How to organize your life in one day with the KonMari organization method

How to Organize your Life in one day with the KonMari method
How to Orga­nize your Life in one day with the Kon­Mari method

How I start­ed my path to a sim­pler life

It was the mid­dle of 2017, and I was just ready to move to a new place. After flat-shar­ing for a year, I was look­ing for­ward to get­ting my own space.

I took a hard look at my stuff and real­ized that it would be a good time to get rid of some of it. There were way too many unused clothes and books which would just gath­er dust in the new place.

I had recent­ly heard of a tidy­ing up tech­nique called the Kon­Mari Method. How it works is that you go through your stuff, cat­e­go­ry by cat­e­go­ry, and get rid of that which “does­n’t give you joy”. Well, that’s a bit meta­phys­i­cal for me, so I pre­fer to think “Have I used this stuff in the last year?”

Everything must go

From clut­ter to clar­i­ty

So I decid­ed to give the method a try. I gath­ered all my cloth­ing and piled it all up on top of my bed. The hor­ror! I’ll spare you the pic­tures lest you require psy­cho­log­i­cal care after­ward.

Over­com­ing my sud­den need to burn it all, I got start­ed. One by one, I put my old clothes in a bag. After a few hours, I was done. All in all, I had col­lect­ed 3 bags worth of cloth­ing to give away. Quite a bit!

I con­tin­ued with my books and I was able to fill two extra bags. In the end, I donat­ed it all to char­i­ty.

Dur­ing all of this process of dis­card­ing, I had been feel­ing a lit­tle appre­hen­sive. After all, I was get­ting rid of my stuff! No mat­ter how lit­tle I used it nowa­days, I still had some small emo­tion­al attach­ment to it.

Once I gave it all away how­ev­er, I felt as if a weight had been lift­ed from my shoul­ders. I had so much space! Every­thing was so tidy. And all it took was a lit­tle effort, a lit­tle time and just a short walk out­side of my com­fort zone.

Since that big tidy­ing up, I have felt less and less the need to buy stuff. I sim­ply don’t feel the need to buy new clothes, oth­er than the essen­tial. As for books, I read them on my Kin­dle.

(If you want to apply the Kon­Mari method, I rec­om­mend you get the offi­cial book, or, if you are more a visu­al per­son, get the man­ga instead)

The vicious circle of more

The more you have, the more you want

In his inter­est­ing arti­cle, “Using the Diderot effect to your advan­tage”, Jason talks about how if you have expen­sive stuff, you will want to buy more stuff that com­ple­ments it. In sum­ma­ry, the more you have, the more you want. Sat­is­fy­ing one urge just makes us aware of anoth­er. And so it goes on.

As an exam­ple, if you have an expen­sive suit, you’ll start want­i­ng to buy shirts and ties. You’ll start see­ing your every­day objects with dif­fer­ent eyes. Is that sim­ple chair fit­ting to some­one who wears a suit? And if you buy a new chair, then, of course, you have to buy a table that goes with it too. What if you buy a spa­cious house? Then you feel like you need to fill the emp­ty space. It just nev­er ends.

So what’s the alter­na­tive? If get­ting more stuff makes us want more stuff, then it stands to rea­son that hav­ing less will make us want less. If you spend less on things, you can afford to work less. With extra time, you can pur­sue your life goals and your inter­ests.

The less we have, the less we want, but also the more we save and the more time we have for the things that mat­ter to us.

There’s such a thing as too little

How lit­tle is too lit­tle?

Should we all give up our pos­ses­sions and live like Bud­dhist monks? Should we sur­vive on the bare min­i­mum? That’s not the answer either, that is unless you’re Mark Boyle.

Min­i­mal­ism is find­ing things that you val­ue, focus­ing on those and elim­i­nat­ing the rest.” — Cather­ine Agop­can, The Do Some­thing Project

Cather­ine is talk­ing about min­i­mal­ism, but we can also apply this approach to sim­pli­fy­ing our lives. It’s a per­son­al phi­los­o­phy. Indeed, no one can tell you how to do it because it relies on what you con­sid­er impor­tant.

It can be a bit scary to even con­sid­er get­ting rid of your stuff, but the prospect of more time, more mon­ey and less con­sump­tion makes it worth it.

Have you sim­pli­fied your life using the Kon­Mari method or anoth­er tech­nique? How did it go?

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