Step Nine - Clearing my HOME

Don’t freak out!

There’s a reason we dedicated a whole day to your wardrobe.  Believe it or not, it’s the hardest part for various reasons.

Today we’re simply taking the same process through your home.  If you don’t get it all done, don’t stress. Make as big a chunk as you can and schedule the rest in for the weekend.  Ths after all is a BIG week Darling.  

You can do it!

Marie Kondo has developed six basic rules for tidying

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up. 
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle. 
  3. Finish discarding first. 
  4. Tidy by category — not location. 
  5. Follow the right order. 
  6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy

Here’s the exact order Marie Kondo wants you to follow when tidying up.

  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Komono (miscellaneous items)
  • Sentimental items

Starting with clothes, she asks that you remove all clothing from its set area and make a pile. Then, go through each item and ask yourself if there is value in keeping it (does it bring you joy?). If you choose to discard it, thank the item for serving its purpose and move on. Do the same with books and papers.

Komono stands for all the miscellaneous items in your home. That means, kitchen items, the dreaded garage, beauty products — basically anything that doesn’t fit within the first three categories. While the larger section might seen daunting at first, you’ll have experience tidying up at this point so it should go a lot smoother than you think.

Sentimental items are the last piece of the KonMari puzzle. While decluttering the rest of your space, you might have collected a few items that fit this category. Depending on its purpose, make use of your sentimental items. For example, if you come across an old photo of your siblings and you as kids while cleaning out the garage, add it to a frame and display it in your home to spark more joy.

Journaling Prompts:

  • What were the thoughts that came up when you saw the piles in the various rooms?
  • Which insights did you receive about your habits around your home and the space you hold?
  • How did it feel once you were done?