i can't sell it here because the brand is popular in australia, not in america so i wouldn't get my money's worth, and the sizing is weird and it's just hard to describe to sell, you know? so it just sat in my closet because i felt bad getting rid of it. so the part of her book that says to like, let it go and realise it has 'done its job' was mind blowing to me. i didn't thank the dress or anything, but i was able to get rid of it lol.

  13. I haven't read it, but am very intrigued. I saw your snap and went to Google...haha. I have been organizing a lot in the new year and getting rid of things, but definitely want to read this too!


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