The KonMari Method has six rules of tidying:
1. Commit yourself to tidying.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
3. Finish discarding first.
4. Tidy by category, not location.
5. Follow the right order.
6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy
The Process: Put ALL of your clothes into one big pile, hold each item of clothing in your hands, if the clothing doesn’t spark joy with you, thank the item for its service, and put it in the donate pile.
Marie Kondo shows you an amazing way to fold your clothes into small rectangles placed vertically rather than horizontally, to keep your drawers more organized.
The Process: To start you must take ALL of the books off the shelves or any areas in your house and spread them out on the floor, touch each book if it sparks joy put them into the keep pile, if it does not spark joy put them into a recycle, trash, or donate pile, and make sure to thank your books for their service!
The Process: Gather all of your papers from all the drawers and any other areas in your house. Sort into recycling, trash, and important papers you need/want to keep.
Marie suggests 3 different organization techniques for your papers, (1) needs attention-vertical upright organizer, forms that need filled out, bills that need paid, etc. (2) Frequent-binder style with plastic sleeves -schedules, calendars, appointments, etc., (3) Infrequent- clear envelope like organizer- insurance policies, bank statements, passports etc.
Komono (kitchen, bathroom, garage, misc.)
The Process: Again, we need to pull everything out and start separating into piles, if you find sentimental make a separate pile for those to go through later. Get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy. Categorize and store the same sized items together, like large utensils with other large utensils or small pots with other small pots. In your garage use see through tubs and stack items vertically, so you can see what is in the box. Put items that you frequently use in the easy to access areas, and vice versa for the items you do not use all the time.
The Process: These items are the ones that you hold dearly to your heart. Go through them, and if they still bring you great joy and memories, keep them. You can find ways to display some of your sentimental possessions. Use boxes that bring you joy to store all of your sentimental items. Photos can go in an album or a box, but Kondo says you want to avoid shoving them somewhere and assuming you’ll look at them later. Marie says that finding a permanent home for your sentimental items will give the joy of completing your organizing.