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We all need to declutter. Some of us more than others. The KonMari method was created by Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
I first heard of the book while chatting with my coworker 40,000 feet in the air. She had just started reading the Life Changing Magic and recommended that I give it a try.
The “magic” of the KonMari method lies in the question you ask yourself for every single item you own, does it bring you joy?
Since I’ve finished reading the book I’ve made great progress. Decluttering the KonMari Method requires commitment and the benefits are immense.
I will soon share with you some helpful tips on my blog, but for now here are some things you need to consider:
10 Signs You Need to Declutter Using the KonMari Method
1. You clean before the cleaners. This usually means your home is so cluttered that your cleaners can’t get it clean enough in one session or you have so much clutter they don’t know where it belongs.
2. After you’ve spent the whole day cleaning, your home gets messy the very next day. You have too many things and no place for it to go so it ends up in piles or scattered about.
3. When you enter your home you are agitated without cause. When you arrive home you should feel peace and tranquility. Kids or no kids your home should greet you when you enter.
4. The thought of hosting dinner or having friends over makes you uneasy. You get overwhelmed with the thought of making your home look and feel good for special guest.
5. When unexpected guest come by you leave them at the front door or you’re tidying when you’re suppose to be entertaining. Albeit family rooms and kitchens are most difficult to keep organized, there should always be a space in your home ready to receive unexpected guest.
6. The only time you are at rest in your home is when you are in bed sleeping. The kids are bathed, fed, and in bed but no matter what you constantly feel like there’s something else that needs to be done. This feeling can come from your spirit not being settled because of the disorganization around you.
8. You start projects you don’t finish. Your home is a reflection of your life. If your home is in a disarray it’s likely that your life is to. It’s very easy to loose focus when you live in a home with too many things around sending you multiple messages: “Fold me! Clean me! Give me away! You don’t fit me! Here I am! I’m still here! When are you going to pick me up?” Get rid of the noise.
9. You feel unfulfilled in your life. You have accomplished so much yet you feel a big void, as if there’s something else you should get from life but you can’t seem to figure it out.
10. You spend more time out than in. You prefer going out because being at home makes you feel blah. There’s nothing at home for you to take pleasure in.
I’ve experienced all of these things and it wasn’t until I started reading this book that I realized my clutter was to blame.
I’m about halfway through the process and I feel good taking steps to a clutter free home. I travel often and it’s important for me to return to my family and home that I love, adore, and feel at peace with.
My hope is that you will strive for this to!
Stay tuned for Tips to Decluttering the KonMari Method.