I’ve shared with you my 10 tips for decluttering which has helped me to start to declutter my home. However, I do this in fits and starts never yet fully completing it. But recently I’ve been reading the buzz around Japanese declutter guru Marie Kondo and whether my belongs spark joy.

Items in my Chic and Creative Home Office

Marie is a professional cleaning consultant who founded the KonMari method. She believes that the key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things that spark joy and to do it all at once – and quickly. She promises you’ll feel more in control once you’ve decluttered her way.

In her first book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever she introduces the basics and helps you to decide what to throw away. Her second book, and most recent book,  Spark Joy: An illustrated guide to the Japanese art of tidying provides the insight into what things to keep which spark joy, and also how to fold and store items.

The essence of the KonMari method is to sort by category and not location, then to ask yourself ‘does the item spark joy?’. This is meant to make the decluttering process less stressful and more productive. She also teaches how to remove the emotional attachment we have to ‘things’ which is designed to then make it easier to throw out your clutter.

She advocates an order to follow (see below) and to only think about the items that you want to keep.

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Documents
  4. Miscellaneous
  5. Mementos 

Having recently started to declutter again, as I didn’t finish it the first time, I’m looking forward to trying out the KonMari method and to finally feel free of clutter.

I’ll be letting you know how I get on in a future post.


Have you tried the KonMari method? Have you any tips? Or are you going to join me in decluttering the KonMari way?


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