1. Commit.Before you get to tidying up, following the KonMari method, it is imperative that you first commit yourself to following through. Once you’ve set your mind to it, you can begin!
2. Visualize a Tidier Life.The second step of the KonMari method is to imagine what it would look like – and more importantly, how it would feel – once you’re decluttered and organized. This instantly transforms the tidying up process into one of purpose.
For the second step of the KonMari method, we submit that in your ‘vision’ for a tidier home, how the furniture pieces are arranged is just as important as how organized the things are inside them. Knowing that everything has a place (and everything’s in its place) is one thing, but creating a space that feels open, fresh and comfortable is another. Allow for at least three feet of “walking space” between dressers and beds, coffee tables and sofas, and dining tables and sideboards to make sure that your furniture promotes a layout that’s relaxed and easy-to-access.
Thirdly, you’ll need to throw out what you don’t need. Discard anything non-essential and/or which doesn’t “spark joy.”
If you struggle with clutter, the third step of the KonMari method can be the hardest, and take up the most time (you may even find that discarding can take days or even weeks). And in the process of pulling out all your belongings and dividing them into piles, your home can feel even more cluttered than before! The easiest way to maintain your sanity during this time? Baskets! Opt for large, laundry-style baskets for separating your “Keep” and “Discard” piles for clothes, and smaller “tabletop” baskets for smaller miscellaneous items.
4. Tidy Up by Category.
Instead of tidying up by room, KonMari advises that you go by category – clothes, for example, would be one category and books another.
5. Follow the KonMari Order.
KonMari has a strict order for tidying up: first is clothes, followed by books, papers miscellaneous items and then sentimental items.
6. Ask Yourself, Does This Spark Joy?
The KonMari method teaches that by physically picking up each item separately and asking whether or not that item “sparks joy” (and then discarding anything to which you’ve answered ‘no’), you’re encouraging a most efficient tidying process.