Okay homebodies… if you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo prepare to be amazed, spell bound, or all around ready for some serious spring cleaning. If you have heard of Marie–can I just ask, “Are you feeling the itch to organize your life?” I am.. for real.
Who is Marie Kondo?
Marie Kondo is the sweetest little bundle of all things, organization. Seriously, she’s the cutest but she also can whip anyone’s house into shape using some impressive techniques. She’s wrote not only 1 book but 3 whole books about it:
You can check her stuff out or even hire an expert directly at: www.konmari.com
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Now lets be honest, Marie Kondo’s method(s) are inspired by Japanese Shinto–it’s a form of spiritualism to put it simply. Now, I know what you’re thinking. And no you don’t have to change your religious preferences or preform blasphemy to put her practices into place. I actually think it’s a great spiritual practice of gratefulness.
How it Starts.
Now honestly, this is what amazed me most—because of the deep personal mindset that one needs to make before this can really be successful. So, before Marie asks anyone to start the process of decluttering, she asks that they get on their knees and humbly thank the home/office/whatever. Now this can seem kind of trippy. However, I think it’s a great reminder to be thankful for all the things we have been given.
Personally, for myself it’s a great reminder that my home has been given to me by God’s blessings. He’s given our family the means to have a roof over our heads and in our gratefulness we should be a good steward of what He has given. This means: tidying up. This also means as a Christian, I would be thanking Him (for the house), not necessarily the house itself. Think about it. If your grandparent who you loved gave you their antique watch, you wouldn’t purposefully harm it. You would take care of it and keep it safe.
Now that that is out of the way, Marie gives a lot of organizational practices to her clients. Obviously, the first step is decluttering. Then she shows them how to make every inch of their home more efficient, room by room. She uses simple methods and practices that ANYONE (even kiddos) can implement!
Not sure this tidying up thing is really for you? Let me ask you a few questions:
Do you ever struggle to find something in your bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom within a few seconds?
Do you struggle to piece together an outfit with a closet full of clothes but still have nothing to wear?
Do you have a secret [or not so secret] stash of papers piled on a desk that you have yet to sort though?
Have you ever been late for work or your children late for the school bus because you/they couldn’t find something?
If you are working in an office do you tend to get more work done when your work space is cluttered or clean?
Maul that over for a bit. If you answered, “…no,” to all these questions than fine. You’re perfect. But if you answered, “…yes,” then maybe give Marie’s methods a chance. Start small. Read her book or watch her series on Netflix.
I hope this was a little insightful when it comes to the “KonMari Revolution.” This post is in no way to judge the intent of anyone’s heart based on the condition of their home. I just hope we can all look at our homes as gifts and strive to make them a little better everyday. Let’s face it, our lives get a little less chaotic when our homes are orderly and more simplistic. If you are interested in more home DIYs, inspiration, and daily updates please connect with me via social media. Find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest! Now go and make today more beautiful!