Does the KonMari Method Spark Joy?

Family and  friends all over the world have bombarded me with links to videos and local newspaper articles about the cute and funny Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo. She has clearly triggered a worldwide decluttering frenzy since her Netflix show aired. The question “Does it spark joy?” is her mantra and ‘organizing by category’ is the only way to tackle the job. If it works for you, lucky you. Enjoy your new space and newly found freedom.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for everyone.

Have you read her book and tried many times to get organized but none of your attempts worked. Do you feel like a failure and stupid because you can’t even get rid of stuff with this simple technique that everybody loves. If this is you, please read on. You are not to blame!

There is not just one way to get your home in order.

I will repeat this because it is contrary to what most people think.

There is not just one way to get your home in order.

The reality is that all people are different. You have your own strengths, weaknesses, habits, values, preferred learning style, cultural background, upbringing, brain-wiring, etc. On top of that your idea of an organized space (colorful, warm, creative), can be very different from someone else’s favorite style (minimalist).

To create a smooth running household it is essential to find a system that takes your personality traits, lifestyle and daily habits into account.

My clients and I work together as a team. I usually give guidance on where to get started and how to proceed and while we work the client talks and I listen. I hear what works well, what is frustrating (when she sighs) and ask questions that help her move forward. I observe body language and take note of habits that bring back the clutter.

We each use our individual strengths – me as an organizer, listener and supporter and the client as expert of her own feelings and needs – and together find creative solutions that provide long lasting results.

The KonMari method is not a personalized plan.

The TV show ends with great results for the home-owners, but I am convinced that if the camera crew turns up after 2 months, in many cases the clutter has moved back into the home. It seems like there is no personalized skill-transference, and no habit building. That is the simple explanation why the KonMari method is not for everyone. Some people need a bit more support than that.

There is a lot that needs to be considered if you want to create a low maintenance environment. And even if you have great self-knowledge you might still procrastinate on getting started due to various reasons (which I will explain in one of my future blogs). Getting organized is not something you learn in school and it is normal not to know where to get started and how to finish the job if you have never done such a big project before.

If the KonMari one way  is not your way it will never work for you. Not now, and not in the future. This is not your fault.

You are unique, and so is your organizing style. Work with your style and you will conquer the clutter.

If you are truly stuck, ask for help. There are skilled, trained and dedicated Professional Organizers out there who chose their profession because they love organizing and working with people like you.

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Allow us in, and thank yourself later for taking the right steps towards a more fulfilling life.