The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering & Organizing your Home {the KonMari way}

Turns out the real magic to tidying up doesn’t come from clever storage ideas or organizing tricks, it all starts with the act of decluttering.

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.

Follow along as we share our journey to declutter … who knows, maybe it will even inspire you to start one of your own too!

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 


There’s no denying that I had BIG expectations of this journey to sparking joy. I didn’t just want the promises of a simpler life to be true, I needed them to be!

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 

When I started this journey, I explained the feelings of stress & anxiety that I felt in trying to keep a perfectly tidy home.

Maybe it’s a bit unrealistic to expect the entire house to be neat and clean at all times … that’s what everyone tells me. And, let’s face it, it’s utterly exhausting keeping a perfect house with everything in it’s place with a three year old son blowing his way through each room like a tornado and a husband that isn’t as crazy about clean as I am. I was starting to face the fact that a perfectly neat and tidy house wasn’t just unrealistic, it was darn near impossible with real life happening within it.

Truly, I’ve spent my entire life hearing about how silly those expectations are. I remember hearing often about how crazy my Mom was for choosing to keep her house SO clean and tidy. Apparently everyone didn’t live that way.

And then I grew up, bought my own house and that talk shifted to me. People have been telling me that I was a bit over the top with my need to keep things neat and tidy for years. They’ve led me to believe that it’s just not normal and even that there is something wrong with me – that because everybody didn’t feel this way, this strongly about keeping things clean and in their place, that I was wrong to.

So, over the years, I’ve worked hard to change my expectations of my family – and, honestly of myself too. I’v tried my best to change who I was and talk myself out of the anxiety that any little mess might give me. And, to some extent, I have. I’d like to think that my family feels less pressure to keep a perfect house for my benefit.

But, honestly, I’d have to say that not so deep down, no matter how much I try to talk myself out of it, that stress and anxiety to keep everything perfect is still there. I may have alleviated the pressure on my family (at least a bit!), but my own stress to keep everything perfect was totally through the roof. Mostly, I think I’d just shifted some of the burden of that perfectly neat and tidy house from those around me to myself.

Then came this book …

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 

And I swear, I felt as if it had been written just for me!

I’ve always believed in the power of a clean and tidy space. Not to fix everything that’s wrong in my life on any given day necessarily. I just can’t help but feel grounded and safe in my own, tidy space.

Turns out Marie Kondo and I are two peas in a pod. Except that she’s found a way to make keeping things neat & tidy easier. Less exhausting let’s say.

A little work now to create a more peaceful life for years to come…

How could I resist?

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 

I quickly got to work. In fact, I’ve spent the last eight weeks working my way through my home and, with the help of this brilliant book, my home is now filled only with those things that truly spark joy.

Now, typically getting rid of things can be quite difficult – I might need it, I might miss it, you know the drill. Thankfully, Kondo’s black and white approach to it all made the process so much easier! Holding each and every item I own in my hands, asking myself whether keeping it would bring me joy, and then making the choice to either keep it or let it go – who knew decluttering could be so simple?

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 

How to Declutter your Home in just eight weeks:


 
 

Did I make my way through every inch of my home? No. But, I did make incredible progress. I carted no less than 25 GIANT bags of clutter out of our home and, subsequently, out of our lives. And I’m not done yet!

I have to tell you, ridding our lives of clutter has been so freeing, so empowering. I had no idea all of this extra stuff in our lives had been weighing us down so much. I honestly can’t believe the difference it’s made to our lives! Imagine waking up in a cozy, tidy bedroom, getting dressed in a closet that is filled only with things that you love, preparing breakfast in a kitchen with clear countertops that aren’t cluttered and overloaded with things you never use.

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 

Now, imagine your entire life this way.

Lighter, simpler, tidier, less hurried, less stressful. Happier.

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 

I’m definitely a believer and I hope that through my journey I’ve shown you why you should be too!

What are you waiting for? Go grab your copy now and spark some joy in your own life.
 

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.
 
 

 
Did you miss something? Catch my entire journey to {sparking joy} below:


 

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
 

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12 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering & Organizing your Home {the KonMari way}

  1. Having less things doesn’t necessarily make me happier, I’m quite at a happy point when I have things around me that I love. My problem is, well, I love too many things for it to be reasonable to be surrounded by them all, ha!
    I love to hear the number rundown on these kinds of things as well – most people wouldn’t dream that they even really *have* 25 bags of stuff “extra” in their home, but so many times it can add up much quicker than one would think! I have two normal-sized garbage bags waiting for a Goodwill trip out of my mostly just my closet, and I haven’t even went through the whole thing yet. And we moved 7 months ago (which means I brought a lot of stuff with me that I didn’t need to!)!

    1. Well, that’s a great start Jessica! I totally agree – I don’t think it’s necessarily about having “less”, just making sure that what you do have around you {sparks joy}. I couldn’t believe how all of that extra stuff had been weighing me down – I feel so much lighter now that I’m surrounded only by things that make me happy! Thanks so much Jessica!

  2. I follow your lovely feed on instagram and came to this post when you mentioned it.
    I too feel “safer” and have “less anxiety” when everything is in it’s place. I’ve slowly been tidying up (about 7 bags full) but have done it slowly. Too slowly! LOL Your post gives me the inspiration to do it quicker! I’m sorry you have felt you weren’t “normal” with your natural born tendencies to have less clutter around you. I always tell people “clutter in my house, clutters my brain” and it really does. Only those that it affects can understand that.
    OK..one question…WHERE did you find that adorable clear hobnail footed bowl? I want one!
    Peace!

    1. Thank you SO, SO much for your sweet words Roselle! I couldn’t agree more about your take on clutter – being surrounded by a mess (even a small one) really weighs on me. It really helps to hear that I’m not as alone in this as I’ve always felt.

      That lovely little bowl was a $3 IKEA find, I picked it up in the candle section just a few months ago, so you should have no problem finding one still – in fact, here’s a link: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60214282/.

      Thanks again Roselle!!!

  3. I need this! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for coming to our party and sharing such an amazing ideas! I hope to see you next Monday @7 because we love to party with you! Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Scathingly brilliant idea: don’t hang onto the book but do a giveaway after you are all done with it.

    Hee hee.

    Finch Rest < remember that winner's name

    JK. I think it's brilliant and I am excited and happy for you…and proud of you, too. Not in a condecending way but in a motherly way. You go girl! I need to buy that book now! : – )

    1. Hahaha! The funniest part is that I DID give it away (though just to my Mum)!

      Thanks so much Michelle! It really has simplified our lives immensely! You’re going to LOVE it!

  5. Loved this post…Thank you! I love to organize and enjoyed this approach…Does this bring me joy? Keeps me focused and makes everything in my house beautiful. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Hilary! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it! It’s been an incredible help as I work my way through the house, to ask myself if each and every thing I choose to keep really sparks joy in me – definitely makes you think about things a bit differently.

  6. I have heard of this before. I think that its a very interesting idea, because truthfully every item in your home should be something you take joy from. I’ve never read this book, but I do try to keep possessions to a minimum, especially in décor. I am not one for knick knacks. Everything has a purpose.

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