How to Organize the Konmari Way | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Welcome everyone to the final day of our Seven Day Konmari Declutter Challenge!
If you haven’t been following along to the challenge, let’s get you caught up.
Decluttering your space is easiest when tackled by categories, organized in order of easiest items to discard, to hardest, like sentimental things. This is why the Konmari Method was developed. Marie Kondo, a Japanese Decluttering Consultant, is an expert of her work, helping hoarders to declutter things they could previously never part with and in turn shift their life’s around because as they let go of their unwanted items, they simultaneously seem to let go of their unwanted thoughts, release negative people, and shake bad habits as well.
In the book she wrote “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” she walks the reader through the same process she walks her clients through. The method is more deeply illustrated in my previous article How to Declutter the Konmari Way | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo but, in short she guides the reader to start with the one category, take all the items from that category out from anywhere in the home and place it out so you can see the mass of all the items you have in that category, then to hold each object and see if it sparks any joy to you. Going with your intuition, you will discard anything that doesn’t spark joy! For whatever reason, regardless of any excuse, it has to go. We made it through the whole process of decluttering by category, and now we have made it to the last step Marie Kondo suggests, which is to organize.
This is the seventh and final day of our challenge we are addressing now, so if you missed the first of the series go ahead and click here to tackle that one. If you’re all caught up to speed, let begin with our challenge of organizing all the items we kept in our homes the Konmari way.
To begin we will start in the closet, and take a look at our clothing.
- Marie Kondo says it is best to vertically fold our clothing, and to hang anything up that would look “happier” on a hanger. This means pants, t-shirts, sturdier blouses, pajamas, shorts, and jeans are most likely going to be folded in the vertical manner she describes. Things like bulky sweaters, coats, and flowy blouses will hold their shape better on a hanger, and should be hung in your closet from dark and bulky to light and airy, in an ascending fashion.
To fold vertically, I will demonstrate with some photos. If you’d like to skip this step for some reason, just scroll past the photos. But, it truly saves so much space in your drawers so, I recommend following along.
Folding pants or jeans:
- Marie Kondo also advises to fold socks and underwear as well. I may have felt a bit neurotic while doing this step, but in the spirit of living the whole method out fully, I did it, and was actually very impressed that my square storage box was transformed from being full of items I had to dig through to locate any given thing, to taking up only the space across the bottom perimeter of the bin. I’m not going to display my underwear drawer here but to show you how to fold this drawer I will link a video tutorial by Marie Kondo at the bottom of this article.
- Store smaller bags inside of larger bags in order to save space! This could go for hats as well. This is a great tip because you not only maintain the beautiful shape of your beloved bag, you also cut in half the amount of space it all takes up.
- Another tip from the book was that you don’t need to go out and buy special storage and organization drawers, boxes, ect. She says it is best to make due of things you already own, and even use things like shoe boxes to store items. She mentioned how she would in the past spend lots of money on fancy organization and storage items, when the true work shouldn’t have been in artfully organizing her things, it should be in discarding fully and completely so she didn’t have an excess of things to organize.
Next, we will step out of the closet and into the miscellaneous areas of the house.
- The main point to mention about this is to store like with like. Marie Kondo’s entire Konmari Method revolves around grouping items into categories to discard in that way. This is so you can see the full mass of the objects you own in a given category and easily see if you have any duplicates or if you begin to accumulate excess. So, going ahead and storing all your items in a way where they are categorized allows you to see exactly how much you own, and you will know if it is time to declutter that category right away with a glance.
- If you can, let dishes and your sponge dry outside on a balcony or patio. This she mentioned as a way to keep your workspace in the kitchen clear and open for use. The sunlight also provides a lovely antibacterial quality to clean your sponge and prevent that nasty mildew smell.
- Store papers and books vertically. If you store these things horizontally, the weight of the top items does a lot of damage to the paper or book on the bottom of the stack. Also, it is impossible to access the bottom items if stored in this manner. Store vertically so you can easily see every single paper or book on your shelf, and once the shelf becomes too full you will be able to see that it is time to declutter again.
So, how do you feel? You made it all the way through the entire Konmari Method process!
Moving forward, continue to assess the items you bring into your home, asking yourself constantly if they spark any joy.
I suggest keeping a box in your home or car just for things you accumulate that need to be donated at any given time. Following the 1 in 1 out rule going forward has helped me especially through the holiday season.
Please comment so I can hear how your journey went, and how this has helped you!
Happy New Year!