KonMari my Life


By now, the Marie Kondo “KonMari” method is probably old news to everyone. You used it for spring cleaning the last few years and then you forget about it and turn into a hoarder the rest of the year. For those unfamiliar with the method, you tidy by category, not room, and you only keep items that “spark joy.”

I’ll be perfectly honest and tell you that I’ve never read the book. It sounds really interesting, but after hearing about it from a couple friends and seeing it fly all over social media, I found the basic principles through some blogs.  GOOP has a pretty simple breakdown, as well as an illustrated folding guide: KonMari. I took the easy way out. Saving time sparks joy for me, what can I say?

I have applied some of the techniques to my home, specifically, the folding techniques. I fold all of my t-shirts and tank tops so that you can see them all when you open the drawer. It makes finding the right shirt a hundred times easier! I tried to do the folding thing with socks, but when I’m folding laundry, you better believe I’m just ballin’ those babies up and tossing them in the drawer. I use the folding technique for my daughter’s billion pairs of pants. And for my son’s baby clothes, I fold them and lay them in the drawer so you can see every cute onesie and every pair of shorts. No more stacks here!

As silly as it sounds, I kind of use the “Does this item spark joy” criteria pretty often, and if the answer is “No,” I “KonMari that shiz!” At least, that’s what I say in my head while I tell my daughter “Let’s donate this so someone else can use it.” But in my head, “KonMari! Adios!”

Those shoes that make toot sounds if i don’t wear socks (And socks look weird with them…): KonMari that shiz!
That shirt that has never fit and never will: KonMari that shiz!
That 2006 graduation scrapbook kit that seemed cool but you never used it, so now you feel guilty every time you run across it: Kon.Mari.
That basket that is pretty, but a weird shape you’ll never use: KonMari that!
That Facebook friend who constantly posts mean thoughts or depressing news: KonMari that shiz ASAP. No one needs that negativity.
That Facebook friend who lets games post on their behalf: KonMari that… well… just hide their posts, because you know you want to creep on them later. Let’s be real.

Now seriously, there are some good ideas in her method. Like, “everything must have a place.” Seems logical, but you know you have stuff that travels around your home until it becomes a fixture in some corner of a room for a year before it finds a final spot. As I organize the kitchen, for example, I try to make common items easy to get to and easy to put away. If it takes more than 5 seconds to get an everyday item out of its “home,” it’s in the wrong spot.

Have you used the KonMari method?

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