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My Konmari Experiment

Posted by Shanna Tingom, AAMS® on Sep 10, 2015 3:13:17 PM

After reading The Unexpected Benefits of Doing the Konmari Method by Gilbert-based Tabitha Dumas, I was curious if this method for tidying up was as effective as all the hype. Based on the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo, the Konmari Method promises to deliver a system to organize your life so that you only have to do it once and then never again.

Even being a half-believer (at best) of the Konmari Method, I was inspired to start the process. 

STEP 1: My husband was out of town and my closet was a mess so it seemed like a good time to organize. I began with the first step and took all of my clothes out of the closet and put them on the bed. Not feeling very accomplished and a little bit overwhelmed, I moved to step two.

STEP 2: Picking up each item and assess if it sparks a feeling of joy. This was far more emotional than I ever expected. The process took me five hours. Yes, FIVE hours later I had two BIG bags filled with rejects. The keepers were proudly hung in my closet.

What made it an emotional process was what the items represented. Some didn’t spark joy because the reminded me of a time I’d rather forget. Others were out of style, stained, torn, or past their usefulness. The thought of giving them to someone who could use them sparked joy so I made piles and lists of people and places that could make better use of my clothes. It was joyful to think others could use my clothes.

STEP 3: Organize the closet from dark to light, left to right. I have two sides to my closet so I adapted this step to put suits and coats on one side, shirts and pants on the other. I followed the instructions in the book and folded my items so they were standing in the drawers. It was amazing to see everything so organized! Did you know you’re not supposed to ball up socks? I didn’t! Two hours later and my closet was a work of art.

I headed to the airport to pick up my husband from his trip. He got in the car and asked if I had cleaned his closet as well. NO WAY! I told him HE could do HIS closet.

Then he said, “I mean your drawers in my closet. Do you remember that you have three drawers in my closet?”

My heart dropped.  NO, I didn’t remember those. The next morning I got up and organized my two drawers in my husband’s closet. I also took hangers to be recycled and moved the donations to the garage for later delivery.

I’m proud of my accomplishment, though quite a bit sore from the nearly 10 hours of work!

As I sit in my beautiful new closet writing this (yes, I really am sitting in it!!) I realize how much the Konmari Method is like financial planning. You have to know where to find important documents so that you can review and plan for the future. It’s the same for my clothes. It was time to make changes and it feels good.

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