First Impressions of the KonMari Method

First Impression of the KonMari method and a BEFORE of my house
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First Impressions of the KonMari Method

From a young age I was interested in organizing things and I liked my space to be tidy. I grew up with 3 sisters and my room was always the tidiest.

While I didn’t have a hoarder’s amount of belongings, I did have organized clutter. As I got older and collected more and more stuff, it felt like a never ending cycle of decluttering. I would go room by room and get everything neatly organized and within a few weeks or months it was back to disarray.

First Impression of the KonMari method and a BEFORE of my house

Making My House A Home

Currently, I live in an older style rental house with terrible floors and wood paneled walls. Everything is outdated, from the floor to the ceiling. I like the layout and the space the house gives my family, but cosmetically, it is lacking. This year I am really working on making my house a home and updating it as much as I can as a renter. I previously blogged about how I re-did my laundry room and bathroom, but now it’s time for the rest of the house.

As I get to the bigger rooms I notice they need a lot more than just a fresh coat of paint. They need the KonMari method. This is a peek into my older son’s bedroom. As you can see, it has turned into a storage room of sorts since he hasn’t been sleeping in there.

Cluttered bedroom before decluttering and organizing using the KonMari method

The #1 Recommended Method

I noticed a trend on Facebook of people asking for advice on how to declutter and one common answer was among all threads. The book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up  by Marie Kondo, AKA the KonMari method.

I got my hands on a copy of it within a few days, read it quickly, and couldn’t wait to get started. Her method of decluttering and tidying up takes you category by category instead of room by room.

The KonMari method takes somewhat of a minimalist approach where you keep only things that bring you joy. Even though I had just made over my laundry room and gotten rid of a lot of things, I realized I held onto items that could have gone. As I was reading, I was thinking of all the things that were stored in there that I didn’t actually need or want.

Putting The Method Into Action

While I am following her advice and using a majority of the KonMari method rules, I am not going category by category for everything. I have started in my living/dining room and oldest son’s bedroom with the items that I KNEW I could get rid of with no problems. So far this is working. I am even making some money off of selling all the items that are no longer taking up space in my house.

Okay, technically they are still taking up space, but only temporarily. I have the middle of my living room designated as the place to put all items that will be finding a new home.

Decluttering using KonMari method - Things to get rid of

As a busy single mom – that just started a new year of homeschool – I don’t have a lot of time to do the entire house at once, but I am slowly getting there. I can’t wait until my house is in order and actually tidy! I already notice a change just from the things I’ve already done – Hello, less dusting!

I’m excited to finish so I can show you guys some before/afters.

What are your tips for decluttering and tidying-up a house?

Author: Aduke Schulist

Aduke Schulist is a 30 something content creator living in the heart of Arkansas. She enjoys blogging, vlogging, and spending way too much time on social media. Aduke is a big fan of true crime documentaries and advocating for people with special needs. You can find Aduke on social media as @AdukeSchulist.

27 thoughts on “First Impressions of the KonMari Method”

  1. We usually go through our stuff once a year and if we have not used it over here, unless it is nostalgic, we get rid of it. It helps to keep our house from feeling cluttered. I like to organize but it doesn’t always work out how I want it to.

  2. I know what you mean by cluttered spaces and messes – you’re doing a really good job, thus far! It’s not easy to start it and maintain it but keeping the things that bring you joy sounds like a very good start.

  3. One of my favorite tips is bins throughout the house. I despise clutter and as much as I would love to immediately put everything back in its proper place, reality is I have a husband, 4 kids, a cat and a dog and sometimes things go where they go. Having a bin to put things in decreases the clutter until we put things away.

  4. I am working on decluttering the house. I am pretty awful with it. I’m slowly going through the clutter though. Most of it goes in the garage, I won’t lie.

  5. I am all about organizing but agree that it definitely takes time. I stay on top of things by going through old clothes and toys about twice a year and donating the things we no longer use to charity.

  6. I am so sick of clutter! I guess my tip is just to keep getting rid of stuff. As my kids are getting older, it is easy to get rid of all the little toys and stuff everywhere, but it’s hard when I feel like we need more storage too. I will have to check out this method.

  7. My house is minimalist and organize, it bothers me when its clutter everywhere. Thank goodness my husband likes neat place too. Or else it gonna be a lot of adjustment for me.

  8. I actually have a cousin who read the books, and went through her whole house using the method. A year later, and she regrets her choice. I don’t think it’s for everyone, and before someone decides they are going to do it, they need to really think about it.

    1. Interesting! I’m curious why she regretted it? Did she get rid of things that she regretted? I know I have thrown at least one thing out that I ended up looking for within a short amount of time. It really wasn’t something I used often though, but wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I tossed it, I needed it!

  9. I haven’t heard of this method, but I hope it works well for you. I definitely need to find some home organization method. Problem is that most of them recommend using boxes/baskets that you cannot see through. If I can’t see it – it’s out of sight – out of mind.

  10. Everybody knows how hard the struggles or a single moms are. It is very nice to know some help to lessen their struggles. This is one of those great thoughts.

  11. I’ve never read that book before but I have heard really good things about it!! I recently went through my entire house and cleaned it out. I have never felt so good about getting rid of things in my entire life!

  12. I have been hearing a lot about the KonMari method, but haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. I definitely need to since I’m looking for ways to get organized better.

  13. I’ve never heard of this Konmari method before but maybe I’ll look into this someday. Me decluttering the house sometimes end up with me finding something that will attract my attention until I forgot about what I was doing in the first place. ^^

  14. I’ve read about the KonMari method before, but never really tried it. But I do keep things organized here around the house. I’m more productive when the house is clutter free and organized.

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