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KonMari Method

Updated: Jan 15


What is the KonMari Method?

The KonMari Method is Marie Kondo's way to tackling your stuff category-by-category, rather than room-by-room. She has stated six basic rules to get started:

The goal of the KonMari Method is to have a house full of items that spark joy (things you love and serve you).

Most people know about Marie Kondo from her bestselling book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." When it was originally published in 2014, She had established herself as a Japanese cleaning consultant with a revolutionary idea, organizing category-by-category instead of room-by-room, and a track record of clients who never relapsed back into their old hoarding ways. Today, she's become household name by visiting American homes in need of her help on her crazy-popular Netflix show "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo". It's really getting people off their couch: Now everyone wants a piece of the KonMari Method.

  • 6 basic rules to keep your house tidy

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.

  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

  3. Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.

  4. Tidy by category, not location.

  5. Follow the right order.

  6. Ask yourself if that item is worth having..

And five categories to tackle:

  1. Clothes

  2. Books

  3. Papers

  4. Various Items

  5. Emotional items. Items that give you a specific emotion.


While many people associate her method with tidying, it's really about discarding items that lack value. To determine what makes the cut, Kondo has you start by removing everything out of your closets and drawers (category one), all the books off your shelves (category two), all the paperwork out of your desk and bins (you get the idea). Once you have a big pile, you're to go item-by-item and consider if it you should keep it or not. While Kondo admits that this can feel awkward or unnatural at first, she assures readers and viewers that you'll get better at recognizing what sparks joy as you go. Once you've tossed items in every category, you should have a much smaller set of remaining items that you can return to closets, drawers, shelves, boxes, etc. Note that you are to finish one category before moving on to the next one.

Because you're actively choosing items that you like, and discarding what you don't, the intention of the KonMari method is to end up with a clutter-free

home that is able to bring more joy and prosperity to your life. While tidying, she encourages you to visualize the life you want to live — to be less stressed, for example — and what you need to get there.

"Anything that won't help on that journey isn't deserving of your space or you", she says.

What is the KonMari checklist, and do I need it?

In Kondo's book "Spark Joy" you'll find a guide that'll help you decide what to keep and what to toss across a comprehensive list of categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, and even digital photos. So if you think of yourself as generally indecisive, then yes, this checklist will make your process of tidying up go much faster. It also covers how to fold just about everything, from dress shirts to socks.

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