An organizing addict's 4 key takeaways from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. See how this blogger is putting the KonMari Method into practice.

Lessons Learned From The KonMari Method Of Organizing

In case you hadn’t noticed, I can get super nerdy when it comes to organization. I simply love color-coded closets, neatly labeled baskets, tabbed binders and a well-maintained calendar. An afternoon spent on an organizing project is oh so satisfying to me. But while I’m focused on organizing one part of my home, the rest of the house tends to quickly become unorganized. Isn’t that so frustrating?

4 key takeaways from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. See how this blogger is putting the KonMari Method into practice.

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Over the past year, there’s been an organizing craze around the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’m guessing you’ve noticed this book referenced all over the place, right? It seems like every blog I follow was talking about the book, and I was eager to get my hands on a copy last summer. I rarely read books these days, so I jumped on the waiting list for the audio version at my local library. Did you know you can ‘check out’ audio books from libraries? I love having that option.

I listened to the first few chapters of the audio book, but I’ll confess I just couldn’t get into it. Some books are just not great in audio format, and I abandoned it. I had intended to pick up a physical copy to read, but I procrastinated doing so for months. After reading so many tidbits about the KonMari Method online, I’ll admit I thought I’d learned enough about the method that I didn’t really need to read the actual book. Plus, how life-changing could it really be? I was skeptical that this book would come anywhere close to changing my life.

On a rare day out shopping about a month ago, David and I stopped by a bookstore to browse for a bit and I came across the book. Although still skeptical, I was curious. So I bought a copy and finished reading it a few weeks ago.

4 key takeaways from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. See how this blogger is putting the KonMari Method into practice.

While I’m still not convinced this one book will drastically change my life, it did help me look at organization from a whole different perspective than I had before. Kondo makes some very valid points in her book, and many of her organizing principles intrigued me. Here’s a look at the main things I took away from the book.

Lessons Learned From The KonMari Method

Lesson #1 | Make tidying a special event, not a daily chore.

Usually you think you’ll be most likely to stick with something if you work your way up to it a little at a time. But Kondo makes a strong case for the need to tidy your entire home at once. If you tidy everything all at one time, you’ll be able to see how big of a transformation your effort had on your house. And you will be determined to keep it organized.

If you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set.Marie Kondo

I’m not convinced you can tidy once and be set for life, but I can get on board with dedicating some serious time to tidying so that everything has its place and your house is clutter-free. This will ultimately help keep your house in order on a daily basis.

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Lesson #2 | Organize by category rather than by location.

I typically organize by rooms, so this concept totally shifts my way of thinking. To follow the KonMari Method, you should first gather up all like items in your house into one big pile and then start sorting.

The root of the problem lies in the fact that people often store the same type of item in more than one place.Marie Kondo

This principle does make sense since we often store the same type of items in multiple rooms. I’m eager to test this one out and see how it works in practice.

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Lesson #3 | Only keep things in your home that spark joy.

One of the main premises of this book is that everything you own should “spark joy.” We all have an easy time getting rid of things that are broken or worn, but it’s much more difficult to get rid of things when there isn’t an obvious reason to discard them. When organizing, most people select the things to get rid of and Kondo completing turns that way of thinking upside down. She suggests that you should carefully choose to keep only those items that truly spark joy. Everything else can be discarded.

Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.Marie Kondo

This is definitely a mindset shift for me, and I am eager to try it out. I normally scan my closet looking for things to discard, rather than carefully selecting the items I wish to keep. I can immediately picture a few pieces of clothing hanging in my closet that don’t spark joy for me, which is why I never wear them.

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Lesson #4 | Let go of things that have served their purpose.

This is one of the main lessons I took away from this book. I think a lot of people struggle with getting rid of things that are still usable, but Kondo preaches that not everything has to stay in your life until it’s completely broken or threadbare.

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.Marie Kondo

I think everyone can learn from this lesson. A belonging may be in great shape, but that doesn’t mean we must hold onto it. This KonMari lesson really resonated with me and pops into my mind often.

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Where do we go from here?

Now that I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I’m ready to test out the book’s principles in real life. Although I was skeptical initially, I will say that Kondo makes very valid points about organizing. Some of the principles she discusses are things I follow quite closely already, but there are parts of the KonMari Method that are a total mindset shift from the way I usually approach organizing.

Now that I’ve finished reading the book, I’m eager to declutter our entire house and put these principles into practice. I actually already organized my clothing following the KonMari Method, and I’ll be sharing my experience in the next installment of this series. Keep an eye out for future updates as I work my way through each category of stuff in our house, following the very specific order laid out in the book.

Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? What are your thoughts?

Update: I’ve since blogged all about my experience organizing my clothing following the KonMari method. Check out my organized dresser and closet here.

Here's a good picture that shows how to fold and organize clothing following the KonMari Method.

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