One of the key concepts of the Konmari method is that you gather things of the same category throughout your home, bring them together and then start the “does this spark joy?” questioning.
I’m going to talk more about this method vs the room-by-room organising I still advocate in another post, but for now I want to tell you what happened to me with two categories of household items in my home.
As I mentioned before, I need motivation to continue so I started with easy organising – my kitchen. I regularly declutter in the kitchen so it’s not an area that will slow me down.
(we won’t mention the stationery just yet)
I gathered vases from my cupboards and from all over the house.
Here’s the thing – it took me seeing all those vases in one place to have my AHA moment.
That is the magic in the #Konmari method, I think. You gather everything, bring it all together in one place, have a big fright, realise you’re crazy to have collected so much ________ (fill in the missing category you’re currently working with) and then only is it easier to really see which of those things spark joy.
I mean, who needs 17 vases if you don’t even buy flowers that often?!
I’m now down to 11 – and 1 holds washi tape in the study
Again, there were kids’ water bottles, my water bottles, spare (new, unused water bottles), summer water bottles, gym water bottles.
I knew I probably had too many but didn’t realise the sheer madness til I brought them all together and put them in one place.
I’m still a little bit skeptical but when I actually do the method as intended, I really do get great results
And a lot more cupboard space!