I’m Trying the KonMari Method & So Far, I Love It

Maybe you’ve heard of the KonMari method.

(AKA the book, The Life-Changing Method of Tidying Up.)

It’s written by Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo, who claims not ONE of her de-cluttering clients has ever relapsed. A bold claim!

Organizing does not come easy to me. I’ll spend hours picking up. Once done, I sit back, exhale with a big ahhhhhh. Then twenty minutes later, things start collecting in places they shouldn’t. The next day, the house is messy again. That’s my life, maybe it’s yours, too.

So I decided to give Kondo’s method a try. She calls it the KonMari Method cause it’s like the Branjelina of her own name. Here’s the gist:

Tidy All At Once

She doesn’t mean do it all in a day, but do it all in a short period of time, like a few weeks. Don’t just say, “I’m going to just start with my closet and see how it goes.” Commit to doing it all at once.

Tidy One Category at a Time

I LOVE this one. We’ve all heard that you should tackle one space at a time. Just one shelf. Just one drawer. Just your pantry. The KonMari method says you should tackle one category of items at a time. So ALL of clothes at once, including stuff in storage and things packed away in the guest bedroom closet. ALL papers at once, all the linens at once, all books at once, no matter where you store them in your house. That way, you get a good idea of everything you already have. She suggests categories in the book, so you don’t have to think too much about it.

Only Keep What Sparks Joy

It sounds hokey, but this one actually made sense to me once entrenched in my own KonMari-ing. As you’re tackling each category, Kondo says you must lay every item on a table or the floor, even if you know you will keep it. Then, pick up each thing. Ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?” If so, keep it. If not, get rid of it… even if it was a gift or meant something to you at one time, but you aren’t feeling it now.

It seems weird, but you do feel a spark of joy from some things, and not from others.

She also tells you to talk to your clothes and thank your socks, which I haven’t tried yet. Maybe that’s just a Japanese thing.

My First Category: Books

Kondo says you should start with clothes because they are the least personal. In my case, I thought books would be easier to deal with, so I worked on those instead.

I know a lot of people LOVE their books. I LIKE my books, but honestly would rather have them all on a Kindle than on shelves. I dunno, these things are heavy and take up a lot of space. And I had them everywhere. Not just on this bookshelf….

Our book organizing style is not Pinterest worthy in anyway. 

Our book organizing style is not Pinterest worthy in anyway.

 

But in my pantry:

I use these cookbooks all them time... or I just Google recipes. Whatever!

I use these cookbooks all them time… or I just Google recipes. Whatever!

 

And my kitchen:

Use those every day. No... I don't.

Use those every day. No… I don’t.

 

And my night stand… and the office… and you get the point.

I tackled magazines, too:

Our big-ass basket of magazines.

Our big-ass basket of magazines.

 

First things first:

I took every book off the shelf and placed it on the floor.

Seeing everything in a big pile was a bit alarming, but probably not as bad as most people.

SIDE NOTE: I left the husband’s books unscathed; what he wants to do with his decade-old text books from college that he has literally never looked at since is his decision, not mine. Hint hint, Joshy!).

Do you spark joy? We're about to find out!

Do you spark joy? We’re about to find out!

 

Then, I picked up a book about HTML from a class I took five years ago. Hmmm… no spark of joy.

Next, The Abs Diet for Women. No joy.

A Spanish-English Dictionary. Wait. That could be useful. But really, if I wanted to know the word for something in Spanish, would I look at the book or my phone? Definitely phone. Discard pile.

Other books that didn’t spark joy? Signed cookbooks I’d never used, books I’d bought years ago and still never got around to reading (buh-bye, I can always find you at the library), and books I’d read and loved but never opened again (I’m looking at you, The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke).

By the end, all I had left where the handful of food-splattered cookbooks (How to Cook Everything, Well Fed & Well Fed 2, plus a few others); a book on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, a few books I’m using to research my Hey Eleanor book proposal, Bruce Campbell’s autobiography If Chins Could Kill (I’m in the midst and adore it), a book by my favorite writer, Mary Roach, and a few others. I kept a magazine that included a story about our wedding.

I also had SEVEN bags of crap.

Bye forever!

Bye forever!

 

I took six bags to Half Price Books, where I made $60 (always way less than you think, but oh well… I got my nails done with the cash and had some left over for groceries!).

I put about a dozen books in the Little Library down the street from my house. I checked back and most were gone in a day!

Little Libraries are the best!

Little Libraries are the best!

 

I brought along a bag of especially great books to a group of women I meet with monthly– books I enjoyed, but didn’t need anymore. Sharing is caring!

Before:

So many books, so little time. Or really, I just never cared to read them.

So many books, so little time. Or really, I just never cared to read them.

After:

Please note, every book on the left side belongs to my husband. Plus, three on the right.

Please note, every book on the left side belongs to my husband. Plus, three on the right.

 

I don’t have a single book in my pantry, and my kitchen only has the handful of books I use regularly. I love it!

On deck? My closet, dresser and all those clothes stashed away in the basement. Josh is traveling for work, so it’s the perfect time to throw my crap into huge piles and make sense of it. Hopefully one day is enough.

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Have you tried the KonMari Method? What do you think? Any great organizing tips for a gal like me?

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Comments (102)

  • Natalia Holcomb (Tasha) 3 years ago Reply

    Yes! I’ve been going through this process for the past month. First, I could only work with what I had access to (temporarily living in my parents’ attic). Then, we moved out and so as I unpack, I’ve had to cheat a bit and do things as i come across them, rather than "all at once". It’s still working, however. I even felt encouraged to throw out all my middle school through college papers & memorabilia stashed in my parents’ storage space!

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    YES! Nice job. I am dreading the memorabilia phase, but hey… you work up to it, right?!

    Natalia Holcomb (Tasha) 3 years ago

    Definitely. I think it’s important to find an order that works for you. Clothes were mostly easy for me. Books were a bit trickier, but I’m down to one shelf of books! I’m dealing with sentimental items as I unpack/find my things. I’m mostly finding that I was ready to get rid of this stuff a long time ago!

    Meredith 2 years ago

    We moved a lot growing up and to prevent moving clutters junk from house to house we each got 2 bins for keep sales and things that didn’t make the cut but we still had slight attachment to, we took a picture of. As I got older and after I got married I’ve continued that. My husband had soooo many goofy college things that took up so much space and served no purpose as they were in boxes in the garage. So after we sorted a keep and donate pile, we did a little photo shoot with each item from the donate pile, it was a hilarious day and the pictures are in a small inexpensive album from shutterfly in his memory box (in case he wants to bore our kids with a photo album of his college memorabilia 😂)

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!

  • Ashley 3 years ago Reply

    Great job! Tim and I are book people…we really should clean-out a bit. My great aunt just gifted me a TON of books that I need to go through so this could be a good opportunity to clean-out the rest…IDK if I am ready to tackle cook books, but they are in a tidy row on one shelf in my room so I think they get a pass for now ;P
    Will use this method next time I clean out!

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    If you use the cookbooks, no need to get rid of them. But if you don’t….

    Maybe start with something easier for you, like toiletries or medication. No emotional attachment there whatsoever!

  • Sarah 3 years ago Reply

    Yes!! I love this method! I bought this book a few weeks ago and tackled my clothes first. I have always been the one that is very good at justifying keeping clothes that I haven’t worn ("Oh I’ll wear this when we go out for a fancy dinner"…we go out a lot but ‘fancy’ dinners almost never happen..haha) and while I didn’t individually say "does this bring me joy?" to each and every piece of clothing, having that in the back of my mind sure did help, and eight trash bags full of clothes later, it feels so much better. I am going to tackle books next!

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    Oh yes, I have all sorts of JIC outfits. I’m hauling all my spring/summer stuff up from the basement today and gettin’ to it!

  • Kristen 3 years ago Reply

    I love this idea! I go through waves of being a packrat, and then wanting everything cleared out. I think I’m coming up on a "clear out" time again soon… I worry I would feel bad getting rid of so many things that I spent so much money on at some point. But I like that comment I’ve heard before, about how at a certain point, your things are worth more to you outside your house than inside.

    Natalia Holcomb (Tasha) 3 years ago Reply

    The KonMari method addresses how to handle feelings of guilt because of the money spent. Definitely give it a shot!

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago

    Agreed– what’s the point of keeping something just because you spent a lot of money on it? Anecdote: I once bought a hair clip due to necessity. I thought it cost $13, which was more than I wanted to pay, but I just had to get my hair up for some reason. When I paid for it, it turns out it actually cost $31!!!! How is that even possible?! But because I am a dope, I was too embarrassed to not buy it. I used it just that once, and ever again. And yet my $31 clip followed me from apartment to apartment because it was too expensive to get rid of. And yet, I felt like crap every time I looked at it because it reminded me of what a wimp I’d been. I got rid of it just last year (only 10+ years later) and only just now remembered I even owned the damn thing. Long story long, if you’re not using it, get rid of it. Let someone else use your spendy things or sell it or whatever! Surround yourself with stuff you love 🙂

  • Diana 3 years ago Reply

    Oh my god, I need to do this. My marriage probably depends on it.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    HAHA, I feel ya!

  • JR 3 years ago Reply

    If you really want to get after it, try the Mins Game. http://www.theminimalists.com/game/. I was amazed at how much stuff there was.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    Love this. I always want to get rid of more than one thing. Like for example, I am doing my clothes right now and already have two bags of crap. 🙂 I think I could get rid of the total number of items in one fell swoop, but this might be a great tactic for someone struggling with de-crapifying their life.

  • JR 3 years ago Reply

    Or, another method…The packing party…http://www.theminimalists.com/packing/. I haven’t done this one. But it certainly looks promising.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    And this article I TOTALLY LOVE. Great insight on what wealth means. Newsflash: not always stuff! Hardly ever stuff.

  • Firchy 3 years ago Reply

    This sounds like a brain massage! I’m also impressed you made all these decisions on your own, I always want someone else around to keep me company when I’m organizing.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    That’s the thing, Firch: Only I can decide which items "give me joy." And that’s the only criteria– not "I meant to read it" or "I might want to read it" or "what if I want to lend it to someone?" It works! Also, she recommends doing this in silence or with non-obtrusive classical music playing softly in the background. I actually tried the classical music and didn’t feel like it changed the experience much.

  • Calista 3 years ago Reply

    Oh my gosh!!! This totally speaks my language. My closet is in dire need of some Kon Mari-ing.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    Get after it, yo!

  • Michelle 3 years ago Reply

    ME TOO! I did clothes and books yesterday, and did papers today.

    I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN.

    My house already feels better. I sort of want to stop doing everything just so I can keep tidying until the whole house is done.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    DITTO! it’s addicting.

  • Jill M 3 years ago Reply

    Good job! It is always such a light feeling when you can give away your things to someone who will use them and make space in your home! Keep up the great work …..onto the clothes!

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    almost done with the clothes and it feels so good.

  • Melody 2 years ago Reply

    Awesome! I love seeing before & after pics!

  • Andee 2 years ago Reply

    My house is fifteen minutes from hoarder and I just started this book. Totally hoping for inspiration. Having tiny panic attacks because my categories of stuff are all over the place, sometimes not even where I know it is. Hoping that is talked about in the book.

    also, I know you did it with your husband’s books but what if 60% of the mess is husband/son’s stuff. Do I just work around it? Also hoping this is covered in the book.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    She goes over all of this in the book. I absolutely love the philosophy. Helped me tons!

  • Paige 2 years ago Reply

    My favorite thing about the book is listening to the audio version on repeat each time I tackle a new category. So encouraging and relaxing.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Does Marie Kondo read it? I’ll be whoever it is has a very soothing voice.

  • carisa 2 years ago Reply

    Great post! I’m currently reading this book and everything is "clicking" for me! My husband is heading out of town this weekend and I’m going to get started in either my closet or with my books! I can’t wait to start and begin to relax a bit more due to being surrounded with things in the home that bring me joy! I think I’m going to give my mom a copy of the book for her retirement!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Keep going!!!

  • t from canada 2 years ago Reply

    read the book. my biggest takeaways were to sort by category and to only have things in my home that sparked real joy. sorry, i will not be thanking my socks for keeping my feet warm and comfortable! i have always generally purged by category as i have always lived in either a small condo or a small house and frankly didnt have the room to have things spread out and also, my brain works that way. you know what i mean. 😊 BUT i have always felt guilty getting rid of gifts or clothes i never wore and things like that. however after my separation (divorce is almost final) i said "FORGET THIS!" and let the guilt go. for instance, i was very close to my paternal grandmother so when she passed i kept many of her teacups and china pieces etc "just because". they were hers. i felt someone should have them. fact is, she likely got them from goodwill in the first place and frankly all i ever wanted was one of her bibles anyway and i have that. teacups and odd china begine. no guilt! i have purged so much and have made so many vehicle filled trips to goodwill thats its a bit scary. and the sad part is, i dont remember much of what i donated nor do i miss anything in particular. great book. goes a bit overboard on the touching everything to see if it sparks joy thing and the thanking your panties for protecting your precious butt all day thing.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I think we all hold a lot of guilt around getting rid of items that sparked joy for other people, but if it doesn’t spark joy for you, send to Goodwill and let someone else love it.

    What do you mean you don’t thank your socks? 😉

  • Miki 2 years ago Reply

    I just started reading this book and started with my clothes. AMAZING! I was really able to let go of things and quickly. It did give me incentive to look at other things just sitting around too that went in a donation box. Just working with the clothes alone has empowered me to let go. I’m excited about the of the house.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    It gets easier and easier!

  • Genealogyangel 2 years ago Reply

    Sometimes it takes a disaster to give you the impetus. We had a frozen pipe burst resulting in water damage and the need to remove everything from the shelves in our basement. So, I sorted through hundreds of books deciding what to do with them. Many will go to a yard sale and charity. However, hubby has books upstairs in his office and I have to ignore them. I did tackle his clothes, though, because he had so many that he never wore and many did not fit him anymore. He swore he would not do anything with them until retirement. So, I started and finished the entire project in one day while he was at work — even going to The Container Store for appropriate organizers. So much better now!!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    You know what’s funny– my husband was very ant-KonMari method when I initially started. One month later, he went through all of his clothes ALL ON HIS OWN. As Marie Kondo claims, your KonMari-ing will eventually rub off on the people around you. So maybe your hubby will get rid of those books after all. 🙂

    Nice work!

  • Amy 2 years ago Reply

    Just a small note, the title of the book is the "The Life-Changing MAGIC of Tidying Up," not "Method". : ) The shelf looks great!

  • Christine 2 years ago Reply

    It looks great. Do my eyes deceive me, though, or did you keep the Spanish Dictionary, after all? I think I see it on the lowest shelf on the left…😍

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Funny you should mention that! I got rid of MY Spanish dictionary, but my husband kept his. OBVIOUSLY we needed two. 😉

  • Crystal 2 years ago Reply

    Great job! Your before and after is amazing! I bet you keep going back and looking at it and feel great! So happy for you.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    We’ve actually moved the entire bookshelf into our spare bedroom and turned that space into a home office. 🙂 I love moving crap around.

  • Carolyn West 2 years ago Reply

    I just finished reading her book and I’m starting my own journey to tidiness. I’m hoping to get the entire family on board and I’m so excited to finally get my house organized.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    It’s addicting!

  • Jessica Knight 2 years ago Reply

    I had never heard of this before. I watched my mom clean this way for years and we just learned to do it the same way. Interesting, I should by her the book so she can read it…

  • Frutinha 2 years ago Reply

    HI!!!

    I bought her book about 2/3 weeks ago and now i’m using the KonMari method.
    I already took 6 bags (50L each… so 300 liters) in four days.
    In the coming days we will continue to take things out.

    You can check my konmari method:
    http://desabafosecoisas.blogspot.pt/search/label/Minimalismo%20e%20Organiza%C3%A7%C3%A3o

  • Donna 2 years ago Reply

    Loved your post. I’ve been working my way through the Kon Mari method with great success. I ‘ve this method, it has worked like nothing I’ve tried before and getting rid of the excess stuff is quite cleansing. When i took one of my trips to the local Goodwill, they said they’ve never had this MUCH stuff donated as they have over the last six months!

  • Elizabeth Turnbull 2 years ago Reply

    Great job! I loved using the KonMari method to get rid of all the excess stuff in my life.

    Elizabeth
    plantbasedbride.com/blog

  • swallmom 2 years ago Reply

    Thanks so much for this post. I never thought of doing this by categories. I think I’ll try my linens first since they are all in one place (I am way to attached to my books and with three kids and a husband the clothes intimidate me). Is the book worth buying or can I get by with everyones helpful hints.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Yeah, I think the difficulty of the categories certainly differs with every person. Start with the linens, then move on to the harder stuff.

    There are some other excellent tidbits in the book (for example, don’t pressure the people who live with you to purge their stuff as well. In most cases, Mari Kondo claims this will happen naturally– and I can attest to that as my hubby went through his closet a month after I did!). The book is pretty redundant, and you could probably get enough info from my post honestly!

  • Lanne 2 years ago Reply

    I went thru all my stuff and put almost everything jn storage. I went overseas w two suitcases…(and married the love of my life, and had twins ha) we move home next year. We have established that once again, we will move w internationally w just suitcases .. This will be an awesome method for choosing what can come and what needs sold

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Getting a break like that from your stuff really puts what you "need" into perspective. Good luck!

  • Jilla1958 2 years ago Reply

    I bought the book just before I had to move in with my folks to take care of them due to their decline in health.
    my stuff is in storage and I’m going through my mother’s stuff since she has passed

    KonMari method has helped me to get rid of a lot of things I would’ve kept "just because" I sent a lot of her clothes to nursing homes and some to Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

    When purging remember the people who could use business attire to go to job interviews ( I don’t know the names of those groups )

    Keep up the great work and good luck!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    "When purging remember the people who could use business attire to go to job interviews"<<< exactly!

  • katie d. 2 years ago Reply

    I’ve started this a bit, as much as I can with two little people constantly needing something. I haven’t read hte book but something I’ve picked up from reading about the book is that it’s OK if something that ONCE gave you joy no longer does, or if you’ve changed. I need this permission a lot, I’m realizing. That made it SO easy to get rid of like 8 million beauty products the other weekend. I literally got rid of three grocery bags full of stuff from the closet in my hallway. I felt so light and free!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Also, it’s okay to get rid of gifts! That was a hard one for me– I felt like i had to keep gifts, even though they never gave me joy. FREEDOM!

  • Laura 2 years ago Reply

    My sister died when she was 21. I was 23. She lived 10 hours away and I was the only one who would go and get her things. Well I drug every scrap of stuff and shred of clothing behind me through every move for 15 years. I just couldn’t let it go, because I felt like I would then be letting her go. Finally it hit me that burdening myself like that wasn’t bringing her back. It served no purpose. I got rid of most of it except for a few items, and i realized that with or without all of her "stuff" I’m still sad. It’s just the way it is, but burdening myself unnecessarily doesn’t change it.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Getting rid of the stuff must’ve been so hard, but it’s a healthy step. I think feeling obligated to keep everything is worse than just keeping key sentimental items. Very strong and brave of you to do that! xoxo

  • Debby 2 years ago Reply

    I’ve been doing this stuff for years. I cannot handle clutter. I only keep books that I really enjoyed the rest I pass along. I go through my clothes every season. If I didn’t wear it, it’s gone. I go through recipes often. If not used, gone. Purging is actually a part of my life style. Lol

  • Elizabeth 2 years ago Reply

    This is the first time I’ve ever posted a comment response to an article, so that in itself says something… First of all, thanks for your Very Organized article with accompanying photos. Fun and light, yet useful and inspiring! I am a natural-born neat-nik. Yet in spite of my tendency to organize and declutter, there are certain "categories" which I have found difficult to approach. Here is one of my worst: High School Yearbooks! If you or anyone else can share success stories about how they delt with, I would be much obliged! 🙂

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Thanks for your comment! And thanks for saying this post is well organized… maybe I KonMari’d it.

    I for one get SO MUCH JOY from high school yearbooks. Granted, I literally lettered in yearbook (yes, it’s possible), and think it’s so much fun to dig through those things. Unless you’re hoarding yearbooks from classes you weren’t in, I see no reason to get rid of them. They’re irreplaceable.

    That said, when it comes to sentimental things, you really can’t keep everything. Must you keep every drawing your kid made, every photo from freshman year of college, every card you’ve ever received? No.

    Challenge yourself to keep just a handful of each & place them in a small box. OR take photos of the stuff you love and have them printed in an album. Just a few ideas. 🙂

  • Natalie 2 years ago Reply

    Thank you for sharing this do-able method. So many of us get overwhelmed with not knowing where to start with purging. And purging is an on-going part of being organized.
    Our brains are wired in a way that this organizing method makes sense to it.
    It is easier and less overwhelming to organize one category (even when in many rooms…as your book purging example) than to organize many categories in one room.
    Many categories tax or brains.
    One category at a time….it takes the pressure off…
    Thank you so much!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Attacking by category is a game-changer!

  • melony 2 years ago Reply

    yea i have been cleaning my closet for 3 years. Already took books to library(205!)
    Now for the clothes, sigh, seeing them just disgust me,, hey I can make some free fabric.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Nice job! Hope the closet cleaning goes well 🙂

  • Mags 2 years ago Reply

    Hello Readers, by reading most comments I feel that I am not alone when trying to better organize my living space, clutter free. It has helped me think wiser, I am ready to tackle my family library & closets
    Quick question for the readers, I have tons of photos of my younger years & now of my daughters. I like developing pictures. How can I organize photos? Keep in mine that I have lots of pictures, I am not ready to get rid of them. I am emotionally attached. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
    Mags

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I’m not as hardcore as Marie Kondo with the sentimental items. I say try to organize them into books. If you can’t find the time (or until them) put them into pretty boxes. 🙂

    Andee 2 years ago Reply

    Hi Mags,

    I saw an idea once for Family Yearbooks. You can order them or make one yourself using small photo albums. Organizing the photos by year in a bound manner to hold onto in a more organized way. I believe you can find more ideas on them via Pinterest, which is where I saw the idea originally. Hope that helps 🙂

    Anne Lylesaber 2 years ago Reply

    I’ve sorted all my photos and memorabilia by decade (I have some that go back over a century!), and my plan is to use Project Life binders and inserts to make family albums. I feel it’s in keeping with the KonMari method to create attractive "spreads" of the best photos (with notes about who/when/where/etc to give each one context) so that they can bring you joy, than have boxes and boxes of them sitting around unloved and gathering dust.

    If you have a lot left over that you can’t yet bring yourself to get rid of, at least by having the best collected in nice albums it’s easier to put the rest aside. Give yourself permission to pack the rest away in a box and stash it in the loft/attic/basement, and maybe you’ll be able to ditch them eventually.

    http://beckyhiggins.com/project-life/

  • Lauren 2 years ago Reply

    I think I may be the only person who actually regrets buying this book! I read so many things about it and how it changed people’s lives that I decided to pick up a copy. While I do love her basic principle (getting rid of crap and things that don’t bring you joy), I found the specifics of the book to be irritating. I felt like she was saying that if you do not follow every single step of her method (folding clothes instead of hanging them, for example), then you are set up for failure. I also felt like she completely ignores frugality. She actually recommends getting rid of extra toilet paper. If it’s an item that you are inevitably going to use and is cheaper for you to buy in bulk, I would rather save the money than free up a shelf. I love the idea of getting rid of things and organizing what is left, but I feel that her method lacks practicality in a lot of ways.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I agree, Lauren. I don’t talk to my socks (or at least not when I’m sober), and I have plenty of extra TP. But I looked past the quirkiness of the book (there’s a LOT of it!) and focused on the stuff that was useful to me. It’s not an all or nothing thing… unless you are KonMari. But we all know she’s a little nuts. 😉

  • Dawn Almond 2 years ago Reply

    I think it’s funny how I am pretty much OCD driven to follow the whole categorical, put it all out there, plan anyway. My Daddy "inherited" all of my Grandmother’s "treasures" when she passed, then I "inherited" the "jackpot of anything & everything" of my Grandmother’s & my Daddy’s when he passed last year… After suffering from my own "treasure" pile of projects to do, things to sell, has been hoards, kids crap & then adding this to the mix, I was overwhelmed, depressed & under motivated. I think that the decision making process of what to do with every little thing is exhausting..I think the idea to do it all fast helps the process from becoming never ending & when the whole category is gone.. it’s a HUGE accomplishment! You don’t keep running into a wall, dealing with the same old stuff over & over again. Also, when you can see everything in one place in that same category, you can take inventory of what you have, & make an informed decision as to what to toss or keep.. I’ve never heard of this method, but I’m intrigued to check it out.. Thank you!!!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Dawn, this book will change your life… especially if you’re dealing with family "treasures." Good luck!

  • Sue 2 years ago Reply

    Yes, enjoyed reading it. I have been doing sorting on a regular basis, unwanted books, magazines and CDs to my local library, ( no money, glad someone will enjoy them). Unwanted clothes to salvation or donation dumpster near me! I try to tell my friends who r overwhelmed by the amount of clutter piled up in their apartments!

  • Michelle 2 years ago Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I am reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, since I received if for Christmas. Your post was insightful and showed me how easy I can get out from under all of the clutter I have. Feeling like I am a borderline hoarder. I thinking I am going to start with books, instead of clothing.

  • Nottito 2 years ago Reply

    I am becoming addicted to "tidying up." But…I started with paper because I was on a mission to turn my massive, well organized and well preserved files of papers/bills/statements/recipes, etc. into a single digital footprint! Whew! I took ALL the paper out of all my rooms (some from 2008) and piled it in the family room. It took me nearly a week to go through all the files! I was trying to shred them on my home shredder, but ended up taking all the secure stuff to a professional shredder, which was cheaper than buying a new shredder. My three drawer file cabinet is now only a drawer and a half with PLENTY of room to move the file folders. My desk is clutter free and I am pleased as punch! I still have a little trouble with getting over the fear that I may need a discarded paper in the future, but I think I’m going to be OK. I can truly say, Paper does NOT bring me joy!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Paper kills me, too! Good for you for shredding the crap out of it!

  • Nicole 2 years ago Reply

    It’s nice to hear an honest review of this book and realize that I don’t need it. In my family, we always did this in January and July. We would do everything my categories and purge the house. I still continue with this trend myself. I find it odd this book is so popular when it’s just common sense information.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Sometimes it’s the easiest answer that’s the most difficult to see. 😉

  • Leemarie 2 years ago Reply

    Great review (I’m still waiting to get me a copy of the book) and I live your results. While my bookshelf is massive compared to yours, I’m still hopeful after seeing your "after". I understand when some people feel the author might be a bit much (with TP and stuff) I currently live in Japan and it’s amazing just to see how peaceful it is to walk into a clean and organized (the Japanese way) room…there’s just something different about it. I’m not criticizing other people’s comments I’m just telling you, I’m here in Japan and it is different. Q: Where did you get that bookshelf from?

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I think a lot of it comes down to buying things as you need them vs a whole toilet paper factory at Costco that you must dedicate real space to. I am totally guilty of that!

    I bought the bookshelf at a vintage shop in Minneapolis. It’s really big, but i love it.

  • Anne 2 years ago Reply

    Fantastic!

  • Kelly 2 years ago Reply

    I bought the book several months ago and have just begun "Kondoing" my home. Cannot believe how much stuff I have that doesn’t spark joy! Great idea to drop books at a Little Library…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Alicia 2 years ago Reply

    The Konmari method has been life-changing for me. Not because of what I have purged from my house, which has been significant, but from how I have kept those areas tidy since the purge. I’m very selective now about what I bring into my house. I never want that feeling again of being weighed down by my stuff. I’m still not done with the method (working on hobby stuff next – yay!) but what I’ve done so far has had an incredible impact on me.

  • Stoyan 2 years ago Reply

    Agree with many people here – utterly life-changing! I’ve never been disorganized or cluttered, but I’m not a fan of cleaning/tidying the house all the time, and I’ve been thinking ahead to downsizing and reflecting more on needs vs wants. "Spark joy" to my surprise somehow resonated with me. As Alicia experienced, it’s easier to get tidy and keep tidy. I think I sound like a cult member when I talk to my friends about it, but hey – just being an apostle of order, I guess.

  • Mrs. Charlotte 2 years ago Reply

    It’s been a life changer for me. I am in the military and move every few years. I have given my self 6 months to downsize and stop the cycle of moving the same 25000 pounds of furniture and effects around the country and only really use 1/3 of the stuff. It’s just stuff. My anxiety about the next move most likely in the next year and a half has changed to excitement.

    Chelsea 10 months ago Reply

    I’m a military brat and I’ve had some really abrupt moves in my life. As an adult, I still find myself moving for one reason or another. I always thought I kept things minimal until there was an emergency move. After that- I started reading The Minimalists blog and did the KonMari Method. Life throws you a lot of curveballs. Moving and storing your crap that you haven’t touched for years shouldn’t be one of them.

  • mary 2 years ago Reply

    OMG… it’s totally my life: my husband is such a book hoarder too. haha. I have purged a lot of my books, but we still have the library of congress up in here. I think getting rid of crap is just the best.

    We also have a free little library in our park nearby, that is such a wonderful resource.

  • Rebecca Voeltner 2 years ago Reply

    Oh my goodness! Your book shelf turned out so great!!! I read this book on Friday and started by tackling our closet this weekend – 15 bags and about 450 items later – our closet looks amazing and the room feels 100 pounds lighter. As a mom of 4, its tackling the ever growing/changing kids clothes, next and then onto my (entirely personal and dearly beloved) book collection. eek. Wish me luck! Fun to read and see your progress!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    Thank you! When you see 15 bags exit your bedroom, aren’t you just like "Where did all this stuff come from?!"

    Good luck with the books!

  • Patricia H 2 years ago Reply

    I started tackling clutter in my house mid-January. It is imposible for me to let go books, even when I have a Kindle and most of them are there too. But it is not as bad as it seems. Clothes, on the other way, were extenuous to tackle. I had literally clothes enough for five lives, if I only liked them. Bags and bags full of almost new shirts, jeans, dresses, t-shirts. Just gave everything to a lady who volunteers in a church and she told me that I made many people happy with my decluttering. Havent finished though. Its tough.

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    It’s tough, but feels good once you’ve tackled one category and can site back and marvel at your hard work! Keep it up!

  • Phonzzy 2 years ago Reply

    The kon-mari book/method was a miracle to me. The key words: does this item bring you joy. Just amazing how many items in my home did not bring me joy. First time in my life that I read a book so quickly. It’s a must.

  • Johanna 2 years ago Reply

    I was googling for the method, because it seems silly to buy another book when I’m supposed to be decluttering? And yes, I am one of the people who LOVES their books, so I didn’t need another thing that I don’t want to get rid of 😉 Thank you for explaining it in detail, I feel like I’ve got the gist of it now. Although I think I might leave the books out of it haha

  • Mandy 1 year ago Reply

    If anyone worries that this method will be too difficult, I’ve made significant progress in a week, with the enthusiastic assistance of two ten week old kittens. They particularly like the part about putting things in piles.

  • Victor Reyes 1 year ago Reply

    Thank you so much for your words, pics, and example. I am going to attack my heap of books and crap as you did.

    Victor

  • Teresa Lowry 1 year ago Reply

    I had begun to buy-clutter before finding this. Started with 4 bookcases full. After taking out what I no longer care to keep 1 book case full. One daughter took some, the other daughter wants some then plan to sell the rest. Then on to the rest of the house.

  • Reggie Adler 1 year ago Reply

    I don’t think there is a fix for endless clutter. You can clear off you kitchen table, the table by the front door, and the draw that holds odds and ends. Within a month, miraculously it’s back again. Only a newer version !

  • Reggie Isserlis Adler 1 year ago Reply

    One thing that does help me is the question, " does this enhance my life?". IF not- out the door. Also, to minimise closets – take 5 hangers next to each other and lay clothing on bed. Arrange in order of love, like, or so so. All of the so so’s, go go !

  • dave 10 months ago Reply

    so basically keep what u really need/use, and get rid of the rest. not exactly a new or amazing idea.

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