By now the odds are you’ve heard something about her royal organizing highness, Marie Kondo (creator of the KonMari Method and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up). She’s the woman notorious for telling those wanting to change their hoarding ways to ask the simple question of each object in their home: does this spark joy? More precisely, she says you must physically hold each and every object in your hands while pondering this question. I’m not here to bash guru Kondo, but to offer some alternative approaches to decluttering for those who the “spark joy” method just isn’t vibing with. Just like we don’t all lose weight the same way, we can’t expect to declutter our lives the same way. So let’s high five folks who have used KonMari Method successfully, and be on our merry way.
Here are 2 alternative strategies to the KonMari Method:
The Numbers & Need Method (A.K.A. the NumNee Method)
This is one of our founder’s (hey Beth, hey girl!) favorite games to play: How Many of Each Object in Your House Do You Have? For example, sets of sheets: what’s the ratio of beds to sheets in your house? Is it more than 1:2? If so, are you running a hotel where you’re changing sheets e’ry day? If not, why the high number? Seriously, why are you storing so many sets? You can only have one set on your one bed at once, and maybe you keep an extra set for when you’re washing the other, but really, how many extra do you NEED? This method can apply to most things (like glassware, pillows, shampoo bottles, pens).
The Functionality Method (A.K.A. the Functy Method)
I spoke about this before regarding coffee mugs. Sometimes we keep things although we avoid using them because their design is not suitable for our needs. I inherited an antique Kelly Bag from my great aunt. It’s gorgeous and in excellent condition but after one trip out to brunch with a friend, I haven’t used it since. Why? Because I hate having to carry it by it’s small handle. I want my hands free to open doors, carry groceries and hold my coffee while texting. I’ve got priorities, people. The Kelly Bag was not made for my active-hand lifestyle. It’s not functional, neither is my eco-friend glass water bottle (that weighs down my bag regardless if it’s filled with water or not), nor my baby blue nail polish (that chips regardless of my top coat, after two days).
Give the NumNee and Functy Methods a shot, and tell me if they pass the test, if not, maybe it’s time to go back to meditating with your objects.