Inside: The seven major lessons we learned during a seven week blitz with the Konmari Method; everything from not needing as much stuff to how to actually let things go.
PHEW! We did it! Seven weeks of the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and we’ve made it and seen real results. But you’re here because you want to know what we’ve learned and how the experience played out for us.
Here are the Seven things I learned in Seven Weeks of KonMari
The rest of our Konmari Series
- KonMari: – Starting the Journey
- Week 2: The Closet
- Week 3: Accessories
- Week 4: Books
- Week 5: Tools & Storage
- Week 6: The Kitchen
- NEW! The Five Unexpected Joyful Benefits of the KonMari Method
Seriously. It’s one thing to say I’m going to ‘declutter with intention’ – but if you intend to follow the KonMari method? You need the book. Kondo has some very specific instructions (and perspectives) on certain things that aren’t intuitive.
You need buy in from every family member.
No sense in KonMari’ing your way to joy if the ‘other’ half of your closet is still a mess of T-Shirts from 1996. Nope. It won’t work and it won’t bring you joy. You need buy in from every family member, not only on the idea of decluttering, but also on the act of KonMari and the concept of joy. Without it, it won’t work. It also will help keep you on track as you declutter because if a spat occurs (not saying that happened to us… ummm….okay, maybe once or twice!) you can refer back to the book to settle the dispute.
It’s basically impossible to do the whole house in one weekend unless you have a second house within which to temporarily sort your ‘donate’ and ‘ditch’ piles.
Decluttering by category really does work.
I was skeptical. I admit it. Why can’t I just clean the office? Why can’t I just do the bedroom? Because Kondo (inexplicably) insists this doesn’t work. And she is (inexplicably) correct. I’ve never had such success until I decluttered by category. Searching high and low for every single last item in the whole house that fit one category and then piling them up embarrassingly on the floor (or lawn). Something about that act makes you understand the connection (or lack thereof) that you have with your things. Guys – inexplicable. But it totally works.
Your house WILL become easier to clean.
It does become ‘fun’ at a certain point.
Might be an overstatement. Or a nerdy statement. But it does. If there’s buy in from the whole family, you can make a challenge out of it and it does become like a ‘team building exercise’ and it’s fun.
You’ll save money and you might get a little crazy and start something entirely new.
Getting rid of things that don’t give you joy means you don’t buy things that won’t give you joy. This translates into buying fewer things and therefore saving money! For the rest of this statement, see below 🙂
Yes. Marie Kondo promises that after undergoing KonMari – your life’s path will become more clear. And so it did for us. KonMari has afforded us the time to reflect and grow and push forward to our next endeavour.
All this to say, we couldn’t have gotten to this point without KonMari 😉 It really, truly was a magical experience.