What to do if You're Just Starting Out with Marie Kondo
Okay, so you’ve watched the Netflix series by Marie Kondo.
You’ve bought her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and maybe even her “Spark Joy” (the second volume that further explains the decluttering process).
You’re inspired, intrigued and motivated.
You’ve started using Japanese terms like komono and tokimeku to describe the process.
You are interested in living a happier, more decluttered life in a place with things that spark joy with you.
This is great, but one thing that isn’t mentioned is a very important step in the process.
Where do you begin?
It’s one thing to understand the process and order of things with Marie Kondo, but how do you like, actually get started?
It’s pretty simple actually - you just start with one item, one step at a time.
The KonMari method is very simple in its concept, but it can be overwhelming if you expand the scope too wide too quickly.
For example, when we first started out, I was dreading the papers section. We had something like three years of papers, receipts, invoices and records from both personal and business accounts stacked up in eight large rubbermaid containers. Shameful and overwhelming to the both of us, it was like this dark stormcloud on the horizon that we were dreading.
It was so bad that we found ourselves stuck on repeat with clothing and books simply because subconsciously we didn’t want to get to the part about papers.
Don’t do what we did. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Just focus on the task at hand.
All of us have an area of clutter or disarray in our lives that we’re dreading. I mean, if your home wasn’t that bad, you wouldn’t be interested in Marie Kondo or her method, right?
Just know that it will get easier with time. And you’re going to feel so excited once you get through the first section that you’re going to want to keep going - it’s almost addictive in a sense.
I know this sounds like crazy talk - how can someone be addicted to tidying? But it will all make sense once you get some momentum going.
Start with your first step - your clothes - touch your hand to that sweater and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?”
And carry forward.