Most people know about Marie Kondo from her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. When it was originally published in 2014, Kondo had established herself as a Japanese cleaning consultant with a revolutionary idea (organizing category-by-category instead of room-by-room) and a track record of clients who never relapsed back into their old hoarding ways. Today, she’s become household name by literally visiting American homes in need of her help on her crazy-popular Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. And it’s getting people inspired to organize.  Now everyone wants a piece of the KonMari Method.

What is the KonMari?

Empty Closet

The KonMari Method is Marie Kondo’s minimalism-inspired approach to tackling your stuff category-by-category rather than room-by-room.

There are six basic rules to get started:

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  3. Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
  4. Tidy by category, not location.
  5. Follow the right order.
  6. Ask yourself it it sparks joy.

And five categories to tackle:

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
  5. Sentimental Items

Does the Item Spark Joy?

While many people associate her method with tidying, it’s really about discarding items that lack value. To determine what makes the cut, for example, Kondo has you start by removing everything out of your closets and drawers. Once you have a big pile, you’re to go item-by-item and consider if it sparks joy. While Kondo admits that this can feel awkward or unnatural at first, she assures readers and viewers that you’ll get better at recognizing what sparks joy as you go. Once you’ve tossed items in every category, you should have a much smaller set of remaining items that you can return to various closets, drawers, shelves, and boxes. Note that you’re to finish one category before moving onto the next one.

How I Used the KonMari to Organize?

While Marie Kondo insists on doing one category at once and placing your like items in the same place, I just didn’t have the time to work on my entire closet or my assortment of books all at once.  I only did a section of my closet or a shelf on my bookshelf at a time.  I worked diligently, but it was also convenient to not have a deadline to complete the organization.  Now, my closet and drawers look more organized than ever!