Take it from Kondo: Decluttering Your Home

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You may be unfamiliar with Marie Kondo, or maybe you’ve only heard the myths and lore that surround her name, but it’s time you take a page out of her book, both literally and figuratively. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is a must-have for anyone who’s consistently plagued with the unfortunate occurrence of looking around their apartment and wondering how in God’s name they accumulated so many things. 

If you’ve ever found yourself in this predicament, and wasted thirty minutes of your time telling yourself that you’re, “going to get this place in order,” only to find that an hour and a half later, you’re still sitting on the couch staring at your phone, Kondo has the solution. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s not laziness that’s holding you back, it’s your brain being overwhelmed. 

Kondo’s book, as well as her YouTube videos, simplify the process of saying goodbye to your possessions. Letting go is not an easy process and Kondo approaches that subject delicately and directly. She teaches a systematic, therapeutic approach that leaves you with a sigh of relief. Finally, you can truly relax without cumbersome paraphernalia pestering you. There’s a right place for everything, read on to find out where. 

Think in Terms of Categories, Not Rooms 
Trying to organize a room leads your brain into several different directions and gives you too many choices. “Do I put the sheets in the laundry first, or organize my clothing first?” Don’t unnecessarily challenge your brain. 

When you’re deciding what to get rid of, categories allow you to easily sift through the useless items. If you’re trying to organize and declutter a room that’s full of miscellaneous items, there’s a good chance that you’ll overlook discardable items. Separate your possessions into categories, and you’ll discover what’s important to you. 

First, Consider What You Want To Keep 
The prevailing approach to decluttering has been one of trying to get rid of things rather than deciding what should stay. People too often try to get rid of things that have broken pieces, are out of style, or waning in popularity. The Kondo method flips that logic on its head, emphasizing that we focus on what we cherish so that we can accentuate those items. 

If we are only concerned with what we want to get rid of, it creates a negative approach that leads us to feel overwhelmed. When we focus on the positive aspects of what we own and cherish, negative chatter and all of our unwanted items seem to vanish. 

Consider Your Items’ Feelings 
Kondo suggests that we take the time to consider our possessions’ feelings. This may sound sappy to you, but how we treat our possessions is a reflection of our self-image. If your possessions are strewn across the floor and everything is out of place, chances are, you feel discombobulated and neglected as well. 

Don’t be heartless, fold your clothes neatly in the dresser. It’s easy to hastily hang them in the closet, but how would you like to be hung in the closet? Make your possessions feel comfortable and they will return the favor. 

It’s Time To Move On, Friend 
Nostalgia is a profound emotion. It’s easy to get sidetracked walking down memory lane. However, it’s important for you to remember that the old letters, photographs, and memories can wait. Focus on the task at hand; you’re reorganizing, not reminiscing. 

Everything you own can have sentimental value if you think about it too long. However, with most items, your reluctance to let go is probably due to procrastination rather than true meaning. We know, you have a big heart, but trying to fit everything in there might just give you a heart attack! 

Refining Your Style 
Breaking your wardrobe down is about getting to the root of what you want to express. This principle doesn’t only apply to clothing, either, it applies to your decor as well. When you force yourself to simplify, you ironically come to a deeper understanding. 

Getting ready to go to work is challenging when you have twenty-five outfits to choose from. It’s even more problematic when twenty of those outfits have been taking up closet space for seven years. Ladies, do you really need that club dress from 2014? Fellas, do you really need the worn-out Jordans from 2012? 

Why You’ll Thank Yourself Later 
● Identifying What You Can Improve on: Adopting the Kondo method accurately identifies what you’re missing and eliminates the guesswork. You won’t be overthinking whether or not you should get rid of single items or whether or not single items fit in your living space. The Kondo method gives you clarity. You’ll finally be able to look at your wardrobe and confidently identify exactly what’s missing. 
● Cleaning Becomes a Cinch- Considering your possessions’ feelings allows you to find the right place for everything. When everything has a right place, you no longer misplace items. You’ll be amazed by how easy it is for you to keep your place tidy. 
● Natural Decision Making- When you systematically approach decluttering, you no longer wonder whether you’re making the right choice by getting rid of things. You respect yourself and your surroundings. Treating items as though they have feelings allows you the opportunity to make choices based on what’s right for everyone involved. 

Ease Your Mind With Kondo 
Adopting the Kondo method will turn your place into a comfort zone. You’ve been swimming in clutter for too long and it’s time for you to make a change. Decluttering doesn’t have to involve hours of arduous work that makes you feel drained, it can be simple and gratifying. 

The Kondo method isn’t difficult and that’s one of the reasons why its proponents give such high praise; because it’s simple and it works. So, what are you waiting for? Start simplifying and stop overthinking. 

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