Does it Bring You Joy to Declutter?

Does it Bring You Joy to Declutter?

Posted by Amy HARTMAN on

We see you girl, overturned laundry baskets full of unpaired socks, re-wrinkled t-shirts that you need to “toss back into the dryer," jeans on the ground that require the “sniff test” to see if they are clean or dirty. Well, we have found your guardian angel and her name is Marie Kondo. We know, we know...stick with us, we have Amy + Meredith’d your KonMari Method to fit the everyday Home Girl who maybe doesn’t have time to tackle ALL the overflowing sock drawers or closets just yet.

So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ve heard of the marvelous Marie Kondo and her new series on Netflix called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo wherein our heroine introduces folks -- who are a little bit clutter-challenged we’ll say -- to the joy of decluttering or the KonMari Method first made famous in her 2014 best-selling book: "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up."


Cloth + Cabin Marie Kondo

Commit yourself to tidying up.

Okay, now this may be one day out of thirty or heck, even one hundred, but you should take some time to tidy. We don’t think you need to look at this like an all or nothing activity (which is going to directly contradict rule 4 below - but dang it we are trying Marie, cut us some slack!). Even ONE DRAWER of tidying up will be satisfying. Just last week we conquered one drawer of jeans with the konmari method and it felt like winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or at least what we think that feels like. So we choose to go a little at a time - progress not perfection.


Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

We sometimes stress eat over the very idea of having everything in one place perfectly decluttered; I mean, how do the kids play if they don’t pull out everything from the bins? You know, like if a parent can’t step on a Lego every once in a while is it real life? We don’t think so. So our ideal lifestyle is one of compromise, where we are able to make small changes over time, maybe even involve our kids in the “magic of tidying up” - just kidding our kids will probably run from this challenge - no joy. No. Joy.

Cloth + Cabin Marie Kondo

Finish discarding first.

Tidy moms unite. Man, we love taking a heap to Goodwill or repurposing something to recycle it, but dang, getting through all the stuff is a job of its own. Getting through the piles does take some persistence, but what we have found is that once it is done, it’s like we have moved a MOUNTAIN. So this "discard it, before you organize it" philosophy does have its ups and downs, but overall, it’s worth it to make a clear discard pile and get that out of your life. Because if you throw it away, you NEVER HAVE TO PICK IT UP AGAIN. Boom.

Tidy by category, not by location.

Okay Marie, we have tried this and have a hard time making it happen. To grab ALL the clothes and dump them in our living rooms to sort would take us probably weeks, so while we will follow you to the ends of the Earth with your legendary t-shirt folding technique, we do violate your rules when it comes to this one, and we tidy by location, not category. We will work toward category moving forward, but our initial purge admittedly hasn’t happened by category. 


Cloth + Cabin joy of tidying


Follow the right order.

We understand that committing to tidying up is the largest hurdle. I mean truly committing to this type of lifestyle is deep change. We daydream of a tidy always Instagram worthy house and maybe this is the way to get to it, maybe not, who knows? We are willing to try for a little life-changing magic. Are you?

Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

This is the most brilliant step we’ve used to declutter. Never before have we stopped to ask if something brings us joy after it’s been in our homes for years [sometimes many, many years]. So we totally understand and appreciate this rule. Upon purchasing something initially, we definitely feel the joy...but does it bring us joy TODAY? That is where we feel the real MariKon genius lies. How often do you stop to consider if an item is still useful? Probably never. Or maybe you do, but indirectly, like how frequently you use the item. That’s where we are right now - our faves, those sparking joy, are used a lot. Those that do not spark joy, not so much - and get shoved to the back of the closet. How many shirts in your closet do you actually wear? We’re thinking we wear about 15% of all of our clothes and that does NOT bring us joy. So our focus next is our own clothes [gasp]. Purging clothes [do not forget to thank the items!] for kids is so much easier...they outgrow the clothes before we need to ask if it sparks joy!!!

How about you? Has the KonMari method taken over your house? Tell us all about your decluttering and missions to being a Tidy Mom. We’ll reward success or even TOTAL FAILURE with a set of Copper Canisters and a Home Girl t-shirt to KonMari in - we KNOW these items will bring you joy. ;)

Copper Canisters

To enter, leave a comment below with your KonMari success OR failure story AND sign up for our C+C newsletter here. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, February 15th!


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  • It makes me so happy that this has caught on! I have always lived this way simply because I have moved 17 times in my married life and 29 over my whole life and you can accumulate stuff when you move all the time. I am so passionate about creating a beautiful cozy and welcoming home and the first step to that is having a clean and organized home! So so important!!! Loved this post!

    Dena on
  • I KonMari-ed before it was popular. I zoomed through the house while everyone was at work/school and got rid of all the things! It was a lot of work, but we live in such a small space that there is not enough storage for everything, so unfortunately it didn’t last long. If we lived in a normal-sized house (LOL) it would look like we had nothing, so there’s that :)

    Sarah on
  • My family and I are going to start a 30 declutter (Marie Kondo) on March 1st. I am a little nervous especially for my own wardrobe! I’m thinking I may not have much left after going through it all! However, our house definitely needs it as I have inherited several new antique pieces from my grandparents. I’m absolutely excited to bring them into my home as they very much bring us joy! So I guess out with the old and in with the antique? Lol Also I just purchased and received some items and I have to say I love them! Thanks

    Kelly Gillespie on
  • Yesssss, those items are bringing me joy!! We have done a lot of going through and getting rid of already, but we need to try the folding methods. I think that will really help us out!

    MEGAN on
  • I started to complete the task of the laundry room. I had been stuffing odds and ends in baskets on the shelf….. for years. I also had been literally tossing my floral stems up and on top of a basket over my head… yes I know totally lazy. So I decided to “Kondo” this area or so that’s what I thought it was called. As I was recording this even on IG, I was slowly taking down the items on the shelf including the overflowing baskets of crafts and floral stems. As I turned around the entire basket of years worth of ….junk… and flowers cans tumbling down to my feet. There were hundreds of batteries, Bobby pins, flower stems, molding wires, pencils…. I think you get it. 😂 So needless to say, I did the whole process of removing everything completely,non intentionally. However I threw away TWO WHOLE trash bags full of junk and now my laundry room is clean as a whistle! :)

    Kimberly Ritenour on
  • KonMari-ed my husbands dresser and it has stuck for a week!!! …Here is to hoping it sticks for another week ;) Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    Leslie on
  • Y’all I’m WORKING ON IT – but also at the same time I’m trying to refurbish my home decor soooo…. it’s a mess right now.

    cheyenne on
  • I’ve always been one to get rid of things. I always find it easy to focus on one room at a time! If it’s something that I haven’t used recently or that doesn’t have sentimental value I get rid of it!

    Rebecca M. on
  • I started this a few years ago and have actually stuck with it and continue to slowly add in other items. My underwear drawer is the best now! My husband made me dividers and now I no longer go searching in a mess of underwear for the ones I want! Plan on starting on kids pictures tomorrow!

    Millie on
  • I never read her method, but I tackle a location. Like drawers or a closet, or my desk ugh. I say do what works for you and not try to be a version of someone else!

    julie on

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