Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Find - the KonMari Method

I've been doing some business travel recently (the reason for my extended absence from the blog; lots of work, not much quilting) and on a flight last week, I read this book:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. It is subtitled, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, but really focuses on decluttering.  If you are looking for organizing tricks and clever items that will allow you to cram more into your closets and cupboards, this is not your book. Instead, Marie Kondo's philosophy is to get rid of the stuff that does not give you joy.  

I found it a fast, easy read and at the end, I immediately wanted to tackle my clutter.  Unfortunately, I was in an aluminum tube somewhere in the air over the mid-West so the sorting had to wait until the weekend.  But I started last Saturday and sorted my current wardrobe (fall/winter clothing), with the aim of tackling my spring/summer clothing this weekend or next, depending on whether the forecast indicates it is safe to put my sweaters away for the season.  I have bags of stuff to take to the thrift shop and much more attractive looking and functional closets.  

The author's advice is to tackle decluttering by category, starting with clothing and ending with hobby items.  I'm sure I'll have plenty of quilting stuff to cull, but will cover office paper, books, and kitchen stuff first, so it will be awhile before I get to my sewing space.  

In the meantime, if your stuff has taken over, I recommend you sit down with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and adopt the KonMari method for yourself.


  1. You seem to be in the right mindset to tackle some of the clutter areas we all seem to have in our homes. Keep us posted!

  2. Thanks for the recommendation. That sounds like a marvelous book. I hope you can find some sewing time soon, Cathy.

  3. Sounds just like the book both my daughter and I need! I have bought my copy, can't wait for it to arrive now! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  4. Does the book offer any different or new ideas on decluttering that we haven't read before?

    I, too, have been going through closets, cabinets and drawers, and taking a hard look at the 'stuff.' Keep, toss or give to a nonprofit.

    So far the results have been wonderful. No need to buy more storage containers!


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