Does It Spark Joy?

When Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” was published in 2015, it sparked  a book craze AND heated discussions among organizers.

While we own her book, Joy nor Kelly ever finished reading it. Honestly, some of her methodology felt unreasonable: TOUCH every article of clothing!

Fast forward to last month’s professional development meeting through our local NAPO chapter. The topic was the KonMari Method™ taught by our colleague Amanda Jefferson of Indigo Organizing. Amanda shared great insight on the KonMari methodology and taught us what is the same and what is different from the Konmari Method as compared to our “brand” of organizing.

Here are some top lessons learned;
• Your belongings fit into 5 categories:
1. Clothing
2. Books
3. Papers
4. Komono (misc)
5. Sentimental

• The “life-change” comes from decluttering each category of stuff in the set order

• The KonMari Method™ is not for everyone — you need to desire a life make over not just work on one area of your stuff

• There is no major difference for how to categorize, sort and containerize.

• Vertical filing (as Marie Kondo suggests we fold things) DOES have its advantages 

Next time you declutter, remember to ask yourself if each item brings you JOY!

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