If you follow me on social media, you might have heard that I’ll be moving in July! I’ve decided it’s the perfect occasion to declutter my apartment using the Konmari Method and my Bullet Journal!
Not only will I be moving, but my boyfriend and I actually bought our first house! This exciting event requires a lot of preparation, including a thorough cleaning out of our apartment.
As I mentioned in my review of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, our big move inspired me to get to decluttering our apartment. Honestly, this is something that I’ve been needing to do for a while but wasn’t motivated to do.
But now that I have a reason and a deadline, I’ve been feeling super determined to go through our stuff and get rid of unused things.
With that, I wanted to share with you tips I’ve been using to declutter using the Konmari Method and a Bullet Journal! Without further ado, let’s get to tidying up!
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What is the Konmari Method?
I won’t go into too much details on the Konmari Method, because if you really want to get this done properly, you should get Marie Kondo’s book (you can get it right here!). But I will explain a few key points of the method to help you get a feel of the process.
The Konmari Method really consists of two steps: first, discard, then organize. You must complete the first step before you may move on to the second.
Tidy by category
A very important part of the process is to tidy by category and not by location. The author divides belongings into five main categories and it is very important to follow the right order: first clothes, then books, papers, miscellaneous items and finally, mementos. Sentimental items, or mementos, should be dealt with last, as our emotional attachment to the object may cloud our judgement.
Does this spark joy?
When deciding what to keep or discard, we must ask ourselves: does this spark joy? The Konmari Method’s ultimate objective is not to throw away a lot of our things, but to only surround ourselves with what brings us joy.
Designate a home
Once you’ve discarded what you no longer need, then you can find a place for the things you’re keeping in your home. It’s important to designate a space for every item, as it will then be easier to put them back. Items with no designated home will be put away randomly and your home will soon revert back to its old cluttered self.
Enter: your Bullet Journal
Now that you’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and understand the method, it’s time to get tidying!
Enter your best tool: your Bullet Journal! Before getting started, make a checklist of the five main categories of items. I suggest you divide them into subcategories to make it easier.
Then, go through the items on your checklist one by one, following the order in your Bullet Journal (Important: do NOT skip ahead).
Here’s my checklist in my Bullet Journal:
The actual process
I started by going through my clothes, more specifically my tops. I put every shirt, t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt on my bed in a pile. Then, I took every item in my hand and asked myself if it sparked joy. Now, this concept is a bit hard to feel sometimes, so for the clothes I was unsure, I asked myself, do I wear it? Do I want to keep wearing it in the future?
What I realised through this process is that I had a lot of shirts that I hadn’t worn in years. I simply had never taken the time to go through them.
Then I moved on to my pants using the same process, followed by dresses and skirts. Just with these three subcategories, I ended up with about four 20L garbage bags (small garbage bags) of clothes to throw away and four bags to donate.
This may seem like a lot, but once you put every shirt you own in a pile, you realise that you own way more than you need. And like most people, I had shirts in many different places in my apartment (in my closet, my dresser, my nightstand and the closet in the guest bedroom).
Finishing the process
I haven’t finished the process yet, as I’m going through every subcategory one by one, and I want to take my time. Whenever I have a few days off, I put aside some time to do one or two subcategories.
This is going to be my new technique for Spring Cleaning! Every year, I want to use the Konmari Method to keep the clutter at bay. Of course, the next time I’ll be using the method, it will take me far less time than this time.
And these were my tips to declutter using the Konmari Method and your Bullet Journal!
Spring is right around the corner! It’s an ideal time to start your Spring cleaning using the Konmari Method and your Bullet Journal!
Let me know in the comments below if you use this method, too! Or, if I’ve inspired you to start using the Konmari Method to do your big Spring cleaning!
Until next time!
Check out these posts about the Bullet Journal to get even more inspired!