Have you seen the new Tidying with Marie Kondo series of Netflix? Well if you haven’t seen it, I’m sure you’ve heard about it through social media and breaks at the water cooler. Marie Kondo’s magic is back with a bang and folks around the world are thrilled to jump on the bandwagon.
But the Konmari Method doesn’t work for everyone.
In fact, you might be one of the hundreds of people who desperately want to declutter and get organized, but the concept of “sparking joy” just doesn’t do it for you. That’s okay.
Here’s what to do when you get stuck!
- Find a Friend. A key element in any goal-setting situation is accountability. Some of us are great at holding ourselves accountable. We can start (and KEEP) those New Year’s resolutions through the fall. Some of us can only keep those for a few weeks. An external accountability source can remind you of your goals and refocus your vision when you get down in the weeds. Marie provides accountability to her clients by promising to COME BACK to check on their progress. Find a friend to check-in on your decluttering journey or to sit with you as you comb through belongings.
- Start Small. The idea of gathering all the items of a particular category into one central location is GREAT if you plan on tackling the pile ASAP. But if you’re struggling with time, energy, or attention constraints, piling ALL your clothing on your bed will simply overwhelm you. Instead, start small. Begin with just ONE closet or even ONE drawer. Reduce where you can, and begin to exercise those decluttering and organizing muscles. Progress over perfection is key; slow and steady wins the race.
- Grab a Timer. When distraction is the ultimate enemy, support your decluttering efforts with the use of a timer. Even a two-minute tidying session is better than continuing to walk by the unhung pile of jackets or unsorted stacks of mail. We encourage all of our clients to have a nightly routine where they close down their homes: walking through each room looking for items that belong elsewhere, and then returning those items to their rightful homes. If you’re finding items that have no place to go for the night, store them in a laundry basket to tackle for the next day. The items that have ultimately no home don’t belong in your home to begin with. Items that should have a home, but the space where it belongs is too limited, indicates imposters. Evict the old, rarely used items that are taking up precious space. Use your timer to help you stay on-task while you make these decisions about “who” needs to move out!
- Set Limits Going Forward. Just because you don’t have the energy or motivation to declutter your current space, doesn’t mean that you can’t start making changes going forward. If you know that you’ve got a lot of Christmas decorations (like in episode 2 of Marie’s show), set a moratorium on holiday décor purchases. If you’re in the habit of keeping the plastic shopping bags or take-out containers “just in case,” determine to stop keeping them until you can set aside time to declutter the stash you’ve already got.
Finding joy in your home is possible!