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The KonMari Method: A Real Girl’s Review

You've probably heard all about the best selling book. Here's what one mom had to say about the KonMari Method after trying it for herself.

Published July 17, 2018
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By now, you’ve probably heard countless people whispering about the best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing” by Marie Kondo. This book has been featured in many magazines, morning shows, and blogs. It’s been everywhere. When my girlfriends couldn’t stop gushing about it over brunch, I knew I wanted into this sorority of organization and zen living. This cult of stylized minimalism and clutter-free closets.

I needed this as a busy mom desperately seeking to shed the excess. It’s the kind of thing we build Pinterest boards around but never pull the trigger and actually DO. It’s a complete lifestyle overhaul that overtly contradicts the “more is more” principle I was taught my entire suburban American life. The KonMari method is whipping my product-loving consumer ass into shape. And I’m loving every minute.

The KonMari Method: A Real Girl's Review

The Basic Principles of the Konmari Method Are These:

  1. You organize by category, not by room. Clothes, books, home decor, papers, and toys are all categories you’d tackle one at a time.
  2. You let go of the non-essentials and anything that no longer “sparks joy.”
  3. You avoid buyer’s remorse by thanking the item for its service/purpose and what it taught you. Then you LET IT GO.
  4. You touch everything before you dismiss it, acknowledging its purpose and energy. It may seem ritualistic and, well . . . weird. But I assure you this formal “farewell” to your old things is highly effective in bagging it up for charity and moving on. I have never gotten rid of more junk in my entire life.

I won’t give all the secrets in this book away. It’s completely worth buying a copy. However, I will let you know that in addition to learning how to shed your stuff, Marie Kondo teaches you organizational techniques for the items that you keep. And she offers insights and tips that aren’t particularly innovative. But they are presented to you with a newfound perspective. And now that you’ve cleared some physical and mental space, you’re ready to hear it.

Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
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How Has It Worked for Me?

The results have been, for lack of a better word, life-changing. My home has never been more “me.” I’m now surrounded only by beautiful things that I genuinely love and provide me immense joy. Sure, there are exceptions for practical items like cooking tools and cleaning supplies. However, downsizing the extras has made me more efficient and organized in all areas of my home. Even the not-so-pretty parts like the laundry room or under the kitchen sink. But there has been no bigger benefactor of The KonMari Method than my closet.

I expected this book to change the way I maintained my home. But I didn’t expect it to play such a huge role in the fine-tuning of my wardrobe. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that my closet was by far the area of my home that needed the most work. I’ve spent most of my late 20s figuring out my style and coming into my own as a wife and mother. A huge part of that self-discovery was trying new looks and uncovering my style one passing trend at a time.

During this evolution, I accumulated many once-worn items that aren’t “me.” Marie Kondo’s book allowed me to thank those items for their role in my self-discovery. Then I let them be donated so they might bring someone else joy. A karmic reward for my past fashion flops. I’m now growing my collection of timeless clothing staples. And continuing my pursuit of an effortlessly chic Parisian-style wardrobe one piece at a time.

The best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing” by Marie Kondo, is indeed life-changing. I highly recommend this book if you want to declutter and eliminate the excess!

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Sarah Ring is a mother to two elementary-aged sons and one toddler daughter. She is passionate about travel, date nights, Southern manners & traditional children’s clothing, but above all, finding… Read more

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