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Have you Kondo your Home?
29 January 2019 - 19:30, by , in House To House, Comments off

Have you Kondo your Home?

 

Have you or someone you know been purging their belongings recently? If you’ve recently visited a thrift store or antique shop you may find that your selections have been more plentiful than in the recent past. You can thank Marie Kondo for this craze.

Author of, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, and the host of the new Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, Marie Kondo is the leader of the new modern-day spring cleaning craze. In her Netflix series, Kondo encourages viewers to purge “anything that doesn’t bring you joy.” Many have found that by following Kondo’s methods they tend to live a more organized and positive lifestyle.

How much can tidying up truly change your day-to-day happiness? Some would say it’s vital to a healthier, happier lifestyle. I’ll be honest, I’ve ducked and dodged the Kondo craze due to my sentimental value I place on belongings. I’m one who always asks the question: “When am I going to miss this? I know this will come in handy later” or my favorite state of mind when it comes to clothes: “I’m going to work out so I can fit in this shirt that hasn’t fit in two years.” Sound familiar? I know many friends who are purging their lives by the trash bags and are thrilled with all the extra room they have acquired in their homes and offices.  They have told me how at peace they feel in their homes now that there isn’t excessive junk.

This method promotes not just simple cleaning by removing items from sight but reorganizing your life to where you know exactly what you have and where it is.

The basic concepts:

  • Make the entire house tidy versus one area
  • Organize by items, not location (such as books, etc.)
  • Bring those items into their category and remove what you don’t need from each category
  • Keep objects that “spark joy”

 

The ability to know and locate the items that you own immediately prompts less stress, as studies show that clean areas can help relieve anxiety.

Completing the task of reorganizing your house also promotes positive mental health and self-worth. Cleaning your house or office space can be a daunting task, however, the feeling of completion can have the same emotional effect as a vacation or a good meal. This is due to the correlation of completing a task and feeling productive.

On the flipside, the KonMari method is challenging and requires focus, time, and energy to complete to its fullest. This task may be difficult to complete, and failing tasks can be hard on our psychological wellbeing.

So, is the KonMari method for you? First, you must set a goal for what you’d like to achieve and be sure that the goal is attainable. You, unfortunately, are not on Netflix and do not have a Marie Kondo in your home cleaning for you. By setting realistic goals you are more likely to be successful and pleased with the result. This is your area, after all, you determine to what extent you purge your belongings. And when it finally comes time to part with that sentimental item from five years ago, let it go. The physical and emotional benefits can be invaluable.

About author:
Born and raised in Arkansas, Cam Kuhn is a communication and social media guru. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with his degree in Public Relations and Communications. He currently serves as the Director of Communications for Arkansas REALTORS® Association. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, coaching dance and consuming as much cold brew as one human can.

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