While the whole house dealt with the flu, I pulled a mom move and binged on Netflix. I searched for something to feel productive in doing, but didn’t have the actual strength to actually be productive- I just needed to break the Law and Order cycle and watch someone else HGTV their life.
Introducing Marie Kondo.
This lady is a famous organizer, tidy and genuine old soul that delights in tidying other people’s junk… I mean… stuff… I mean… things.
She is a little out there. While I’d never understand the entirety of her method, like thanking each item before donating, I do see the logic in her non-traditional approach. Most people either by a bunch of containers first before they organize, or they go room by room. The Konmari Method is something new and intriguing- rather than do the room by room approach, she goes by category.
Intrigued, I binged the whole thing in 2 days when my flu turned into strep. ( Go me.) Her method is actually quite simple.
The five categories include:
The idea is once a true cleaning, tidying and organizing is done properly, you never have to do it on such a scale again. She encourages us to follow the six rules:
Commit yourself to tidying up.
Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Finish discarding first.
Tidy by category, not by location.
Follow the right order.
Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
She starts the first day in each home by greeting the home itself. Marie sits on the floor, skirt draped Snow White style, and reflects/ greets/thanks the home. She encourages homeowners to do the same, reassuring them this re-directs some anxiety/tenseness about cleaning into focused energy. While others find that artsy-fartsy or “out there”, I understand this to an extent. Where we live/plant our roots is a direct representation of our lives. Why wouldn’t you want to thank the place that sheltered you or your children, the place where happiness and laughter abound? A home isn’t four walls and a roof, your family is your home, but your house is at least to me, an equal contributor to your home as you yourself.
I did not kneel and thank my townhome. I did reflect on the happiness this place brought me, our first house after we married, the place I brought my baby home to, the place we relax at and feel cozy and safe in. I decided I DID need to treat my house better- sweep more often, putting things away, etc. would not only contribute to my happiness as an individual, but to the ease of our family routine and our home.
I decided to adopt the minimalist lifestyle. Less stuff means less stuff to tidy, reorganize and clean. This doesn’t just apply to our things, minimalism is a lifestyle- it means decluttering our entire lives to better suit our needs- your unbox, apps on your phone, people in our lives, work, our very thoughts can create clutter until there’s no more room to breathe.
Follow me on my journey and learn with me. I can’t do it all at once as Marie suggests, but I can modify her method to suit my needs and get started. This week, I did clothing. My clothing, my beebee’s clothing, and Dad-man’s clothing. It’s all bagged, labeled by size and ready to go in beebee’s closet. Now, to force myself to take those bags and get in the car and get to the donation center, well, I guess I need help with rule # 3.