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The Organizette!, Issue #79 -- KonMari Method Book Review
May 05, 2015

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Table of Contents

-Monthly Mission – Garage
-Check Out These Pages! – Relevant pages and new site additions
-Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo


Greetings everyone! I hope you’re making some progress on your organizing goals. It’s a daily challenge, isn’t it? Once you get something cleaned up, if you don’t stick with it, sometimes it all comes back. I know that lots of times I feel that if we just had less stuff, it would be so much easier. See my review of Marie Kondo’s latest book and how that might be the answer.

We’re also winding down with the last full month of busy school activities and planning what to do over the summer to keep everyone entertained on a budget.

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The Monthly Mission – Garage

As the weather begins to get a little nicer, let’s all take some time to spend in our garages cleaning up things we’ve stashed in there over the winter. Time to do some decluttering and give it a good sweep. For more details about May’s monthly mission, click here.

I Can't Wait!

If you’re in a hurry to put some order back into your home, perhaps Mimi Tanner's unique method will give you that jumpstart. Check out her method at Declutter Fast: How To Get Your Home In Order Almost Immediately.

Check Out These Pages!

Here are some pertinent pages on the website you may have missed along with any new pages.

Home Filing System - Keep all your paperwork in order so you can find what you need at a moments notice, and learn what to keep and what to toss.

Declutter Home and Life - Getting organized involves a lot more than just tossing some extra possessions. Read more about organizing beyond just your home.

Closet Organizing Ideas - If you're looking for some ideas to help organize your closets, check out this page.

Travel Planning Tips - Are you taking a vacation this summer? Here are some helpful tips to organize and plan that trip.

Organizing Kids Rooms Stuff - If you have kids, they have a lot of stuff. Here are some helpful ideas to get them better organized.

Time Savers - To help streamline your life, here are some daily time savers.

Organize It Kitchen

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The hottest new book in the world of getting organized is Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. On it has over 2,000 reviews with an average 4.5 stars out of 5. I was so intrigued that I simply had to get a copy and find out what all the stir was about.

I will admit that I just finished reading the book last week, so I have not actually organized my house using her method. But I can explain here what some of the basic ideas are and how I feel about them. Some methods I totally agreed with, but there were also some that made me wonder how I would incorporate them into my family and home.

The KonMari Method was named after Marie Kondo, a Japanese cleaning consultant with a new way of looking at our clutter and our homes.

The main idea is to declutter and purge a large amount of your possessions. You choose what you want to KEEP (not what you want to get rid of) and anything that doesn’t spark joy for you should be let go. I’m a huge supporter of letting go of stuff, but as many of you know, sometimes that can be difficult. And getting rid of things at the rate she discusses might be overwhelming. Although, I think I could be happy having much much less stuff.

Kondo also states “Start by discarding, all at once, intensely and completely.” She says that for your decluttering and organizing to make a life changing impact, it must be all done in one session. It should not take place over days, weeks or months, a little bit at a time. I can see how this could be thrilling, to do it all in one shot. I know that after decluttering and cleaning one area (corner, closet, room) for a few minutes, that area might look nice, but she’s right, sometimes it’s hardly noticeable on the grand scale, and it’s certainly not changing the feel of my entire home. It’s back to noticing the next pile of stuff that needs to be dealt with.

To help make this large organizing project go more smoothly, she does recommend decluttering in a particular order. Kondo goes into details of each category on how to decide what to keep and later how to store them to use the least amount of space.

One standard rule of the KonMari method is to designate a place for every single thing. This is something I strive for, but because of having more things than places to store them, items don’t get put away. Decluttering of stuff would be of great help with this. She also recommends storing items of the same type together and that storage should not be scattered around the house. Also, you do not store items based on how often you use them, or where you use them, etc. I find this a bit odd and inconvenient, but perhaps it has more to do with storage availability in Japanese style homes.

Kondo says, “Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.” We need to make storage space and locations easy for us to put things away, easier than to take them out. I know that if everything had a home, and everyone put things away when they were done, just like we do with our toothbrush, the house would be in much better shape!

I plan to find a quiet afternoon alone and see how much of this I can tackle. I’m going to start with my clothing. Being that I don’t live alone, and I probably won’t get everyone else on board to do this, I’ll just have to declutter my own spaces and things. Kondo does mention how that is all we can do, but often times, those around us will follow along.

Although the book is small and a pretty quick read, she goes into much greater detail on exactly how to follow The KonMari Method. If it sounds interesting, and you’re ready to let go of things that don’t make you feel good, you should get yourself a copy.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

I will keep you posted how the method works for me in the areas I’m able to use it. Although, I’m still not sure how it will go down. We’ll see!

Until next time, happy organizing!

Tracy Greene

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