Spark Joy: How the KonMari Method Changed My Life
Marie Kondo’s “KonMari Method” of organizing your home has taken the world by storm since The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was first published in 2014. Two years after its first publication in English, it’s already become a classic.
I’ve always loved minimalism (and everything Japanese), so when I heard there was a Japanese book about tidying, I bought it immediately. I wasn’t sorry! Marie Kondo and her “KonMari Method” introduced me to some concepts that are genuinely new and helpful in many areas of your life, not just organizing.
The KonMari Method
Kondo calls her tidying system the “KonMari Method.” At the most basic level, the method involves simply going through each of your possessions systematically and asking yourself if they “sparks joy.” Readers are asked to sort items by category, rather than room, since many objects are found in more than one room. The precise order she recommends is:
- Komono (miscellaneous items)
Now, if you’re a rebel who can’t stand rules, Marie Kondo will probably feel like a dictator. But you still may end up loving the book (though she may not convince you to talk to your socks).
What Sparks Joy?
The KonMari method revolves around an obvious question that has never received much attention from organizers: what do you love?
There are all sorts of clutter busting rules that most of us are rather familiar with. “If you haven’t used it in a year, throw it out.” “Don’t clean everything at once, you’ll burn out.” Or my personal favourite: you’re disorganized because you don’t have the proper organizing “tools.” Buy ours!
Marie Kondo’s approach is dramatically simple by comparison. Keep only that which “sparks joy” or is necessary. Clean all at once, it’s more energizing. Forget about organizing systems, they’re for hoarders.
The KonMari method drastically alters your perspective on possessions. Focusing on what you love – rather than what you want to get rid of – changes your life. Too often, we focus on the negative, and the KonMari method is the polar opposite of that approach. If you haven’t already read it, I hope you’ll find Kondo’s book helpful, both in clearing up your personal space and your diet.