The KonMari Method ™


When I work with a client we use the KonMari method of discarding and organising to achieve a tidy and joy sparking home environment. The method is based on two simple principles – discard and organise.

It was created and refined over many years by Japanese decluttering guru, Marie Kondo. Her first book, ‘The life changing magic of tidying up’, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 142 weeks.

Completing the KonMari method is a one-off event. If done properly, it will never need to be repeated. Most clients find the process cathartic and incredibly liberating. It is not unusual for clients completing the method to make life-changing decisions about the home, relationships, family and work life.

The KonMari Method involves methodically working through one’s possessions in order of category:

  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Komono (miscellaneous items)
  • Sentimental items

The rationale is to start with items that are easiest to discard, and in working through these, hone the ability to sense what sparks joy. All items from the category in question are gathered together in a room. One then holds each item and considers if it ‘sparks joy’. If so, it remains. If not, it is discarded.

When all items in a category have been joy-checked, they are stored temporarily so that life can continue during the process. When all categories have been completed, ‘organisation’ begins. Items are placed into available storage in a way that sparks joy and allows for effortless living.

The process can be intensive and most clients find themselves discarding tens of bags of items.

What is it?

What isn’t it?

A chance to work with a KonMari consultant in training to complete the KonMari decluttering process in your home

A chance for me to ‘organise’ you. The emphasis is on you being empowered to move towards a life of joy. I am your coach and guide.

Thorough – all say intensive, some say life changing

Just folding and storing

A way to ensure that, by completion, your home contains only possessions that bring happiness to you

A spring clean

A process that, if done correctly, will only need to be done once

Something that needs to be repeated annually or seasonally

A route to a clearer mind and more authentic way of living

A mindless one-day tidy where items are moved to new spaces