What is the Konmari method of organising?

image of Marie Kondo's book The life changing magic of tidying up that discusses the konmari method of organisingI am assuming most people have by now heard or read about the Konmari method of organising.  A lot of what Marie Kondo writes about in her book ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up‘ have been methods myself and my fellow organisers around the world  have been following and implementing with clients for years.  Whilst these methods are not new, Marie should be congratulated for taking the opportunity to write this book and spread the word further about the importance of organisation in our daily lives.

So what is the Konmari method of organising?

For those of you who haven’t read this book, know a little or perhaps haven’t even heard about it hear is a very brief explanation.

  • The basic principal is that unless you truly and deeply love an item it has no business living in your home.
  • When you go through your items and decide what to get rid of you need to remember that it’s not all about throwing out or donating as much as you can but ensuring you only hold on to what makes you happy.
  • When you sort through items this is done by category rather than by going from room to room. The thinking behind this is that similar items are likely to be scattered through the whole house and not confined to one room or space.
  • After getting rid of items you no longer love the next step is to ensure everything has a designated home.  This helps to avoid a clutter relapse and the overall concept is that putting things away should be easy and be able to be located easily when required.
  • Marie has quite a detailed and complex Konmari folding method that she shares for all pieces of clothing for perfect appearance.

So what do you think? Do you think you could follow these basic principles to get organised?

Good luck however if you feel this approach isn’t for you or you’d like some assistance get in touch.