Marie Kondo is all the rage right now. Her show "Tidying Up" on Netflix is highly addictive and her books "Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up", "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" and "The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story" are flying off the shelves once again.
On a cold, snowy evening, I decided to watch an episode of the highly talked about Netflix series. One episode turned into four and before I knew it I had scheduled my very first KonMari day for the following weekend.
Marie Kondo herself is calm + peaceful. Her very presence makes you want to be more like her. Her methods are simple. Begin with your clothes. Take every article of clothing that you own and place them on your bed. This is a crucial step that is not to be skipped. (If every article of clothing is on your bed you are committed to finishing the project before you yourself can go to bed.) The overwhelming feel that you have seeing everything that you own in one space is also critical. We all have too much stuff. It is our culture. We tend not to be happy unless we have more + more + more. Marie Kondo is challenging this unhealthy way of life and wants us to be happy with less.
Marie believes that we should keep only that which sparks joy. Therefore, as you take each article of clothing off of your bed to determine whether you should keep it or donate it, you must first hold it and ask yourself "does this spark joy in me?". This may sound crazy but once you begin you realize that this t-shirt sparks joy while another t-shirt does not. For those things that do not spark joy, you are to donate them but first you must thank it. This may too sound crazy but I'm telling you, it really does make you feel better about donating the items!
The KonMari Method also has a specific way to fold your clothes which ensures a surefire way to never go back to your old ways. Everything is folded into small squares allowing you to put your clothes in drawers in a file folder fashion. Now, when you grab a t-shirt, you don't have to dig around and shuffle all of your other t-shirts around creating a mess. It's nothing short of genius.
What does this have to do with selling your home? The entire purpose of the KonMari Method is to keep only items that spark joy. That includes clothing, pots, pans, paperwork, sentimental items... everything! Anyone who has moved in the past knows what a daunting task it can be; however, it is so much simpler if you know that everything you are bringing with you holds an important place in your life and is something you wold like to bring into your future.
So, if you are moving, do yourself a favor and KonMari your house first. If you are not moving, do yourself a favor and KonMari your house anyways!
Here's a glimpse of my experience. From placing the first article of clothing onto my bed to putting away the last article of perfectly folded clothing was just shy of 5 hours (which included a coffee break or two + a nice glass of wine waiting for me as a reward).