The KonMari method of decluttering and how YOU can follow it to spark joy in your life

Tidy up your wardrobe and get rid of all those clothes you have hoarded by following Marie Kondo's tips

With the year just beginning, there is still time to get back on track and follow your resolutions. Tidying up, is one such, which improves the quality of your life. Imagine your table being super organised and finding everything you need in a jiffy, rather than spending time looking for things in the clutter! 

Taking cue from this, Marie Kondo a Japanese organising consultant and author came up with her own method of cleaning up - the KonMari. So far, she has sold over 11 million books that help in organising and tidying, apart from own de-cluttering show on Netflix. Organisation is taking over, because it seems to offer the possibility of controlling things and doing them your own way. Her method is simple: if it sparks joy, keep it. If not, if it is still in a good condition donate, if not, toss it away. Her approach applies to everything from homes to shopping and even boyfriends and girlfriends! 


@onwardupward2746 tidied her closet and now it only contains items that spark joy  Photo by @onwardupward2746.

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Here is how you can de-clutter your wardrobe, the KonMari way!
The method essentially consists of two parts: discard and sort. 
1. Collect every piece of clothing you own and heap it up in a pile on the floor. 
2. Pick up each piece of clothing and ask yourself if it "sparks joy" in your life. If it does, Kondo believes you will just know. 
3. If the item "sparks joy" within you, keep it. If not, you are instructed to thank the clothing item for everything it has brought into your life, and then discard it. 
1. Then pay attention to the remaining stuff and organise it by what fits you the best. 
2.  According to Marie, every piece of clothing has its own "sweet spot" which is essentially the "folded state that best suits the item". 
3. Arrange them in your wardrobe according to colour, as it is more pleasing to the eye and looks more organised. 
4. if you are hanging things, go with a diagonal line - longest on the left and shortest on the right. 
Post her Netflix show getting tonnes of attention, a number of people all over the world have tried this Marie Kondo's method. The whole "thank your clothes before you throw them out" didn't seem to hit it off too well at first, but when people tried it, they claimed that it felt oddly therapeutic. One user said she accidentaly thanked one of her favourite shirts before throwing them out and "then something magical happened: I felt at peace with its disposal", she said. 


@justanothermummyblog folds her clothes using the KonMari Method  The color gradation of the jeans is  Photo by @justanothermummyblog.

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According to the author who came up with this organisational method, clothes aren't the only things with feelings. Your house, your garden and even books feel the same way. 
There have been organisational cults before, but not to this extent. Social media is blowing up with memes about things that will and won't "spark joy". And Marie Kondo's method was obviously designed to improve the quality of life, and of course, bring joy!
Are you willing to try out this method? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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