I Tried The #KonMari Method Here's What I learned

March 21, 2019

I'm a messy person. It's a simple fact. My work-life is pretty organized but like most 26 year olds I don't have a lot of time or energy to keep things organized.

Or so I thought. I've been telling myself for several years now that cleaning up is a hassle and I can get to it when I have more time. We arent talking food mess or hazardous waste level messiness I simply just have a lot of ... well stuff. 

Growing up we always had a lot of stuff in our house. 5 people, pets and very busy schedules. I was always messy and dreaded clean-up days. I never really got into the habit of cleaning up. It wasn't until I was in college in a shared space with a complete stranger that I became aware of my own messiness. Through college, I stayed fairly neat but my room always seemed to be packed full of stuff. A LOT OF STUFF. Looking back now I'm not sure why I had it all. 

I think that's why the KonMari Method became so attractive to me. I, like most people with a Netflix account, stumbled upon the series and realized that I needed to get moving. Starting in January I've steadily worked to clean up my space and get rid of what I can. 

Here's the before:

Here's the after:

I started with my clothing only because its one thing I'm not sentimental about at all. I've now done my papers, art, downstairs MISC closets, and kitchen items. I still don't feel finished and I'm not sure my general messiness has been magically transformed. However, I do feel I think more critically about what I own and about taking the time to clean up.