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Declutter For Your Next Move in 6 Simple Steps!  


Declutter For Your Next Move in 6 Simple Steps!

Andrew Bayon
Feb 15 4 minutes read

If you don't know who Marie Kondo is, she has revolutionized cleaning and decluttering. Her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Netflix movie,  Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, have sparked new joy in decluttering your home. There's no better time than getting rid of all that junk that has been piling up for years than when you are moving into a new home. No one likes to carry boxes of unused things to just spend the time to unpack those things and tuck them away to continue to be unused. It's time for a change!

Marie Kondo has redefined the rules of engagement for tidying up. And it's actually quite simple and enjoyable!

1. Commit All At Once

Don't do one room at a time or spread it out over 7 days. It is much easier to pick 1 day and to do it all at once.

This may sound overwhelming. Don't worry. Do what you can and get back to it later. The goal is start committed not half way in half out.

2. Visualize Your Lifestyle

Imagine from the viewpoint of your ideal lifestyle. You want to be able to visualize your home as you want it to be. You want to have the end in mind when you clean. or else you will just move things around without any purpose of what and where you want to put them.

Identify as someone who lives in a clean environment.

3. Ask yourself, "Does this item spark joy?"

Marie explains that you want to touch every item before you discard it. Take logic out of the equation, what emotion does this item bring you?

You want your home to be happy and inviting. Focus on what you love and what brings you joy, don't dwell on the negative.

4. Finish Discarding Before Moving On

You want to remove not add. The idea is based on a minimalist approach. We get it, minimalism in its entirety is not for everyone. But there is a lot we can learn from the concept.

Keep it simple.

5. Tidy by Category Not Location

This is a simple switch. Most people store similar items in similar locations. So instead of tackling your closet or dresser, focus on getting all your clothes together then put them in their place.

6. Clean in Order

Marie has come up with an order that she has found to be effective. The KonMari Checklist

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Miscellaneous
  5. Sentimental

While many people associate her method with tidying, it's really about discarding items that lack value. To determine what makes the cut, Kondo has you start by removing everything out of your closets and drawers (category one), all the books off your shelves (category two), all the paperwork out of your desk and bins (you get the idea). Once you have a big pile, you're to go item-by-item and consider if it sparks joy. While Kondo admits that this can feel awkward or unnatural at first, she assures readers and viewers that you'll get better at recognizing what sparks joy as you go. Once you've tossed items in every category, you should have a much smaller set of remaining items that you can return to various closets, drawers, shelves, and boxes. Note that you're to finish one category before moving onto the next one.

The intention of the KonMari method is to end up with a clutter-free home that is better able to bring more joy and prosperity to your life. While tidying, she encourages you to visualize the life you want to live — to be less stressed, for example — and what you need to get there. Anything that won't help on that journey isn't deserving of your space or you, she says.

Tidying May Not Be Enough

All the cleaning and tidying can't fix a space that's too small. If your home is still busting at the seams, it may be time to upgrade your family's living space.

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