The art of tidying

Previously we talked a lot about living life with fewer things. But we did not dive into how to actually accomplish this. For some people this comes naturally, for others it takes a lot of practice and guidance.

If you are not sure where to start, I highly recommend that you look into the awesome work of Marie Kondo and her KonMari method. It is an easy and effective method for keeping your house tidy.

Important to note though is that this method does not equal to minimalism (which at first glance it could easily be mistaken for). Instead, the KonMari method is encouraging living with items you truly cherish. Items that bring you joy.

“The goal of tidying is to make room for meaningful objects, people and experiences. I can think of no greater happiness in life than being surrounded only by the things I love.”

Marie Kondo

One of the major key aspects of the KonMari method is that before you begin you need to take a moment and deeply thing about what your ideal life should be like.

Tidying is a powerful tool, but it’s not the destination. The true goal of tidying is to clear away clutter so you can live the life you want

Marie Kondo

When have set your vision and are ready to begin, you will divide your tidying into five categories, starting with the easiest one. The five categories are clothes, books, papers, komono (Miscellaneous items), and finally sentimental items.

The KonMari method is pretty much an all-in effort. When you start with clothes category, gather all your clothes and put them in a pile. Then focus on the clothes that bring you joy and keep those. Focus on what you want to keep. If it does not bring any joy, discard it and thank it with gratitude.

When you are done with the first category, continue with the next one.

This is of course only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the KonMari method. I encourage you to start to practice it as it truly is a great way to live a lean life filled with only things that give you meaning and joy.

You can read more about the KonMari method at her website at

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