With the kids back at school you may be considering a home organization project. We think of organizing as a one time activity, but for many of us, organizing closets, drawers and the infamous “junk drawer” is a recurring activity. What if you could organize once and never have to do it again? That’s right….Never Again! That is the bold claim of organizing consultant, Marie Kondo, author of “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” With that promise, it’s no surprise her book has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
There are many “How to” books on organizing, but few take it to the next level by teaching us how to look at each item we encounter during the process. After reading the book you’ll view your items through a different lens - tidiness becomes a way of everyday living. Kondo says, she helps clients change their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. The book is easy-to-read and guides readers to systematically de-clutter their homes, and, in the process, their lives.
Before you move a single thing…
According to Kondo, the first step is to visualize the life you wish to have with a clutter-free space. Maybe this means hosting more parties, starting a family, or baking more. For me, I visualized coming home, having a glass of wine while reading on the balcony. Enjoying more quality time with my family without having the distraction of a cluttered home. Kondo asserts by discarding things, we’re freeing up space for the things we love.
Wondering what to keep? Kondo maintains a pretty high standard: Does touching the object “Spark joy?” If not, get rid of it. Her approach may sound harsh, but consider her reasons: “Are you happy wearing clothes that don’t give you pleasure? Do you feel joy when surrounded by piles of unread books that don’t touch your heart? Do you think owning accessories you’ll never use will bring you happiness?” Instead, Kondo says, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.” Fewer things you love is better than many things you kind-of like.
Faulty Storage Solutions….
We live in a world swamped with organizing tips and storage solutions, which are all part of the effort to deal with our stockpiles of stuff. Kondo doesn’t believe that clever solutions and tips are going to permanently deal with the clutter that haunts most households. She says, “Those storage ‘solutions’ are really just prisons within which to bury possessions that spark no joy.”
Tackle Categories, Not Rooms…
Many of us tackle clutter room by room - take on the kitchen first and the office next. Instead, Kondo’s first rule is to tidy by category. For example, deal with every single one of your books at once otherwise they’ll continue to creep up from room to room and clutter continues. What are the categories and which one should you begin with? She advises to start with clothing, since it’s the least emotionally loaded of one’s things. The book continues the order of categories and goes into specific details on how to tackle each one.
Results of the Konmari Method
Kondo says, “When we really dive into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: attachment to the past or a fear of the future.” The Konmari Method is an alternative form of minimalism, one that does not focus on reducing one’s possessions to the smallest possible number. Instead, her method weeds out the precious from the unwanted, which makes one feel light and relaxed.
Incorporating Storage in Your Custom Home
While in the design phase, McNair Custom Homes utilizes every bit of extra space for storage to create space for your personal items. Have you heard of a Texas basement? McNair creates a semi-conditioned space that you can walk into for easy storage. Don’t want to take apart your Christmas tree? That’s ok, you can leave it decorated and put it in your Texas basement.
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