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The Kendo Method of Achieving Organizing Bliss
Marie Kendo is a 30-something Japanese organizing genius whose book,
Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,
has created a decluttering craze across the globe.
Her two-step approach to organizing is basic but radical.
First, lay hands on everything you own and ask "does it spark joy." If the answer is no, thank it for its service and then off to Good Will. Second, put every one of your joy-giving belongings in a place where they are visible, accessible and easy to reach. How to achieve that organizing goal is the substances of her book.
If this sounds too simplistic to actually work, keep in mind that many thousands of people have now tried Kondo's method, and have found decluttering nirvana, including Cate La Farge Summers, editor of the influential One Kings Lane
blog who writes:
"[A]s a working mother I can barely keep up with the demands of daily life (laundry! groceries! deadlines!). But once I read Kondo’s book, I got totally sucked in. It turns out, tidying really may be the way to bliss."
Here are the steps to a decluttered life.
1. Organize by Categories, Not by Rooms
The tradition appraoch to organizing is room by room: the bedrooms, the baths, then kitchen, etc. Kendo says organize by category — all of your clothing, for example, no matter where it is located in the house, then all of your books, and so on. This way items do not pushed from room to room. Kendo suggests starting with clothing, which are the least emotionally charged of the things you own. Old photographs, one of the most emotionally charged categories should be near the last.
2. Treat Your Belonging With Respect
Kondo suggests that you think about your clothing’s feelings: Are your sweaters happy being squashed in a drawer or your jackets crushed on their hangers? Do socks really like being balled up?
3. Nostalgia is Your Enemy
Decluttering is going to bring to light lots of stuff you forgot you owned, old books you never got around to rreading, photos and mementoes of all kinds tucked away in odd places. All of these things will tempt you to a little nostalgia and day-dreaming. Resist, or you'll never get done.