I am one of the millions of fans who is obsessed with Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix. I just love how she is able to transform a cluttered mess into a peaceful sanctuary. For those who are unfamiliar with the show,
“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.” - KonMari.com
I wouldn’t say that is interchangeable with minimalism, but both concepts reiterate the fact that materialistic items do not equate to happiness. Now I admit that I can be materialistic. Somehow I manage to convince myself that buying things will bring me happiness, but in reality, I remain unsatisfied and wind up repeating the cycle by making another purchase. Tired of this “pursuit of happiness” and also needing to declutter, I recently re-evaluated what I’ve been holding onto and from there began organizing my space. Here are a three tips inspired by the show that have helped me out a ton:
CREATE A HOME FOR YOUR THINGS.
Most often, things would just lie around my room because I didn’t create a space for it. Now that I have created a home for each items, cleaning up is a smoother process and it’s easier to find what I’m looking for.
Mason Jars: For some reason, your girl has become obsessed with mason jars. I use them for drinks, to hold change, and to hold pens and pencils.
Storage Containers: A little over a year ago, I discovered Muji - the best way to describe this place is like a Japanese Target. They sell everything from clothes to stationary items to furniture, to name a few. I bought a couple of clear containers to organize my makeup and products - now my dresser looks WAY neater.
3-Tier Rolling Cart: In my cart, I use the top row for my supplies + miscellaneous items, second row for magazines, and the bottom row for notebooks.
Bead Container for jewelry + accessories: I purchased a bead container from Michael’s a few years ago because I have so many earrings and nose jewelry, and I needed a way to sort everything without pieces getting lost. Because of its many sections, I’m able to keep my jewelry pieces separate. In the container that I have, I’m able to store larger accessories, such as watches and sunglasses, in the bottom section.
Over The Door Organizer: This organizer comes in handy, especially if you have limited space. I use it to sort my shoes, hats, clippers, and other accessories.
GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE PAPERS.
I have a tendency to allow papers to accumulate in my workspace, but I began to notice that my anxiety increases when I’m surrounded by paperwork because my mind associates a huge stack of papers with tasks and unpaid bills. After much procrastinating, I forced myself to sort through every paper and figure out what is necessary to keep. I formed a peace of mind when I discovered that I didn’t need much of what was in the pile - a majority of it consisted of old receipts, bills that were already paid, and random coupons. To organize, I bought an accordion paper organizer, and I hold myself accountable by making sure I put my paperwork in the correct section to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
DONATE. SELL. KEEP.
In Tidying Up, Marie has her clients take everything out of their dressers and closets, to put into one big pile. She asked them to pick up each article of clothing individually and ask, “Does this spark joy?” If it didn’t, she would have them thank the clothes for its service, then place it into a pile to be donated. For my process, I created three separate piles on my floor: donate, sell, and keep. If I couldn’t envision myself wearing the article of clothing, I would make the decision to either donate the item or sell it. It was hard to let go of some items but afterwards, I felt a release.
For the articles of clothing that I kept, I followed the KonMari folding method, which makes it way easier to see all of my tops when I open my dresser. I also had no idea that folding underwear and socks was a thing - I would just flip my socks inside out, and threw everything into a pile so that I could stress about it later on. You learn something new every day.
*As an added tip: I went shopping for shoes the other day and I had this image saved in my phone. Using this photo as a reference made my shopping experience so much easier because I was able to see the colors that I typically wear.
My space is still a work in progress but I can honestly say that I have a clearer thought process and I feel more relaxed in my environment. Even after taking these pictures, I found myself donating and tossing more items. I don’t necessarily label myself as a minimalist but I am in the process of realizing that the phrase“The more, the merrier” doesn’t apply to every situation.