The best-selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Netflix series Tidying up with Marie Kondo, is taking the world by storm. Who knew we could find purpose and joy in tidying the space we live in? Not sold on cleaning and tidying up? Let us elaborate.


Konamari Method

Konmari is as a two-phase method of clearing out and organising. Stage one is all about discarding items that no longer serve a purpose to you. The second stage focusses on decluttering and arranging the items you keep. Simple right?

The six easy steps in the method are as follows:


Commit yourself to tidying up

This can be a rather excessive task depending on your home, make sure you are committed to finishing.


Imagine your ideal lifestyle

Think of how easily you can find what you are looking for, and how much more space you will have.


Finish discarding first before getting rid of items. Sincerely thank them for serving their purpose

Don’t jump the gun, this is a process not a race. Be conscious of what you are keeping and what you are throwing away so that you don’t have regrets.


Tidy by category not location

Trying to clean room by room can be chaotic, stick to the categories listed below.


Follow the right order

Keeping to the suggested order will help you find structure in a messy environment, making it easier to finish tidying.


Ask yourself if it sparks joy

If you aren’t sure what this means, ask yourself if it serves a purpose. If it does and it is helpful to you, keep it. If not thank it and discard of it.


The five categories to focus your tidying on are:

  1. Clothing
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Komono (Miscellaneous)
  5. Sentimental


For some inspiration, buy the book, watch the series or have a look at the Konmari Instagram page. The before and after photos are sure to get you in the mood to declutter your home.


After all who wouldn’t want a joyful, clutter-free space to live in!