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How To Un-KonMari Your Home

BY: cdorant | Dec 11, 2018

The recently popular home-organization guidebook, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, brought author Marie Kondo into thousands of homes in more than 30 countries. With the simple suggestion that everything in your home should bring you joy, rather than guilt or frustration, she’s helped many people edit their belongings and tidy their homes. This philosophy is now known as the “KonMari Method,” and it isn’t showing signs of stopping. But the truth is that a lot of us are sentimental, and letting go of things can be hard. Plus, some of us are just more comfortable living in a space that doesn’t look magazine-layout ready every day. Maybe You Like Things A Little Disorganized

  • Finding something you forgot you owned can feel a little bit like Christmas morning, especially if it’s your favorite jean jacket.
  • Keeping a messy-but-beautiful basket of blankets of various sizes and weights, especially if you live in a part of the country that sees winter, can help guests feel right at home–and warm.
Maybe You Like Storage & Organization Solutions
  • Baskets, bins, cases, drawers: some people love them all. Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than finding a container that fits your objects the exact right way.
  • And sometimes they look great, too! There’s something to be said for a beautiful box that secretly contains the chaos of your movie-ticket-stub collection. How else will you prove to your new friend that you saw all of the Harry Potter movies at midnight?
Not All Our Memories Are Happy All The Time
  • While it’s lovely to think that we can surround ourselves only with objects that trigger joy, sometimes important photos and mementos can cause a bit of stress or sadness. That’s okay! They’ve made you who you are today.   
  • Plus, sometimes styles come back around, so saving an item for a decade or two can earn you some serious vintage cred down the line. Think of it as an investment.
It’s Okay To Keep Books You're Not Currently Reading
  • You already love the four Vonnegut books you’ve read, so you bought a few at a used book store for later.
  • Or maybe you weren’t ready for Hamlet in high school, but you know you’ll appreciate all of your hand-written notes when you re-read it in a few years.
The point is: it's up to you! What's a thing you've had a hard time letting go of? Tell us in the comments!