The KonMari Challenge - Part One - Deciding

Setting up your HeadQuarters Marie Kondo Style

Have you ever ran around your house, frantically cleaning, tidying and hiding things before a friend calls over for a chat and a cup of tea? Have you ever had a surprise visitor in the middle of the day and died a little inside of sheer mortification that they have witnessed the absolute squalor you live in when no-one is around? Or have you ever glanced over the piles of junk that surround you and wished that it would all go away so you could live a streamlined, easy life?

I can put my hand up and say that I have felt all of these things, probably in the last week, definitely in the last fortnight. Having descended the stairs 3 mornings in the last week in odd slippers because I can’t find the other half of any pair, my cluttered lifestyle has grated on me more than usual and I have resolved to do something about it.


Your Home is your Headquarters

Outside of work you spend the vast majority of your time at home. It's where you relax, eat, shower, set goals, sleep, create life plans, everything. But if your environment doesn’t foster achievement, well then you’re not going too far. If you take a look around your house now you will probably see a lot of systems that create bad habits. 

If your cupboards are stuffed with junk food you’re probably not going to succeed with your healthy eating plan. 

If your files are all over the place and you can’t find a clients number, you’re going to have a shaky relationship.

If your gym clothes are stuffed in a number of different drawers in different rooms, you’ll spend all your time looking for them instead of actually wearing them at the gym.

When you want to change your habits, the best thing you can do is change the systems that are in place. Bin the junk food, organise your files and keep your gym gear prepared. 

But when you want to make drastic changes in your life, the best option is to overhaul your whole home and construct your perfect HeadQuarters that generate an environment of change, progression and achievement.

I have a lot of changes I want to make this year so a radical alteration is needed.


Enter the KonMari Method

With huge claims of turning the messiest of folk into people who have and keep a neat and streamlined home, Marie Kondo’s approach is revolutionary in its simplicity. There’s no organisational tools needed outside of a few boxes so there’s relatively no cost to implement it. And her belief that your lack of space is actually an over-abundance of stuff most likely rings true in your home as much as it does in mine.

The KonMari Method works based on a few simple premises:

Remove the Junk before you organise.

A lot of the time we spend organising is really just corralling junk into new spaces. When you take everything out, you can see the magnitude of what you own and when you remove the unnecessary before putting things back it means you’re only putting back the items you genuinely need or use. So what’s left are the pieces that you truly want in your home.


declutter by item type rather than room.

If you’re anything like me you have similar items in different parts of your home. For instance, I’m pretty sure I have books in every room in my house. And different clothes spread across the place. Don’t even get me started on paper… It’s everywhere.

When you declutter by room it’s easy to miss the fact that you organised a lip balm into a drawer in each room and actually have 5 different lip balms that you can never find.


massive steps VS tiny steps.

If you remove things one item a day but go on a shopping splurge once every 2 weeks its quite understandable that the number of items you own is slowly increasing rather than decreasing.

The idea with KonMari is that you do the job once and reap the rewards. A severe change in living arrangements should be enough to enable you to continue with the changes you’ve made and be more aware when you start slipping back into your old habits.


only keep items that Spark Joy in you.

This is really the clincher. Rather than removing things that you don’t need KonMari flips decluttering on it’s head and asks you to look at what you want to keep instead.

How amazing is that? The end result is a home that is filled with only the things that you love to surround yourself with. You’ll have a clear, spacious living arrangement and the time and energy to create the life of your dreams.


The KonMari Challenge

I think we all know how important our environment is in relation to our success and goal achievement. A room overflowing with junk doesn’t exactly urge you to start a new project (unless it’s a cleaning overhaul). And if you haven’t noticed yet I have a lot planned for this year

So I’m issuing myself a challenge. My second challenge of 2016. To become a Konvert and live in a streamlined home filled with things that Spark Joy.

The plan is to tackle one category a week. Preferably in the order outlined in the book. Clothes, Books, Paper and Miscellaneous. And just to add a bit of heat I will post about it and video the results. Boom.


Care To Join?

Have you been contemplating overhauling your house? Or have you already done it? (Any Tips?)

January really is the best time to create a clean slate in your home and start fresh so if you want to come along, please do. Let me know in the comments what you’re doing and keep me posted. Might serve as motivation.