What is the Marie Kondo or KonMari method?

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In a previous post, I talked about minimalism. Now, I’ll present the fashional method if you want to apply minimalism in
your life: the Marie kondo or KonMari method. I adopted the KonMari method some years ago. I use her folding method for every piece of clothes in my house. You needn’t buy expensive boxes to tidy your wardrobe. You can use simple plastic boxes that you can easily clean up. The most important thing is not to have clothes in stacks, but in rows that give you the whole picture of what you have in your wardrobe. I take a photo of my children’s wardrobe.

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I know it is not as pretty as KonMari clients’ wardrobe 🙂 . However, I still have like a dashboard that prevents me from spending 15 minutes in the morning looking for outfits for my children. I hope that you are motivated now for the KonMari method, so let’s start the change!

Who is Marie Kondo?

Marie Kondo is the creator of the KonMari method, which is a method for tidying the house, workspace, or, more generally, any storage space. Born in Tokyo in 1984, she began working as a « tidying consultant » at 19. Marie has become an expert in the field. She offers courses, books, TV shows, and products to put her method into practice and thus live in a less cluttered, tidy, and warmer house.

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The five steps of the KonMari method

While most storage methods promote a room-by-room or step-by-step approach, the KonMari method goes against all and insists on tidying up by class or category of object and not by place or room. Also, she prefers to tidy up once and for all, during the spring cleaning, for example, so you will never have to do it again. She recommends
going step by step:

  1. start with the clothes and try to classify them into three piles: to give, sell, and keep,
  2. the following step concerns books,
  3. in the next step, we try to throw away every unuseful piece of paper,
  4. have a look at all boxes where you stored unused keys and varied items (the komono)
  5. finally, you filter all objects with sentimental value and full of memories.

Marie Kondo invites to keep only objects that bring joy and throw away all the others. But before separating with a book or any other object, we should thank it.

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Marie Kondo insists on thanking objects before seperating with
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