Why Everyone Loves The KonMari Way Of Tidying Up

by Trina Remedios
Meet Marie Kondo, a Japanese consultant who can help you declutter your closet with one simple mantra; but it maybe too simple for some.

Boxing and storing what you no longer use is not tidying up. Marie Kondo wants you to get brutal and embrace the concept of minimalism, one that proves to be quite the challenge for most who have tried the KonMari method. But, with a guarantee that you can get more use out of your limited space and even lead a happier life, you can't help but watch the closet organizer teach you tricks to fold clothes, arrange decor, organize books, jewellery and shoes, and bascially change the way you see and use your space. 

The Best Seller That Teaches You The KonMari Method
Among all the novels dedicated to murder mysteries and drama in USA TODAY's Top 10 Best Sellers list, Marie Kondo's self-help book makes for a refreshing change. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever is also a best seller in Japan, Germany and UK, with over two million copies being sold to date.

It pretty much stays true to its name as the book focuses on de-cluttering and sorting through the junk in your home, but how it defines what you should hold on to or let go of is what makes the difference: Keep anything that "sparks joy".

This positive positioning is perhaps what's making the book such a success. People associate it with letting go of things that stir up angst, sadness, or any negative emotions that can come back to haunt you; all this, simply by organizing your closet. Once you have your home in order, it will reflect in your choices—relationships, work ethic, and even impulse purchases, and keep you from falling back into your old ways. Sounds so promising and reassuring, doesn't it?

The Queen Of Tidying Up
Some people are born for great things and Marie Kondo seems to think that she was destined to write this book. She's been an obsessive organizer right from childhood. When girls were playing during recess, she would be in class, arranging the bookshelves. "I was obsessed with what I could throw away. One day, I had a kind of nervous breakdown and fainted. I was unconscious for two hours. When I came to, I heard a mysterious voice, like some god of tidying telling me to look at my things more closely. And I realized my mistake: I was only looking for things to throw out. What I should be doing is finding the things I want to keep. Identifying the things that make you happy—that is the work of tidying," she told The Australian.

Tried & Tested: The KonMari Way
Lucky for us, Lavendaire, a YouTube vlogger tested the method and documented her whole experience. She demonstrates how to organize your closet, fold shirts, pants, tank tops, sweaters, hoodies, socks, and stockings. She also shows you how to assemble books, papers and other knick knacks. If you want to get with the program, this video captures how you can embrace the KonMari way of life, beautifully:

Expert Reviews
USA Today: "Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?"

The New York Times: "Ms. Kondo delivers her tidy manifesto like a kind of Zen nanny, both hortatory and animistic."

The Wall Street Journal: "Her voice... turns stern and enchanted, like a fairy godmother for socks."

The London Times: "[It is] enough to salute Kondo for her recognition of something quietly profound: That mess is often about unhappiness, and that the right kind of tidying can be a kind of psychotherapy for the home as well as for the people in it."
Good Housekeeping: "All hail the new decluttering queen Marie Kondo, whose mess-busting bestseller has prompted a craze for tidying in homes across the world ... one proper clear out is all you need for the rest of your life."

Reader Jennifer C from Maryland felt introspective after putting the book down: "I found myself actually enjoying the book and thinking about all my stuff and how to start dealing with belongings that do not bring me joy. I think my biggest issue is letting go of things that can be used still and I save them for yard sales and donations. I need to work through things and maybe do a big donation run and just let things go that no longer spark joy for me."

The Flipside: Critical Readers
Now, there are some readers who obviously don't find the Marie Kondo way of tidying up quite logical and fair, not everything can "spark joy", and yet, you may still need to hold on to it:

Diane Yannick's experience may resonate with some: "There is no rating low enough to compensate for the way this book has ruined my life... Do you know how hard it is to summon joy from beige underwear or Neosporin? Yet summon you must. I like my carrot peeler but is joy too strong a word?" 

And then there were many others like this guy, Barks Book Nonsense: "...Step #2, you see, is books. BOOKS! As you can probably easily imagine, I am stuck here on step #2 because, well, it’s a call to action to rid myself of my precious books! She wants me to what?! I’ve been collecting books since I was twelve years old. I have a lot of books but I’m afraid I may love them all... I was instructed to touch each one and see if it sparked that apparently not-so-elusive feeling of joy within me. Trouble is they all kind of did. I suppose I am broken... I think I shall pretend that step 2 was nothing but a fever dream."

Now, maybe if you didn't take Marie Kondo's suggestions too literally and tweaked them just a bit to suit yourself, you might find it easier to cope with the change and embrace her way of decluttering, not just your closet, but your life, too. It's definitely worth a shot anyways; so, why not?
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