Lately, there has been a trend online about a technique of decluttering with Marie Kondo as the public figure. Her way of decluttering is basically to throw out everything that “does not spark joy”. Now that it is nearing holiday, it might be a good idea to declutter with your kids and apply Marie Kondo’s famous technique!
If you want to declutter using Marie Kondo’s famous technique, you need to take note that there are 5 categories of items, and they are:
- Paper items
- Miscellaneous items
- Items with sentimental value
Now that you know what items you should look out for, it is time to actually apply this method as you declutter with your kids.
Remove Everything Out!
The first thing that you need to do is to get EVERYTHING out of the closets and drawers. Make sure you put it into each category. Clothes would go into the first category. Books can go into the second category. All the paperwork and bills you have already paid go to the third category, and so on.
Check Each Items
The next thing you can do if you want to declutter with your kids, you need to go through each pile. Check item-by-item, and really consider whether or not the item “sparks joy” to you. Kondo herself said that it might be hard to do it the first time, but eventually you will get better at recognizing the items that would “spark joy”.
And that is all there is to it for Marie Kondo’s technique. It sounds simple, and yet it will still take some time to finish. Once you have tossed out items you do not need that much, you will be left with a smaller set of items that you could put back into your closets. You can do this from one room to another. However, you have to finish one category before moving on to the next one.
One thing you should note about Marie Kondo’s technique is the intention behind it. What you are aiming for is to end up with a home that is clutter-free, and that could bring more prosperity and joy to your life. And that is why it lies heavily on whether or not an item “sparks joy”.
While you declutter with your kids, it is important to picture and visualize what kind of life you want to live. Visualize what items you would need that could help you reach that goal and brings you happiness as you do so. Kondo said that any items that do not help you on your journey does not deserve any space you have.
As Kondo said, it might be hard to decide which items that could spark joy for you, especially when you are the type of person that takes a long time to decide on something. However, Kondo could also help you decide what kind of items to keep or to toss around in her book, Spark Joy. There will be a checklist on the book so you can declutter with your kids while having some help from the professional: Marie Kondo herself.
During the time you declutter with your kids, did you find any problems? Which part is the most fun for your kids? Tag us on Instagram on your decluttering process!