How To Tidy Up the KonMari Way By: Allie Barone

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019
  • Posted by Krisanne Butler in Lifestyle

If you haven’t yet seen the new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, chances are you have heard about it on social media or from a friend. Marie is a world recognized tidying expert and author of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. On her new show, Marie goes into the homes of those ready to de-clutter and re-organize their lives and teaches them her beautiful and thoughtful method called The KonMari Method. Using this method, participants are able to change their homes dramatically, let go of stored emotion, and create the lives of their dreams. As a homeowner, or hopeful homeowner, the skill of tidying up, and remaining tidy are invaluable for mental clarity, daily function, happiness, and respect of your home. Using Marie’s method can transform your space into one enjoy and that brings out the best in you.

Marie always begins with introducing herself to someone’s home. She takes a moment to say hello and get a feel for the home she is working with. When she begins to tidy, she addresses items by categories rather than room. She instructs us to hold an item and ask ourselves if the item sparks joy for us. If it does, we keep the item and find an appropriate home for it. If the item no longer sparks joy, then we thank it, and let it go. Items we are ready to let go of can be sold, donated, gifted, or thrown away. The four categories of items are clothing,books, papers,and komono or miscellaneous.



We are very fortunate to live in a part of the world in which many of us have too much clothing. The temptation to buy more clothing is around every corner, and many of us are in the habit of saving items we no longer fit into, like, or wear. Marie recommends taking all of the clothing out of your closet and drawers and putting it into one big pile. Seeing the size of the pile you are working with can help you realize if you have too much and guides you to get rid of what you no longer need. The clothing that sparks joy, and that you will wear is yours to keep, but everything else should be donated, or sold!



            It can be easy to collect books. To many of us, books hold value because they can be educational, entertaining, emotionally charged, and nostalgic. Like with clothing, Marie suggests taking all of your books and putting them into one big pile, and then sorting through while asking yourself the same question… does this spark joy? It can be easier to start with a book that you know definitely sparks joy for you, so you know what the feeling is. Once you have your books sorted, display the keepers in a way that brings you joy. Possibly sort them by color, or by category. The choice is up to you!


Many of us are swimming in papers. From old bills, letters, writings, and mail papers can really add up! Like with the first two categories, pile all papers in one place and sort through, being careful to keep only what you need, or those sentimental papers that bring you joy. Think about what you want to move forward into life with! Organizing and filing your papers can feel tremendous and make the home as well as your brain feel much lighter.


Komono (Miscellaneous)

The miscellaneous items that Marie calls Komonoseems to just appear over time. It can be difficult to recognize when our collections get out of hand, or when we have multiple junk drawers in the kitchen. If you look the the miscellaneous items around your house, you may find that you only use a small amount of them ever! One place that miscellaneous items often collects is in the kitchen. Pair down to matching sets, or pieces that bring you joy, and remove everything that you no longer need. Discover what decorations in your house actually please you visually and keep only those items. Garages, basements, and attics are also places where miscellaneous items tend to collect. This can be one of the most arduous parts of the tidying process but has the enormous benefit of helping you to release anything that no longer serves you so that you may move into the future ready to receive all the blessings in store!

To learn more visit Marie’s website, or watch her show Tidying Up on Netflix. She will be sure to inspire you to declutter your home with her sweet demeanor, and expert tips. Tag us on instagram with a picture of your own tidying up @The_Forzese_Group!



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