Konmari method inspires tidying up through joy


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Maire Kondo speaks at a conference. Kondo is a tidying consultant and creator of the Konmari method, a cleaning process and philosophy.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a recently added Netflix show, follows Marie Kondo, a tidying consultant and creator of the KonMari Method. The KonMari Method is a way of organizing your belongings in a way that differs from many others, in that you organize by category rather than by room. There are five categories, or steps, in the process: clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and sentimental items. You are supposed to hold each item and ask yourself a very important question: does it spark joy? If yes, you keep the item, and if not, you thank it for its service before getting rid of it.

While I didn’t follow these steps exactly, I thought of the KonMari method as I redid my room this spring break. I piled all of my clothes onto my bed and picked up each piece, asking myself if the item was worth keeping; if it sparked joy. Now, I can see every shirt in my drawer that I like and the clothes I no longer want will go to Goodwill or will be sold in a yard sale. I then took everything off of my bookshelf and went through each box, finding lots of things I didn’t even know were still there. Then I moved my bed to the other side of the room, downsized to a bookshelf half as tall as my old one (that I have had since around first grade), and got a new desk with cabinets and drawers. This revealed so much more space in my bedroom.

This method of organizing has helped me totally change the feel of my room. It’s now more open and has lots more sunlight, which allowed me to get two new plants and now have a clean dresser for the first time in about a month. I also now have an accessible place to do my homework, which has somehow made me more productive. So, while I know the KonMari method of sparking joy may not work for everyone, I think everyone should give it chance. It may change the way you tidy forever.