After sharing a few posts on “The Life-Changing Method of Tidying Up,” I thought it was time to share how I’m using the KonMari method to tidy up in my own home.
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For a quick refresh, here are the posts I’ve shared so far:
- Introduction to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and free printables to inspire you in your journey
- The KonMari method and a printable checklist to use while you “tidy up”
- How (and why) I disagree with Marie Kondo
I touched on a bit of this last week, when I explained why I disagree with Marie Kondo. No, I haven’t mastered the KonMari method. No, I don’t plan to.
As I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and followed the KonMari method, I felt like I was in a yoga or aerobics class that was above my head. Sometimes you just need to do a modification. The KonMari method is the gold standard. Marie Kondo herself even makes a case for aiming for perfection. Of course, I could do everything that Marie Kondo talks about in her book. But I live in the real world – filled with 3-year-old twins, a full-time job, and this little blog that I like to update with posts like this one every now and then. We all live in the real world with our own obligations that probably come before keeping a perfectly tidy home.
I still highly recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. Of course I do. We should all have something to aspire to. But as long as you’re living in the real world with me, here are some of my modifications that can help you keep your home tidy enough.
Empty Your Purse Every Day
It’s not like my three-year-old twins don’t do this for me every day anyway, but please Marie. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
This is actually a really good idea, and it’s something I need to do a better job of. Once a week is good enough for my needs. I’m trying to get into a better habit of cleaning out my purse once a week – on Sunday evening before I start a new week.
What if you Can’t Tidy all at Once?
Marie Kondo says that of you “tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever.”
Yes, I fundamentally agree with this. However, there’s that small issue of the real world that gets in the way. The KonMari method has you tidy by category, so technically you can tidy over the course of a year and stay true to the method. And this is how I’ve had to do things.
I have tidied my clothing and bathroom – completely. My small organized closet is a testament to that.
But I have only partially tidied my craft supplies/home office, and I haven’t even touched my kitchen items. I’ll get there. It just may take a few months.
Even if you’ve completely tidied your clothes, you can’t become complacent. What brings you joy may change over time. Something that brings me joy today, may not bring me joy next year.
I plan to do a “tidy audit” once a year or so, to prevent myself from regressing.
Refrain from Stocking up on Items
Ok, Marie. You have never had twin babies, a cartwheel offer for diapers, a Target sale, AND a coupon. Just saying.
There’s something to be said about limiting your stockpile. Just keep it organized.
Treatment of Seasonal Clothing, or Less-Used Clothing
The KonMari method recommends not swapping out your clothing with the seasons and keeping all of your clothes in your closet. Well, I live in the great state of Minnesota, where temperatures can range from 50-below zero (windchill… brrr!) in January to 90+ in August.
I put my heavy winter jackets and scarves away for the summer, and I put my shorts and sandals away for the winter. BUT I limit it. I have one large container. That’s it. There’s no semi-annual swap-out with a half-dozen Rubbermaid containers. There’s just one. That’s my “crazy Minnesota weather – why do I still live here” compromise with Marie Kondo.
Finally… let’s talk about what we wear around the house.
“Downgrading to lounge wear is taboo.”
Lord help the person who tries to get between me and my yoga pants. Don’t even try. It’s never going to happen.
Tidy Up: A Quick Look Back:
Introduction to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and free printables to inspire you in your journey
The KonMari method and a printable checklist to use while you “tidy up”