For Part 2 of this blog duo, I explore some cons to the KonMari Method. Tell me if you agree?
1. It’s about more than sparking joy
I agree that taking pleasure in the use, consumption and display of things is important. William Morris may have said it best in his edict that one should have nothing in one’s home that is neither useful nor beautiful. Salman Ahktar goes further in his book “Objects of Our Desire – Exploring Our Intimate Connections with the Things Around Us” to talk about taking delight in our sensual relationship with things.
Here’s the challenge though. If you are curious and creative, you’ll find joy in the multitude of usesyou for an item in the future. If you’re sentimental, it’s easy for many items to spark joy, or any variety of strong emotional responses which make it hard to part with an item.
While asking yourself if an item sparks joy is a great place to start, it simply can’t be the only question. I recommend asking yourself if you would purchase the item again today. If yes, it likely sparks joy, and I hope it also has a value relative to the life you are living today, the space you have available and the time and energy you have to take care of and honor it.
2. Go big or go home
Some may find Marie’s approach to tackle the whole home daunting in scope and this itself might keep you from getting started. I had the pleasure of meeting Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project and her more recent best seller, Better Than Before). In her research about successfully forming new habits, Gretchen found that some people do best by starting with a small initiative and building on it, whereas others thrive by making a major commitment. (See Disctinctions: Do I like to take smalls steps or big steps?”) If you like small steps, the KonMari Method may feel overwhelming.
I would encourage you to determine which piece of the Four Step P.L.A.N. to Get Organized™ is the source of your organizing challenges and start there. My homework for new clients is to make a list of things that are bothering them. From that list we then identify which project is most pressing and which also fits the time energy and budget they have available.
Seasonality is also important. Comfort is king when organizing., so working on garages, for example, may be better left for temperate months. The most important thing to do is make a decision and commit to a process of change. The size of the steps don’t really matter.
3. You don’t need organizing supplies
As many of you know, I developed the Pliio Clothing Management System, a line of organizing products that makes it much easier to manage folded clothes. I was very conscious as a professional organizer that I was not simply creating another product to store. I tested the product extensively to make sure it added value on many levels:
- making the folding process so easy you can think about something else entirely
- allowing more garments to be stored in the same space (20-30% more based on typical client experience)
- keeping clothes in a better state (this depends on how neatly you were storing things before)
- making it easier to see your wardrobe so more gets used. In fact, a lovely byproduct of implementing the system is thoroughly editing your wardrobe.
- making it easier to put laundry away. (I dare you to search twitter if you think there is no angst around this!)
Once I identified all those benefits and heard them validated by hundreds of people, I had confidence in bringing the product to market.
I do support Marie’s suggestion that you can be resourceful and accomplish a lot with basic boxes, (though I prefer clear shoe boxes to a mishmash of shapes and sizes). However, there are many organizing products which assist in the storage and use of items and they deserve your deliberate consideration. Look for products with long term value and the investment will continue to serve you.