I think it’s safe to say KonMari is a verb that’s trending right now in early 2019.
Are you looking to KonMari your house? Seems like everyone in America is right now. Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, has touched a nerve with many.
Her approach is very simple, does this possession spark joy or not? In practice, you’re going to find things like old tax returns that don’t really spark joy, but you keep them anyway, for other good reasons.
The joy test is a great starting point though.
It reminds me of this quotation by designer Robert Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
In the hustle and bustle of daily life we don’t take time to evaluate our stuff this way. It takes some effort, or hiring a professional organizer, to commit time to making sure all your possessions are beautiful or useful or spark joy.
Marie Kondo has done an amazing job inspiring people to embrace this.
I’m not a certified Konmari organizer, but I’ve been in business almost twenty years and have always used the “beautiful or useful” test with my clients. I understand her method.
Another aspect of this organizing philosophy is encouraging my clients to live here in the present instead of in the future or the past.
When you keep extra stuff because you spent good money on it, you’re living in the past.
When you keep extra stuff because it might come in handy someday, you’re living in the present.
Yes, there may be that one thing you need today that you decided to get rid of last week, but in the long run, your day to day life will be more peaceful and uncluttered if you aren’t tripping over potentially useful items all the time.
If doing the KonMari technique seems like more than you can handle, I can help you manage it in smaller bites with the same results. Contact me today!