If you’ve browsed the Internet lately (or spent any time watching Netflix), chances are you’ve heard of a woman named Marie Kondo.
Or, more likely, you’ve heard of her hit show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” As a Japanese consultant and expert organizer, Marie Kondo is transforming the way people view their belongings and their homes. Her philosophy is simple: keep only the items in your home that “spark joy” in your heart.
In other words, get rid of your clutter!
But What is the KonMari Method?
Go into your room and pick up the first thing you see. Whether it’s a promotional T-shirt from your gym, a beloved family heirloom, or something else entirely, see what emotions it brings to mind. If it reminds you of a wonderful memory, or makes you feel thankful in any way, it sparks joy.
If you pick it up and feel nothing, and the item has no real practical value in your life, then it might be better off in the donation bin.
How to KonMari Your Home
Unlike other decluttering methods, Marie Kondo advises decluttering by type of possession, not room. She separates everything into categories. There’s books, clothing, paper, komono (miscellaneous items), and sentimental items.
Start with one category, and make your way through every single one of your belongings. You could broaden these categories to include things like home goods, kitchen appliances, and other household items!
The Benefits of Living Minimally
As you work through your belongings and get rid of those that don’t spark joy, you’ll probably begin to feel lighter and more clearheaded. Even if you’re not actively trying to sell your home, decluttering your life will more than likely bring you a sense of peace.
According to Marie Kondo, when your space is uncluttered you can begin to assess what’s in your heart.
This method of tidying is so popular because it also emphasizes the importance of mindfulness. When your space is free of clutter, you have more room to think about what’s really important to you. You can then set specific goals, plan activities, and put yourself in a good mindset to accomplish the things you want.
KonMari and Real Estate
And when it comes to buying or selling a home, this method becomes even more effective! Living minimally means having less stuff to pack up when moving day comes along. It also makes it much easier to stage your home to sell quickly and for top dollar.
If you’re interested in exploring how the KonMari method might affect your upcoming real estate transaction, please give us a call! We’d love to guide you towards success.