The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (#KonMari)

by Nyamka Bayanmunkh in , ,


It seems that the book Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is making quite a wave. I have fallen under its influence and yesterday I started discarding and tidying my closet using the #KonMari method (that's what the author calls her very specific method of decluttering and tidying up) and was pleasantly surprised by how well it has worked for me.  

As you know I already have a capsule wardrobe and yet, I discovered that there were still a lot of things in there that wasn't right for me. 26 of them to be precise (you can see the before and after here). 

To really feel the effect of the magic of the #konmari method I counted all my clothes (excluding socks and underwear) beforehand. All in all, I had 68 (plus 5  for exercise)clothing items. I see now that not all of the 68 items "sparked joy" for me.

After putting everything in one spot. 

After putting everything in one spot. 

The key ingredient of the #Konmari method is in asking yourself if your belongings spark joy when you handle them one by one, which at first few tries feels quite bizarre but as bizarre as it sounds it seems to work!

While the goal essentially is the same as other books that help people declutter, the way Marie Kondo approaches it in her book feels different and refreshing to what we have been seeing before (find more about the book here) from they way she talks about items and the immense importance she places on folding and storing clothes in a specific way.

After the discarding and folding. I have  to say this closet never looked  this tidy!

After the discarding and folding. I have  to say this closet never looked  this tidy!

So far I have only read the first two chapters and the part about  sorting out clothes in the third chapter, which means the next few week I'll be reading the rest of the book and working my way through the remaining categories, which are books, papers, komono (miscellany), and mementos. Oh, and I'll be live tweeting as I tidy on. Fun!

Until next time,

Nyamka.