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Why I’m Using The KonMari Method To Prepare For My Move

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have likely heard of the iconic book, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

It is all about decluttering your home using a special process, the KonMari method, to rid it of items that you don’t truly need and love, only keeping those things that, in Marie Kondo’s words, “spark joy.”

Now, I will preface this post by saying that this is neither a book review nor a how-to guide on how to complete the KonMari method. The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up was published nearly four years ago in late 2014. It has sold millions of copies and has been wildly popular ever since. The book has generated thousands of reviews, articles, blog posts, and YouTube videos from people who have completed the process.

The Internet does not need another review. However, if you aren’t familiar with it and would like a synopsis of the book, read here for a good summary.

Instead of writing another review, I decided that it would make more sense to take you along with me on my process of using the KonMari method to prepare for my move. I plan to share with you through a series of blog posts over the next several months. So, even if you are not familiar with the book, you’ll learn more about it through my posts. First, let me share a few reasons why I have decided to use this method.

Why Am I Using The KonMari Method?
  • A friend suggested it – The truth is that this book was not on my radar. I had listened to (most of) the audiobook years ago, but never implemented the method in my own life. When I recently shared that I was getting ready to move, a friend suggested that I try it. At the time this post is being written, I am moving in less than two months! Needless to say, I don’t have time to mess around! I need to prepare right away, and in the most efficient way possible.
  • I have too much stuff – This move will be a downsize from a two bedroom to a one bedroom apartment. All of my current items will not fit into a smaller space. Here are a few shots of my current apartment (please forgive the poor lighting). On the surface, it doesn’t look too cluttered, right? Sure, I have a lot of furniture and decorative items. But, what you can’t see are all of the items hidden inside the drawers, bins, cabinets, and closets (just you wait…I’ll be sharing it all with you, category by category!).
Decluttering for a move using the KonMari method: the master bedroom
My bedroom. Yes, I am a grown woman with stuffed animals. Don’t judge me! And, yes, that is a copy of ProBlogger on my bed! All you bloggers out there will appreciate that!
Decluttering for a move using the KonMari method - the master bedroom
Another view of the master bedroom showing more furniture. Lots of stuff in those drawers!
Decluttering for a move using the KonMari method - the home office
My home office, the most cluttered space in my home. Notice I have two desks and two filing cabinets! This is going to be a lot of work!
Decluttering for a move using the KonMari method - a storage unit
…and what home wouldn’t be complete without an IKEA storage unit. Yes. Full of books that I have never read! And, I am keeping my plants!
  • I like the idea of decluttering by category, not by location – That was my plan. To go room by room, purging each space of things I don’t need. But, as Marie Kondo pointed out, we often store the same types of items in different rooms. I certainly do. That means that I would likely be purging the same categories of items over and over again. I don’t have time for that. So, purging by category it is.
  • I need a system – Let’s face it. I am not a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ type of girl. Structure and guidance work best for me when tackling a big project. Otherwise, I will be hit with analysis paralysis and will get nothing done. My hope is that the KonMari method will give me the focus I need to get it done!
  • I don’t want to carry old bad habits into my new place – I consider myself a senseless collector of things. I tend to buy more stuff than I need, choosing to hold onto those things even if I am not using them. By following the steps of decluttering, packing, unpacking, and putting away, I hope to create a better practice of only acquiring and keeping items that I love and letting go of the rest.
  • The KonMari method fits perfectly with my goal of intentional living – I have been on a quest to live intentionally, uncovering the ‘why’ behind everything that I do. During this process, I hope to gain answers the following questions:
    • Why have I acquired so many things?
    • Why do I hold onto these things that add nothing to my life?
    • What could I achieve by letting go of unnecessary clutter?
You Are Invited

I hope you’ll join me as I prepare for my move. To me, this is more than simply a move. It is a fresh start, an opportunity to live more intentionally, letting go of the need to hold onto things that don’t add value to my life. My hope is that implementing the KonMari method will allow me to do just that. I have some hard decisions to make and I know it won’t be easy. But, I am looking forward to it! More importantly, I am excited to share it all with you!

Let’s discuss below. How have you tackled a big move in the past? What do you think about the KonMari method? Has it worked for you? Why or why not?

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  • Lisa McLemore

    I have never read the konmari book, although I intend to. But I do know a little bit about it and it sounds fascinating! I like to throw stuff away and declutter. I’m not good at organizing stuff. I have poor executive functioning skills because I have Asperger’s. So it’s really important to me not to have too much stuff so that it’s easy to keep everything neat. It’s a work in progress though. And my house will never be completely decluttered because my husband doesn’t like to throw out anything, and obviously I can’t make him. But that’s okay. You have to accept people for who they are. I am not perfect either. We just made a major move across country from North Carolina coast to Colorado. I would say definitely clean out your house before you move, so it’s good you’re doing that. It’s really hard when you arrive at a new house and then you have to sort through and throw stuff out.

    • Malika

      Hi Lisa. Thank you for commenting! I can imagine how decluttering can be tricky when you live with a spouse who has difficulty parting with things. I wish I could say someone else is partly to blame for my cluttered place…nope, it’s all me. LOL! And, you’re right, you can’t make an adult do anything. Marie Kondo says in the book that, ideally, your tidying will rub off on others in your home. I’m enjoying the process so far…it’s very liberating. Thank you again for sharing!

  • klyeager

    I’m so excited that you’re implementing this!! I’ve heard a lot about the book – but I actually just bought it yesterday for $0.25 at a local library sale and I’m EXCITED!! Of course I’ve heard of it, but weirdly I’ve now been seeing and hearing about this book EVERYWHERE after I bought it and that makes your post super meaningful! Good luck!

    • Malika

      Hi! What a coincidence that you just bought the book! I remember how popular it was shortly after it came out. I’m excited, too. I started with clothing and am motivated to keep going. I think it’s a really cool method for decluttering. Thank you so much for commenting!

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