I’m seeing a disturbing trend in my Facebook group. People are watching Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show and they’re feeling overwhelmed and defeated before they even start decluttering.
And that breaks my heart!
Decluttering should be a freeing, positive experience; not one that ends up leaving you struggling for perfection and burned out.
In this video, I share 4 reasons the Konmari method doesn’t work for so many people and what you can do instead.
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Posted by Decluttering Club on Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Why Konmari doesn’t work for everyone
1. So much folding!
Most of my readers don’t want to spend the time folding their laundry perfectly. It’s just not that important to them and that’s ok.
It’s hard enough to get laundry put away without adding extra requirements to the job!
I’ve taught my kids to fold their laundry (evidence below!) but they mostly choose to do a “less exact” version. That’s fine with me as long as their clothes are clean.
2. Too much at once!
If I encouraged my students to dump out all their clothes into a giant pile, they’d likely end up wanting to shut the door and quit decluttering for good. That’s way too large of a focus.
It’s much easier to declutter in short spurts, doing 1 micro-target at time to gain some momentum.
3. It doesn’t all spark joy!
I realize Marie makes exceptions for things that don’t spark joy that you still want to keep but that is still the focus, no?
There are a million other ways to decide whether to keep or declutter something. This question doesn’t work well for me or many of my students.
4. You’ll have to declutter again. I promise you.
Was it just me or did she say you’ll never have to declutter again? I don’t agree with this.
Our house with 4 kids is a revolving door for clutter.
Plus, our tastes change. Much of what we love today will eventually wear out or otherwise be outgrown.
You can absolutely declutter your house but life happens and it’ll need more decluttering attention in the future.
You can declutter in a way that works best for you.
If the Konmari method works for you, that’s fabulous! But if it doesn’t, I want you to realize that you’re not a failure.
Want a more gentle approach to decluttering?
We’re running a free training series and challenge starting Sunday, January 13. It’s called New Year, Clutter Clear.
- The hidden motivation for decluttering that’s right in front of your face. I promise – it works every time.
- The easiest 3 things to declutter for everyone. Let’s start with the easy stuff, eh?
- Top 3 pitfalls so your motivation doesn’t dissolve overnight like your neighbor’s resolution to go to the gym every day
- Get a whole lot of clutter OUT of your house in less time than you’d think possible