Clear the Clutter: Tidy for the New Year

Househappy —  January 9, 2015 — Leave a comment

What do you really need? That’s what Japan’s leading home-organization expert wants you to ask yourself. Actually, it’s even simpler than that. Look around your home, and if you see something that makes you happy, or in her words “sparks joy,” keep it. If not, let it go.

Marie Kondo feels that by following her methods, dubbed the “KonMari method” in Japan, even the biggest packrat can be happy in their home, and reduce their daily time spent tidying to next-to-nothing. For most people, this feels like a tantalizing yet unattainable prospect, so it’s no wonder her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” which just came out in the US, is already a sensation in Asia and Europe, according to The New York Times.

It’s a smart-looking and straightforward little book, and Marie’s pared-down writing is refreshing and easy to follow. Beyond her rule about keeping only what sparks joy, her guidelines boil down to two other main concepts: organize by category/type, not by location, i.e., go through all clothes no matter where in your home they are currently located vs. organize the bedroom, and do not purchase any dedicated organizing equipment. Oh, and she says you must follow her methods faithfully, or you will not succeed. Seems simple enough! No wonder she’s become a celebrity in Japan.

In keeping with our new years resolutions, we’re going to give the KonMari tidying method a try. Anything that makes home a more peaceful place to be is a very good thing, and this is the perfect time of year to get started. Below, see examples from The New York Times of Marie at work, and a client’s room before and after.

Source: The New York Times

 

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