KonMari Decluttering Method Final Thoughts
After 5 weeks (which really was like 11 weeks) of Decluttering using the KonMari method, I’m going to slow down on my formal plan/approach to doing this AND blogging about it. Mainly – I’m not going to be doing a prep post and then a results post going forward. There are still things I want to declutter and will continue to follow the basic principals from her method, but I will just blog the final results (when I can get around to it). There are a lot of other things I have going on that I also want to blog about, so I’m going to be focusing on some of those things.
So to round out this 5-11 week decluttering journey I thought I’d share my final thoughts on the method: does it work, how did it work, am I glad I did it, would I recommend it, things to consider before doing it yourself, etc. If you’re just now finding this blog and want to read about my journey I’ve included links to the full series at the very end of this post. Or you can just look through my blog from January 2016 – March 2016 and you’ll find them.
Final Thoughts on Decluttering using the KonMari method
- It takes a while — especially if you have kids at home! If you have tried to do chores around a toddler then you know the struggle of putting away clothes only to turn around and find the whole stack of folded clothes to be strewn about all over the place. So imagine pulling out everything and sorting it to be organized properly only to have your toddler come in and “help” you. Be patient and accept that fact that it will take a while. Or better yet, take at least a week vacation (maybe two) and ship the kids off to grandma’s house so you can knock it all out. Honestly, a big part of me wishes that I did that.
- Sparks Joy! I love truly loving the things in my home. For as long as I can remember I’ve been an “ooh it’s only $10” kind of person and would just buy things that I didn’t need because it was “on sale” or a good price. As I’ve gotten older and priorities have changed I would now rather save and spend a lot of money (if necessary) to have one really great quality item that I love (sparks joy) instead of having many $10 items that I don’t even use. The question “Does it spark joy” has really helped changed my outlook on what I purchase. Note: being on one income has also helped with this…just needing to be very mindful of our spending.
- Your house will be in a state of disarray — until you’re finished. What I mean is that while working, if there was no place for items to go (IE: craft supplies, but my craft area isn’t organized yet) the house stayed cluttered until I was completely finished. I would highly recommend some type of staging area for items that will go somewhere eventually. Also be sure to actually have a plan for getting rid of the donated items immediately so that they are not continuing to clutter your space.
- Your family will ask where things are. Ha! This one is kind of funny. Now remember, I did not touch my husband’s things (or even my kid’s things for that matter). But I did work on the shared spaces like the Kitchen. We’ve had several scenarios where Bradley is in the kitchen and asking me “Where did you put this or that?” and so on. So just be aware that while you may have organized everything, your family will take some time to get used to it. And labels are your friend!
- Marie Kondo’s order for areas to declutter makes sense. I liked her basic order and it really has you get rid of some of the low hanging fruit, so to speak. But just as I did for weeks 4 and 5, you may need to create your own order and focus on the areas that are most important to you (or causing you the most stress). But still make sure to declutter by category and not just by room.
- Pull everything out and onto the floor! This is key and really helps you get things done. Simply having the space clear gives you the option to add storage bins and make sure the space is going to work the best that it can for you. Also – pulling everything out gives you motivation to get it done and get the remaining items put back away. It makes a huge difference to see it all laying there in front of you.
- Send kids away for the week and knock it all out. So I’m going back to this one as mentioned in #1 because I really think this could be knocked out really quickly if there wasn’t the distraction of work, kids, errands, etc. Being able to stay at home by yourself (or with another adult – I’d rather have my spouse so he can help with things like the garage, etc) and having the freedom to run out and purchase storage solutions if necessary, make trips to your donation sites, or even trips to the dump for trash would really allow you to knock things out. But if you’re anything like me and my husband when you have time away from the kids, housework and decluttering is probably the farthest thing from your mind! Take some time and do the fun things you’ve been hoping to do sans kids, then have a plan for the remainder of the week to really knock out the decluttering. Our home is around 2300 sqft and I really think I could have done it all in 1 to 1.5 weeks if that was our focus for the week.
- Don’t let people see what you’re getting rid of. It’s of no fault of their own, but other people often don’t understand why you’re getting rid of something because they themselves can see a use for it. But remember, this is YOUR decluttering journey and if it doesn’t spark joy for you then you don’t need it. And you don’t need anyone causing you to second guess your decisions.
- Organization & beautification can come later. However, be sure to have something to use in the meantime: shoeboxes, dollar tree bins, etc.
- Set a plan for maintaining it.
- One in – One out rule (good to use for clothes, magazines, etc)
- Calendar Reminders every 6 months to at least spot check all the areas and make sure they’re not getting out of control.
- Marie Kondo claims you declutter once and you never have to do it again. This might work for a single person or even a couple living in a small space with not many possessions, but with a family of 4 living in a decent sized home, things are going to accumulate! As long as you set a plan for maintaining it and not allowing the possessions to grow out of control, you’ll be in good shape.
- Read the book! I’m happy to loan my kindle copy if interested. I think I can still do that. Simply reading the book gave me such pleasure and inspiration. And it’s such a quick read, so why not?!