As I've shared in other content, the KonMari Method not only changed our home, but to the same extent me as a person. The latter is not something I anticipated, yet it has created as lasting of an impact on my life as tidying up our home has.
Clutter and disorganization has an overwhelmingly negative affect on our mental wellness, yet it is rarely discussed much less remedied. This article by Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy. D is a tremendous resource to help illustrate my point and is well worth the read. For further conveyance, picture how you would feel in a room that is packed with overflowing boxes, with books stacked to the ceiling and clothing in piles all over the floor. Now comparatively, imagine how you would feel in a room that is void of clutter, where there is nothing on the floor and where everything is intentionally displayed. It is not hard to determine which would be the preferred environment and how living in this space would have a positive affect on your life.
Prior to starting my own journey, I recognized that I was feeling increasing stress with our home and my hope was that the KonMari Method would help me to address this. However, I was unaware of how this change would transpire or how soon it would start to manifest itself.
The initial glimmer of change occurred with the first category of tidying, clothing. Removing the articles of my wardrobe that did not bring me joy, freed up physical space and created a sense of inspiration. I felt excited to get dressed in the morning, knowing all of my wardrobe was an option because everything made me happy to wear it. Spending time looking at my neatly organized wardrobe brought me a sense of zen; and honing in on my style preferences established a better sense of focus for shopping which significantly cut down on the amount of time I browsed stores and money spent.
The more categories I tidied and the more unwanted things that left my home, the more centred I became. It's as though tidying removed the haze that had been clouding my vision. I started to recognize and better, confront poor habits I had previously not been aware of or chose not to acknowledge. My attitude became more positive and my prioritizes shifted. The trivial things that occupied my mind six months prior, never resurfaced and the dreams I thought were unattainable suddenly were at my doorstep. As over-the-top as it may sound, by the end of my KonMari journey, I felt reborn.
I refrained from sharing the full extent of the above sentiments with others because I felt it would likely be met with skepticism by those who had not started the process. However, one of the most affirming experiences I have ever had (not just with respect to the KonMari Method, but in life) was to be in the company of fellow aspiring KonMari consultants at the training seminar I attended. It was shared that every attendee, felt a significantly positive change in their life as a result of the method. Some shared that they left their respective professions, others talked about how they downsized their homes, started new hobbies, lost weight and so forth. I learned I was far from unique in terms of reaping the benefits of the KonMari Method and now as a certified consultant, I see this joy occur in the lives of my clients every single day. Talk about continual joy!
When we remove distraction, priorities and possibilities become obvious and much more obtainable. The KonMari Method is not just about decluttering and organizing your physical space, but also your mind and heart.