With the KonMari Method decluttering your home is made simpler. Marie Kondo, a home organization consultant has put together her world-famous decluttering and organising method which helps many homes tidy and declutter their belongings to live a life full of joy. Here is her 7-day plan on decluttering your whole home and try it out. The KonMari Method can be used together with The SLT Organising Method™ that I have put together for you.
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The Marie Kondo decluttering and organising method works in 2 ways: The first is decluttering by category (not the conventional “room” approach. This makes it easier as you focus all of your energy on the same category throughout your home without jumping backwards and forwards.
In her method, Marie Kondo has a specific order of categories she declutters starting from clothing and moving onto books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items.
The basis of the KonMari Method is to keep only those things that speak to the heart and discard items that no longer spark joy. She suggests taking each item and asking yourself whether the item bring joy to your life?” If the answer is no, then you either donate it or throw it away.
Marie Kondo always suggests starting with clothes. And the trick here is to go around your whole home and find ALL of your clothing items. This should include seasonal clothing. Bring it all out into one big pile on the floor and go through each item one by one. Hold it up against you as you look into a mirror and ask yourself: (1) does this bring you joy? (2) do you fit into this? (3) will you wear this out right now?
If you are no longer keeping the item (and it is still in good condition), it goes into the “Donate” pile. We can donate clothing, shoes and bags that no longer bring you joy. Anything you do keep needs to be folded using the Marie Kondo file fold method.
Create a drop station in your entryway for all your daily essentials – this acts as a catch-all for the majority of things that come inside your home. You can go through each item at the end of the day replacing them to their rightful home. The Entryway is one of my favourite areas of the home as it acts as the hub that prepares you for the day ahead and helps you bring the day to an end too.
Declutter your desk and office space of old papers and books. Keeping on top of all of your paperwork and files is important as you need a good system in place to be able to find and file all of your documents. Wasting time looking for something will only slow you down. And as busy mums, we do not have time to be frantically looking for those all-important medical records, insurance papers or even taxes. Here is a helpful post on storage tips for your paperwork.
Your living space is there as a place to relax. It is your zone for switching off (whenever that is actually possible of course) from your busy hectic lives. So what’s more important than to have a space that you can bear to look at let alone relax in. When you come home you want to be greeted with a calm and organised room, not chaos and more stress.
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Clear and sort through the shelves in your living and dining room of all the things you rarely use. Your home should only contain things you use on a daily basis that has a purpose in your life. Otherwise, it’s just clutter. Everything should have its own place so that you are able to put it back after using it or at the end of the day.
PRO TIP: I like to have a basket I walk around my home with to collect any stray items that need to be put back. This helps keep the organisation and also a great way for family members to know where things go.
Go through your bathroom essentials throwing away expired items and those items that no longer suit your skin or that you don’t use. Remember each of your beauty products has an expiry date and these should be followed.
If you need any inspiration for bathroom organisers & essentials then check out these handy options from Amazon!
Fold all the items in your linen closet. This has to be the most calm space in your home as it contains bedding and towels which you use for cleansing, sleeping and all the other calming and self-care routines in your life.
Edit and organise your kitchen cabinets and fridge. This is the fun part. Creating an organised and functional fridge/ freezer/ pantry – and of course, your cupboards will help set up your day productively. I don’t know about you but we spend the majority of our day in the kitchen. We love to cook and we love all of our cooking utensils, food and items to be organised as cooking is made much more enjoyable this way. For tips on organising your kitchen be sure to sign up for my blog updates as I have some great content coming soon.
Check out the SLT Cleaning Method for more tips on cleaning and organising your home with me. I have created a simple to follow and use routine and schedule that you can implement into your life. If you “Start Here” I have laid out all of the steps you need to take to implement this schedule into your life. And I have even created printable monthly Home Calendars for you to incorporate into your planners.
Which room will you be decluttering first?
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