The KonMari method has been trending for some time now. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon, you've probably at least heard of it. The method, created by Marie Kondo, takes a minimalistic approach to tidying and tackles organizing by category rather than location. Instead of organizing one room at a time, the KonMari method focuses on organizing by category. For example, organizing all the clothes in the home before moving on to another category such as books.
We are big fans of anything that makes tidying, organizing or cleaning out old items easier. Below, we rounded up our favorite tidying tips inspired by the KonMari method:
1. Give everything a home. The Golden Rule of Tidying, if you will. According to Marie Kondo, "Clutter has nothing to do with what or how much you own - it's the failure to put things back where they belong." We love woven baskets and bins to stow away items while maintaining an appealing aesthetic. Also, never underestimate the power of a decorative catch-all dish...on an entryway table, coffee table, desk, dresser, anywhere and everywhere!
2. Start small. Depending on how much you own or how big your home is, the KonMari method can take several days or weeks. If you don't have that kind of time, don't sweat it! Walk through your home as if you were a guest. If something catches your eye that you don't love, donate or toss it. Cleaning out old items is a skill. If you practice it frequently, even little by little, we promise it will get easier.
3. Keep the kitchen counters clear. We always say the kitchen is the heart of the home. By only keeping items that you use daily on the countertops, you can free up some much needed space to cook delicious meals and gather with family. Plus, the clearer the counters of clutter, the easier it will be to wipe up any crumbs, drops or spills.
4. The closet. As a four-woman team, we could write an entire blog post (maybe even a book) dedicated to closet organization. Instead, we'll keep it simple with two rules. Firstly, if you haven't worn it in over thirty days, resell or donate it. Secondly, if you dislike one detail about an item, maybe the buttons or the fit is off, resell or donate it and then make plans to purchase a replacement that you would get more use out of.
We hope you found these tips helpful. The beginning of the year is a great time to tackle tidying but don't let it overwhelm you. After all, they're just things!