I Tried The Konmari Method And Never Expected These 5 Results
In the age of Insta-saturation, there’s a wellness or well-being trend on every scroll and behind every hashtag. Whether it’s #selflove, #bodypositive or #flawsome or #selfcare, there’s always some self-help quote or inspiring message waiting to elevate you to be your most best person.
Sure, a little ego-pounding is great to make you think you can be some #girlboss at the office. But turn around another corner and what are the tools that can equip you to be that “amazing you”? Enter the Konmari method, which took the world over by way of a very organized, methodical storm. Marie Kondo is a professional cleaner and organizer who wrote a book 5 years ago, Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way To Banish Clutter Forever (RM74.63, from Books Kinokuniya).
At this point I could wax lyrical about the book and how it changed my life but I won’t – because I haven’t read it yet. I did notice that living minimal has its benefits (only use what you need, only consume and own what you use), there was no actual method to the madness – and how to minimise in the movements and matrix that is a damn-busy-messy life.
So I did the most 2019 thing I could do and watched the series on Netflix. Why? To condense the Konmari thoughts and teachings into relevant 50-minute bites that can be played in the background while I zombie-scroll on Instagram (#digitaldetox for 2019 going very well, btw).
The Konmari method involves:
- Committing yourself to tidying up
- Imagining your ideal life
- Finishing letting go first
- Tidying by category, not location
- Follow the right order
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy
From the show, this is what I gleaned so I could apply it to my own Konmari for my clothes, books and life in general.
- Organise by category, not by room. So the categories are: clothes, books, kitchen, everything else in between, and sentimental goods.
- Before you organise, close your eyes and give thanks to the house for housing you.
- Take everything you own in that category from every part of the house and put it in one pile.
- Organise by picking up each item and thanking them for serving you. If the item ‘sparks joy’ then it stays. Any other muddled feeling? Byeee.
- Fold the items the Marie Kondo way then organize the small clutter into boxes and back into drawers facing upwards, so you can see at one glance what’s what. (ie don’t fold and stack)
- Better life!
Jokes aside, I used these methods for my closet and never expected these 5 realisations in the process. Here’s what I learned:
2. Gratitude is very powerful, so always practice it.
The initial step of “giving thanks” to your house and acknowledging the space around you seems a little left of centre, but of course it traces back to Marie’s Japanese Shinto roots. And according to this article, the Shinto way of conducting life includes acknowledging spirits and that inanimate objects do gain ‘life’ after some time.
Even if they don’t (or you don’t believe it), it makes you think about how much of our fast lives don’t appreciate what the objects in our lives do and how they came to be. Every single bit of our modern lives came from a factory or a person from a faraway land and made their journey to our shores, where we purchased them and brought them home. That’s a miracle in its own right, right?
It makes you more mindful — especially now when we want to think more about the environmental impact of our daily practices are. Do we really need a plastic straw for this two seconds of our lives that will ruin the oceans forever? Yea.
Giving thanks to the roof over my head at the beginning of my Konmari session had an incredible effect. It made me thankful and it made me more conscious of the things that surrounded me.
We whine about our #firstworldproblems. Taking the time to just realising we have a roof over our heads and a house that serves as a home is enough to contextualize our existence and what it means to live in this day age. Be thankful for the clothes that clothe you. Thank them and you’ll be thankful for so much more.