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Marie Kondo - does tidiness really equal a clean mind?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing best-selling book - 11 Million copies sold ! ( she also has a Netflix show )

She has also been listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Her popularity has proved that more of us are spending more time at home and want to surround ourselves and consume less STUFF.

So with the long Easter weekend coming up is a good old fashioned Spring Clean really beneficial to our mental wellbeing ?

It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood ,self-esteem & linked to depression.

It's easy to be overwhelmed and hard to resist the constant "buy & consume" messages we are confronted with every day.

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This is a summary of the Japanese organizing expert’s decluttering philosophy to help you decide whether the KonMari method is right for you. 

discarding items. 

Despite the “tidying” of the book’s title, it's not about organizing your possessions; it’s about getting rid of stuff.

The theory is that the more you can get rid of, the easier it is to tidy up.

It’s about mindset. 

Kondo describes how to declutter your house physically, but she says her technique enables her clients to acquire the mindset needed to stay tidy forever rather than just doing a big clutter dump once a week or once a month (or once a year).

It stresses tidying all at once rather than in small steps. 

Decluttering in one go means you will never revert to your old, cluttered ways. She says tidying should be a “special event,” not a regular chore you do each day.

It’s not about storage -  Kondo is not a proponent of special storage methods and products like racks and shelving units. “Putting things away,” she writes, “creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.”

Tidying by category, not location. 

prevents the confusion that arises when you try to declutter objects stored in multiple locations.

It’s one-size-fits-all. 

The KonMari method, when done by the book, cannot be changed to suit your personality. Regardless of the various personal, psychological reasons people accumulate clutter, Kondo says, the solution to it is the same.

It has two parts 

discarding and organizing, and discarding must be done first.

It involves visualization. 

Kondo’s clients are asked to imagine the life they want to live and break down each wish (to do yoga every day) by evaluating why they want that particular thing (to relax.)

It asks you to choose what to keep, not what to throw away. 

Holding each item you possess in your hands,

It has a specific order. 

When discarding, Kondo says, you must

  • begin with clothes,

  • followed by books,

  • papers,

  • miscellany

  • mementos

  • Within those categories, there’s a further breakdown, for example, in the clothing category you move from

  • tops to bottoms,

  • jackets,

  • socks and so on.

It’s big on folding. 

Clothing must not only “spark joy,” but be folded in a specific manner.

It’s private.

Kondo says you should tidy without letting your family see you, and you should not discard anyone else’s belongings without their permission.

She recommends disposing of almost all papers and documents and keeping only the smallest collection of books and photographs.

It has few storage rules. 

Kondo favors “ultimate simplicity” in storage.

like items should be stored together, storage areas should not be scattered, and stacks (of anything) are to be avoided.

It has a mystical or spiritual component. 

Kondo believes not only that decluttering can change your life, but that it can result in clearer skin or weight loss.

items you are discarding should be “launched” on a “new journey” with a parting ceremony, and that you should “carry on a dialogue with your home while tidying.”

Good luck !

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