Konmari Method: My Experience

For those of you who don’t know, I am a big Japan nerd and so at the end of 2018 I totally embraced the craze that is the Konmari Method, which is created by the tidying enthusiast Marie Kondo.  Her method is one where you go through all of your possessions in particular categories, and hold each item to see if they “spark joy” inside you.  In the end, you are surrounded mostly, if not only, items you love or spark joy. 

​This method does not stop there, however, and gives you ideas for utilizing your items to enhance your living space, or to make your items more comfortable in storage, such as folding your shirts upright in your drawer so they aren’t being crushed underneath other shirts.  Basically, showing consideration towards your possessions.

The first category she has you go through are your clothes, because it would be pretty easy to identify the items that don’t spark joy since they are such personal items.  After that, you go through books.  And the categories go on from there.  But these first two categories were actually ended up being the hardest for me. 

​Not initially, but after kondo-ing my clothes and books, within a month to three months down the road, I found that there were several items that I regretted donating.  And it turned out that they were really hard to find again for purchase online.  That is, by the way, one idea with the method–that if you really needed an item after the fact, you could simply repurchase it.  No biggie.  Well, most of what I own I had deliberately bought for either a look or a topic that I am interested in, even if I won’t really use it.  It was so that I had the option to wear or read said item.

This process of trying the Konmari method made me realize how truly sentimental I am with items I own.  Even with items I have sold in the past, I have found myself thinking about them again and scouring the internet to repurchase them, and in the end doing this, of course, costs more money.  

It is not to say that I dislike the Konmari Method.  I love her “Spark Joy” book showing the cute ways of utilizing your trinkets to decorate your living space, make your jewelry collection more attractive, or even how to store your clothes.  Even her manga, illustrating the transformation process and impact of honing in on your dream lifestyle, I like that it gives an example of how it can give your life more flavor. 

But to anyone interested in or starting this method, I do caution you that you may have the same experience as me.  You may regret getting rid of that silk jacket, linen dress, or that minerals manual.

Has anyone else had an experience like this?