I’ve been going on somewhat of a journey these past few months. I guess I have been feeling a bit stressed and crowded – maybe just a touch of year-end-blues. I have been feeling like there is a lot of excess in my life. I’ve been thinking a lot about my impact on the environment (probably a reaction to watching The True Cost). I’ve also been thinking about how I want my house to be tidy and ‘peaceful’ but it always seems to be in a state of disarray, with a lot of clutter, both out in the open, but also inside wardrobes and cupboards.
This led me to start looking into Marie Kondo, whose name I had heard enough about on social media but I didn’t really know anything about her tidying method. A quick YouTube search had me watching several videos on the KonMari method of decluttering (see some of my favourites linked below). Soon enough I was online ordering both The Life-changing Magic of Tidying and the sequel Spark Joy. And getting super excited about starting my own journey.
who is marie kondo?
Marie Kondo is a tidying consultant from Japan. She claims to have been obsessed with tidying as a child and has now built a career from helping people to declutter. From what I’ve seen of her on YouTube she is absolutely cute-as-a-button, and exudes this aura of total peace and happiness. Her idea is that we all hold on to too much stuff. And really, the key to happiness is to surround yourself with only the things that “spark joy”. Imagine being surrounded only be stuff that makes you happy. Who wouldn’t love a life like that?
what’s so special about the konmari method?
Marie Kondo recommends a method of cleaning out your stuff in a strict sequence of clothing first, then books, then papers, then miscellaneous items (like stuff in your kitchen, dvds etc), and finally sentimental items. And within each category you should gather all things related to that category from every room in your house, and place it in one area to sort through. Then you discard or donate anything that doesn’t bring you joy. She offers tips on storage, and also advises that every item should have a home. And so long as your items are always returned to their home, your house will always be tidy.
I read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying in one sitting and I couldn’t wait for the weekend so I could start decluttering. The book is surprisingly straight-forward and very honest. Chances are you will recognise yourself in a lot of the anecdotes Kondo tells. For example, how we hold on to things out of guilt or because we think we ‘have to’. And once we get rid of those things we feel much more relaxed. It’s a little repetitive at times, but you can also dip in and out depending on where you’re at in your journey. Her second book, Spark Joy, consolidates what you’ve learned from the first book and then goes into more detail about how to store your things, how to fold correctly, and how to maintain your space. Plus it comes with super cute illustrations!
Over the next few weeks (or maybe months, depending on how long this process takes), I will post about each stage of my KonMari journey. I will review what I did and how it felt. I’m really looking forward to getting to the end of this and being able to reflect on how things have changed (I hope). It’s been inspiring so far and if I can help spread a little bit of joy to our Cactus Pop readers, then that is even better.
In the meantime, here is a list of my favourite YouTube channels that ultimately inspired me to give this a go. Also, if you’ve been through this journey, I would love to hear how you went – so drop me a comment below!
- Lavendaire has a great channel about all things wellbeing – from mindfulness to motivation. She also takes you through her KonMari journey and has folding tutorials – these are a must-see if you’re like me and prefer to learn by demonstration.
- A Young Mum takes you through her journey and also shows updates where she has tweaked her storage methods since her big declutter. I like that this is going to be an ongoing journey, so it’s great getting some extra tips and advice.
- Tidy Up With KonMari has loads of videos from all over the web – from interviews with Marie Kondo, to features where she has gone to people’s houses and completed the journey with them. Highly recommend!
- Most recently, I’ve been watching a few videos posted by callmekaty. I find it useful seeing how other people get rid of their stuff – there’s usually lots of good advice and also makes you feel less alone in this decluttering process! Anyway, Katy has done her own declutter and also has a series of videos with her sister. The bathroom one has been my fave to watch so far!