The World was taken over by the Konmari Method last summer. Pinterest was full of pins of people talking about this method and how it changed their life, were you one of them? I was, I had to know the “secret” to this organizing sensation.
She states if you follow her methods, you won’t fall into the trap of being un-organized ever again. After testing out her methods for a few months, here is some feedback:
- Folding Method: Her folding method of storing clothes vertically really does work well. You are able to see things much clearer and more space is created by using this method. I have found that when there aren’t very many clothes in the drawer, the vertical storage doesn’t hold up as well but it’s still better than horizontal storage.
- Spark Joy: She states to keep items that “spark joy”. You should only keep items that you love. If it doesn’t make you happy or feel good about yourself, get rid of it. Asking yourself if an item makes you happy sounds corny but it works if you are honest with yourself, no maybes are allowed. It’s yes or no.
What Didn’t Work
- Shoebox Method: She says to use a shoebox to empty your handbag items out in it everyday. The initial thought of this sounded really good because you would clear out your bag everyday. Have you ever forgotten something that was in your bag? I have, so I thought this was going to be a great method but it didn’t work as well as I anticipated. Emptying out the items everyday was easy, the difficult part was deciding what to put back in there the next day. Some days things were needed and other days they weren’t and of course the days the items were needed, they weren’t in there.
- Color coding: She states to arrange your clothes from light to dark. Something always felt off in the closet with this method. Ultimately we went back to the rainbow method.
- Talking to Items: She talks about talking to your household items, like your chair, picture, etc. It was like a kid talking to a stuffed animal or Tom Hanks in Casper. It was a bit too much.
If you are looking for a place to start decluttering and don’t know where to start, her methods will help you get started.
Here’s her book if you haven’t read it yet and are curious 🙂
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Have you tried the Konmari Method? Did you like it? What worked? What didn’t? Would love to hear your thoughts!