Often on here we give you tips for how to organize various room in your house.  That’s one way of organizing, but Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has a different method.

Woman standing in overflowing laundry room
Clothes are the first item Kondo suggests organizing.

Her KonMari method of organizing involves working on categories of items instead of rooms.  For instance, she suggests starting your organizing journey with clothes, followed by books, etc.  Below are some of the tenets of the KonMari method and also a KonMari cheat sheet provided by makespace.com.

First, the most important rule of the KonMari method is to touch every item and ask yourself if it sparks joy.  So if that dress you bought on a whim two years ago makes you cringe, it needs to go.  If the copy of Moby Dick on your bookshelf reminds you of high school and is just collecting dust, let it go.

Another important rule is to treat your possessions as if they are alive. This may be a hard concept to some, but ask yourself if your beloved fedora likes being crammed in a cubby hole.  Chances are, it doesn’t.

Modern living room with leather sofa and television

You can’t let nostalgia rule this exercise either.  Once you open that box of letters from your Grandpa and start reading them, time gets away from you and before you know it the whole day is gone and you haven’t accomplished your task.  If you really want to respect those letters, create a sacred space for them, a beautiful box to put them in, and make sure they have the respect and place of honor they deserve.

There are many more steps to the KonMari method, and this cheat sheet we found is quite helpful.  Feel free to click the link at the top of the page and order your own copy of her book.  It just might change your life!

KonMari Cheat Sheet by MakeSpace, a full-service storage company that picks up, stores, and delivers your stuff - for less than self-storage prices.

via MakeSpace

Using the KonMari Method
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