CliffsNotes: The KonMari Method was developed by world-renowned expert in tidying, Marie Kondo, who has become famous for her simple philosophy: if an item doesn’t spark joy, throw it away. It’s her trick to organizing and decluttering, and though we’re a little late to the party (her book is a best seller and she has her own binge-able show on Netflix), we’ve hopped on the bandwagon (though we donate, recycle, or repurpose).
The Full Story: Though Marie’s strategy seems simple, it is actually a bit more complicated than we’ve let on. There are clear-cut rules and organizational tactics, as well as a very specific order of operations that is based on elementary psychology. We highlyrecommend the book, but if 206 pages about tidying doesn’t excite you the way it does us (read: Courtney), we got you.
Marie recommends decluttering in one fell swoop, starting with clothes, then books, papers, miscellany, and, finally, sentimental items. Essentially, one should begin with items of the least sentimental value, and slowly work toward the ashes of a beloved childhood goldfish. She is adamant that all items should be pulled from their hiding places and deposited in a pile in the center of a room, then each should be physically handled while the decision is made to keep or toss. It’s a time consuming process and can even be a bit of a workout (depending on one’s level of clutter), but in Marie we trust, and we promise the results are worth it!