Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 20, 2015

‘The life-changing magic of tidying up’–the KonMari Method

konmariMarie Kondo began cleaning and organizing at a young age and has developed a method of cleaning and organizing, called the KonMari Method, she claims will be a one time end all method of keeping your home clean and tidy.  The method is presented in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.

The best advice I received from her book was “what you don’t need, your family doesn’t either”.  So when you are getting rid of your stuff, throw it away or donate it to a thrift store.  Don’t give it to your sister, your brother, your son or your daughter.  Just get rid of it.

Kondo’s method involves doing everything in one fell swoop not a little at a time which means you may have to take a week or two off of work just to tackle your project.  She believes in organizing by category not by room which means all “like” items will have to be gathered from around the house and brought to one place in order to go through it.  I can see where the method could work primarily because once you do the work, you won’t do it again regardless of whether or not you need to.  She does try to help you identify the things you need to part with and those you don’t.  It is an odd method, and it’s not for everyone.  Some people, like me, would give up in the middle of the process.  Kondo does admit that some people can’t do it.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books, as part of Waterbrook Multnomah’s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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