The Kondo Craze – Tidy House Series No. 2

This week, we’re continuing our series on Marie Kondo and her KonMari method of organization. Every Eastbrook Homes floor plan includes in plenty of storage, but it’s still easier to move once you’ve slimmed down by eliminating the things that don’t “spark joy.”

Marie Kondo’s organizational method is based on simple principles, which makes it easy to follow. Today, we’re going to discuss the first few steps on her list, which include –

  1. Commit
  2. Imagine the ideal life you wish to live
  3. Discard first

These all seem simple, but Number One is key to the rest of the pieces falling into place. Commit. Say Yes, but no turning back. This is no time to chicken out.

Some projects can seem so big that getting started is a real challenge. It’s sometimes easier to live with an issue then to resolve it.  Organizing an entire home, especially one that’s been lived in for years, or even decades, is one of those tasks that can seem insurmountable, making it easy to put off with a half-hearted, “tomorrow.”

If you’re going to organize with the KonMari method, you have to commit. This might be the toughest step, and the hardest goal to keep in focus once you’ve started. Half-way through, with the closets emptied out into the middle of the floor and the cabinets all boxed up and labeled, it’s critical to stay on track.

It’s also important to commit to the goal of trimming down by getting rid of stuff you don’t really need. In the middle of cleaning and boxing, it’s easier to say, “I need to keep that” than it is to say, “this item does not spark joy.”

Are you keeping that item because you truly love to look at it? Does it make you think about the craftsman or artist that created it and appreciate the time that went into it?

These are not easy questions. However, if you’re going to clean house using the KonMari Method, you must commit to giving away the things that might help others, and to tossing out the stuff that you no longer need or truly want.

The second step puts an interesting perspective on the project. What is your ideal life? Is it running an animal shelter, or living in a recreational vehicle while traveling the country? Or is your ideal life include moving to the Florida Keys to operate a charter boat once you retire?

When you look around your home, what do you see? Do all of the things in your possession have a place in that idealized version of your life, or can you easily live without them? 

Number Three is where the plan comes together and the KonMari rubber meets the road. Discard First. By eliminating the items that don’t fit in with your vision of an ideal life. By starting there, the pile that’s left behind, and which needs to be put away, becomes much smaller. If you’re planning to move, the task of packing just became easier.

If you are planning to move to a new Eastbrook Home, now’s the time to check out Marie Kondo’s KonMari method and take a step toward your ideal life. Whether that plan involves living in West Michigan, Lansing, Michigan, or Auburn, Alabama, moving into your new home is easier when you only bring along the things that truly spark joy in your life.  

Contact the Eastbrook Homes team today and find out how we always give you more home for your money!

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