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Back in 2016, I began the process of decluttering our life and I’m proud to say that I’ve now got rid of around 75% of our stuff.
It was NOT an easy journey though.
It felt like I spent my life driving to the charity shop with car loads of things. That process went on for months!
Related Post: Our Minimalism Journey So Far
I thought I’d done a great job of declutterung until the day we moved into our new downsized home and our stuff literally wouldn’t fit into the house. We had to fill our garage up with the stuff.
It was at that point that I realized that we had let of stuff take over our life.
Clearly my decuttering methods were just not effective enough. I got desperate and started to research things like ‘best decluttering methods’ and ‘how to get rid of your stuff the right way’.
What Is The KonMari Method?
The KonMari method is an extreme decluttering system created by Marie Kondo.
‘Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.’
How Is It Different To Other Decluttering Methods?
I’m not going to go into too much detail in this post about the KonMari method but I’ll cover the main points.
The main difference between the KonMari method and other deluttering methods is the way you declutter. Must decluttering gurus will tell you to focus on one room or one area at a time. For example today we’re going to delcutter the bathroom or the downstairs cupboard.
The KonMari method however makes you declutter by category. A category is a group of items that are all the same. For example clothes.
There are 6 categories in the KonMari method..
- Komono One
- Komono Two
- Sentimental Items
Each of the main categories also has sub categories like for example clothes would be split into tops, bottoms, socks, shoes etc.
You then work your way through each category, without moving onto the next until you are completely done.
You can find out more about how it works in this post: How I Finally Got Our Home In Order Once and For All
What Makes the KonMari Method so Effective?
By focusing on one category at a time it helps you to keep focused.
The main way the Konmari method is so effective is because you have to get everything out from that one category (by everything I really mean everything) and put it all together in one big pile. Which believe me is a shocking sight for anyone!
When I first did the clothing category the pile on my bed was insane. I felt quite sick just looking at it.
Whilst you are working your way through a category you have to hold up every single item and make a decision on that one thing. You have to ask yourself…
‘Does this make me happy’
or as Marie says…
‘Does this spark joy?’
If the answer is no then it needs to go.
Obviously certain things do not spark joy, like my microwave, I feel no joy whatsoever when I see that. However, it does have a purpose in our home and we do use it on a regular basis therefore it stays.
The KonMari decluttering method is by no means a quick fix. It takes time and pateince to really do it properly. However, I can hand on heart say that it was the only decluttering method that helped me to finally take back contorl of my home (and belive me I’ve tried every method out there).
Our Decluttered Home
As I always say decluttering is a process and it does take time but living in a decluttered home really is life-changing.
My home now makes me smile rather than make me feel stressed. I enjoy spending time at home whereas before I always wanted to get out.
After you have completed your main decluttering, I say main as decluettring is an ongoing process, you can then focus on organizing what you have left.
“If you need to buy more stuff just to organize your existing stuff, then perhaps you have too much stuff”
How The Marie Kondo Method Changed Our Life
The main benefits of decluttering our home are…
- Our home generally stays tidy without much effort
- Everything is organised and has a home so it’s much easy to find things
- It takes a quarter of the time to clean our home than it used to
- We no longer panic about the state of our home when someone says ‘I’m just popping over for a cuppa’
- We have so much more free time to spend doing the things we love to do as a family
- We do half the amount of clothes washing compared to before
- I don’t spend my life feeling completely overwhelmed all the time
- I feel I have become a better Mum as I have more time to spend with them rather than focusing my attention on our home
Don’t get me wrong our home is not perfect. The aim of the game isn’t to have a ‘perfect’ home anyway. The ultimate aim is to have a home that makes you happy and you’re comfortable living in.
I’m not sure there even is such a thing as a perfect home. However, there is no denying that getting rid of a huge amount of our stuff has had a huge impact on our life.
We have become a household that lives for experiences, rather than wasting our money on things we don’t really need.
About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.