One of the best ways to organize our lives is by organizing the space around us.
“One of the best ways to organize our lives is by organizing the space around us.” – Chantal Souaid MchantafTweet
Now that almost all of us are quarantined at home, we are seeing our house now, more than ever. We might be happy with what we see, or we might not be.
No matter how organized and tidy our house is, there are some fixes that we can always do to improve upon it.
For those of you who do not know me, I am Chantal Souaid Mchantaf, I am a trainer and blogger who specializes in productivity.
I launched #Chantals2020WeeklyChallenge this year as a means of motivating me and others to get goals done and to live a productive 2020 that we are all proud of.
The challenge was spiced up by the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, that is pushing us all to get out of our comfort zones and to live a better life, at home.
Every month, I am focusing on a theme, for the month of April, I will focus on getting ourselves organized, which I am sure we all could do with.
For week 11, we will organize our space using the KonMari method.
What is the KonMari Method?
KonMari Method goes back to the tidying technique developed by the Japanese organizing consultant, author, and TV show host Marie Kondo.
How to to declutter and Tidy up using the KonMari Method?
The methods asks that you gathering together all your belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only the items that “spark joy” .
She divides her organization into five main categories.
- Komone (Miscellaneous)
- Sentimental Items
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Here’s what we will do this week!
We will divide each categories into a day of the week. If you need more than a day, then you can customize your own plan.
- Monday Clothing
- Tuesday Books
- Wednesday Papers
- Thursday Komone – Miscellaneous
- Friday Komone – Miscellaneous
- Saturday Komone – Miscellaneous
- Sunday Sentimental Items
I will explain how the process will go, I will use clothes as an easy example. You can then use the same method for other categories.
Here’s how you can tidy up and declutter your clothes using the KonMari Method:
- You will put all the clothes that you own on your bed, get all the clothes that you own. Make sure everything you wear is on the bed.
- Realize how much clothes you own. Too much, I know!
- Take each piece of clothes at a time and look at it, ask yourself if it sparks joy.
- If it sparks joy, fold it and return it to the closet, if it doesn’t spark joy get rid of it.
- As you return them to your closet. Marie Kondo recommends folding clothes instead of hanging them. This might be troublesome if your closet doesn’t have drawers. You can just hang them or fold them in a practical way. Below is a video of Marie Kondo folding clothes using the KonMari method.
- For the piece that doesn’t spark joy, thank it for the pleasure it gave you, then donate it.
- Do the same until your bed is empty.
- Do not fret how much time it will take, and believe me, you will end up donating a lot of stuff.
- PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION NOT BASED ON KONMARI: In case you are struggling to keep some clothing items. I recommend that you keep them in a box near your closet. Plan to wear them this week, if you do not wear them this week, then you should donate them. Even if one of these items is an evening dress. Who said that you cannot wear it for the evening. Since we are talking about evenings, here are 11 at home date night ideas for you to do.
- Then the next day move to other items as KonMari divided them. At the end of the week, you should have a huge pile of “Does Not Spark Joy” items that you can donate to your community center.
Here are some things to keep in mind!
- Only keep things that spark joy
- If you received a gift and do not use it, do not worry about donating it. It served its purpose the moment you received it.
- You do not need more classroom notes, everything you want is now online.
- Make sure to give everything a place
- Tidy by category not location
- Be thankful for the things you own
“The true purpose of a present is to be received” – #MarieKondoTweet
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To learn more about previous challenges:
- WEEK 1 LET’S SHOW SOME RESPECT TO PEOPLE AROUND US
- WEEK 2 LET’S BE MORE GRATEFUL THIS WEEK
- WEEK 3 LET’S DONATE ONE THING A DAY THIS WEEK
- WEEK 4 LET’S PREPARE YOUR CLOTHES THE NIGHT BEFORE
- WEEK 5 LET’S PLAN OUR HEALTHY MEALS THIS WEEK
- WEEK 6 LET’S PREVENT SICKNESS THIS WEEK!
- WEEK 7 LET’S BE PRODUCTIVE AND SPEND OUR TIME WISELY
- WEEK 8 LET’S EXERCISE THIS WEEK?!
- WEEK 9 LET’S SET MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINES
- WEEK 10 LET’S USE A DAILY PLANNER THIS WEEK
- WEEK 11 LET’S DECLUTTER OUR HOUSE KONMARI STYLE THIS WEEK