Are you finding yourself constantly making excuses to postpone cleaning your space? Or are you finding yourself overwhelmed with the idea of cleaning? Do you always keep pushing your cleaning tasks to the next day? If your answer is a big yes, then you are at the right place. Finding the motivation and time to clean out your house is indeed a real struggle. But, have you ever tried a bullet journal cleaning schedule or a cleaning tracker? It might be the perfect solution for you. Having a bullet journal cleaning schedule spread will keep you motivated to clean out all the clutter around your space by making you experience the satisfaction of checking off a task at the end of the day. Even for those of you who do like to clean, a bullet journal cleaning tracker will help you in tracking when was the last time you cleaned a particular area. So maintaining a cleaning schedule in your bullet journal is an excellent idea for the clean freaks as well. Today, in this blog post you will learn how to make this year’s decluttering schedule using the most painless method – Konmari Method But first, what is the Konmari method?
What Is The Konmari Method?Konmari method is basically a shorter term for the book – “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing”. This book explains the importance of decluttering your home and your life with a step by step process for doing it. The Konmari Organization method mainly emphasizes deciding what to keep or discard based on the emotional attachment to a certain thing. It further explains that as you reduce your possessions and discard the unimportant items, you will reach a state that brings you comfort and joy. As a very simple explanation, the Konmari method of cleaning follows the following steps.
Step 1: Discard First, Then TidyAccording to the organization method, when you store things inside a box or a cupboard, it doesn’t mean you are decluttering. It is just an illusion of decluttering. Once the storage is full, you will face a much bigger task. So, only when you start discarding, you can truly tidy!
Step 2: Find The JoyThe best way to decide whether to get rid of the item or to keep it is by taking it to your hand and questioning yourself, “Does this thing spark joy?”. If it does, you keep it or else discard it. The author of the book says once you have practised discarding, you will be understanding and identifying the things that don’t bring you joy anymore easily.
Step 3: The Konmari OrderThe author, Kondo, recommends gathering all the items of a specific category, lay them on the floor, analyze them together and then decide what you will discard or keep. He also suggests following the below order for decluttering. The list goes from easier items to harder ones that have sentimental value-added.
- Sentimental items
Step 4: Designate Space For EverythingKondo follows a simple organizing technique – Keep things that come in the same category together. If it is clothing, don’t separate them by seasons, follow a heavy to a light arrangement in the drawers or wardrobe. Keep your book or paper collection as small as you can. Discard everything that doesn’t fall into one of the three categories-
- Currently in use
- Need for a limited period
- Must be kept indefinitely.