How to Declutter If You're not Marie Kondo Written by Pam Holland
Many people embraced the KonMari method and found ease and joy in their newly KonMari-ed homes. That’s terrific!
But what if you are not one of them?
As you probably noticed, decluttering and organizing got a lot of press after Marie Kondo published The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Many people embraced the KonMari method and found ease and joy in their newly KonMari-ed homes. That’s terrific!
But what if you are not one of them? The truth is, the KonMari method (despite Ms. Kondo’s claims) is not the best fit for everyone. It requires huge chunks of time and concentration, not to mention quick decision-making, all in the name of ruthless purging. If it sounds stressful to you, you’re not alone – nor is there something “wrong” with you!
Many of our clients are best suited by the drip method of decluttering: a little at a time.
Decluttering a little at a time
Decluttering is sacred work. It asks that you examine memories, feelings, and values in a way that can be tiring. It’s physical work, but it’s also mental and emotional work. We find that breaking the process into manageable steps, and working through clutter slowly, carefully, and mindfully is just as – if not more! – effective an approach as the KonMari method. We love Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s book Your Spacious Self* for her emphasis on the “drip” method.
Rest assured that though you may find the decision making process tiring, it’s also liberating. There’s nothing like the feelings of relief and freedom that come from letting things go. As you release what no longer serves you, you create room (literally and figuratively) for new energy to flourish. That part of the process is exciting and energizing. You might find yourself feeling inspired and motivated to do even more decluttering or other personal projects. Decluttering and organizing is a form of self-care. And self-care often begets more self-care!
Gently changing habits
A key part of our work with clients is discussing habits and routines. You may have lived in your home for years and formed habits that do not support a decluttered and organized space. That’s okay – we all start somewhere, and it’s never too late to make positive changes.
Even if you do one big purge the way Ms. Kondo suggests,...
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