The subtitle of this book is…the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
This Japanese author is the guru of tidiness, the book is a #1 New York Times bestseller and over 2,000,000 copies have already sold.
Ms. Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising you that if you properly simplify and organize your home, you will never have to do it again! She has a client list and because she is so famous at her Japanese cleaning consultant skills, she has a three-month waiting list.
Her method is called the KonMari Method ( combination of her first and last name). It is a category-by-category system.
This idea of category cleaning was new to me. I also found many other ideas in this small gem of a book that I had never thought of in the past to declutter. I am currently decluttering and have been doing it for almost 4 years. Yes, four years. Ms Kondo says, once done properly, you will not have to repeat the process. That is my goal.
She insists that you only keep things that you love and that must be in your life. This frees you up to be very selective.
Some ideas for decluttering that I am going to use:
1) Start by discarding (she says, “putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved”)
2) Sort by category, not location — put everything in one category on the floor in front of you so you can see it all at one go
3) Every item you keep “should spark joy” – I love this and it is my new mantra. She also says “Keep only things that speak to your heart.” How brilliant!
4) First category should be clothes, then books, papers, miscellany and finally sentimental items, mementos last, never first.
5) What books to keep and what to discard, since my partner and I have decided to keep 50 books each, he has met his mark very well, but I am way over my limit (400, yikes! and will follow Ms Kondo’s rules).
Anyway, make sure to read this book when you want to seriously tidy up, once and for all.
Here is a talk Ms. Kondo gave at Google earlier this year: