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Konmari. Hygge. Konmari. Hygge. Konmari…
There’s just SO MUCH lately! And nothing speaks to me more than organization and coziness. I am on a constant quest for a totally organized home that is filled only with items I absolutely love, while not being cluttered and still being super cozy.
Is it possible? You bet. And here’s how.
To start, let’s go over the Konmari method and the hygge lifestyle.
What is the Konmari method?
If you are on social media at all you’ve probably heard of the KonMari method by now, and you’ve probably seen at least a few episodes of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix. Marie Kondo is a fireball of positive energy whose passion is decluttering and organization.
Unlike most decluttering and organization methods that emphasize focusing on one room or area at a time and organizing a little here and there, the KonMari method focuses on tidying by category, no matter how many areas of your house hold these items. These categories are clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and lastly, sentimental items.
Unlike other methods, the KonMari method allows you to hang onto items that have sentimental value. That is, you can hold onto them with one caveat: they must “spark joy.” If the item doesn’t fill you with joy & happiness, it’s time to let it go. Marie Kondo suggests thanking the items for its time in your life and the joy it once brought, and then setting it aside for donation.
Marie Kondo asks you to imagine your ideal lifestyle and the KonMari method is a very mindful method of decluttering, tidying and organizing everything in your life to get you to that lifestyle.
She also has ways to fold just about everything and the KonMari folding method is really quite genius- you can watch a video here – because it frees up SO MUCH SPACE in your dresser drawers *and* allows you to see your clothing, shirts especially, easily without rifling through your drawers.
If the KonMari method itself sparks a little joy for you (I know it does for me!) you can print this KonMari checklist and get started on your ideal lifestyle!
You can read more about the KonMari method (and also learn how to become a certified KonMari consultant <— I am SO tempted!) on the KonMari website. If you’re really into it you can purchase her books on Amazon, too. (Again, I am SO tempted! They are in my cart…)
KonMari in a nutshell:
To really briefly summarize, the KonMari method involves evaluating all of your stuff, category by category, and determining what has served its purpose, and what continues to enhance your life. As you go through each possession you dispose of items, tidy, and organize. By the time you’ve focused on all of the categories (clothing, books, papers, miscellaneous items and sentimental items) your home should be exactly how you imagined it could be once you’ve let go all of the “stuff” that was cluttering it. While the KonMari method is certainly focused on simplifying your belongings and being tidy and organized, it’s also about the lifestyle that will result from these major steps.
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