Let Cube Self Storage be Marie to your Condo…or your house
If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo or the KonMari Method before, you’re reading the right article. The KonMari method is a minimalism-inspired approach to decluttering your items category- by-category rather than room-by-room, and the ultimate goal is to have a house full of items that spark joy! And who is Marie Kondo? She’s the bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has a show on Netflix called Tidying up with Marie Kondo, and the woman who introduced the KonMari method to the world.
At Cube Self Storage, we believe that living in a decluttered space is important for your mental, spiritual, and physical health. In addition to a clutter-free home, a home that is filled with only items that spark joy is even more wonderful. So, here’s how Cube could help you to declutter using the KonMari method.
1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
Without commitment, tidying up your home becomes a tedious task, which is against the KonMari method. Because the whole purpose of decluttering is not only to create a spacious and tidy home, but also to cleanse your mind and spirit — your inner self. So, start with visualizing your ideal lifestyle, and ask yourself what you need to get there. Anything that is not helping you to live your ideal lifestyle does not deserve a space in your home. Remember, with commitment, this whole process will flow naturally and genuinely.
2. Finish discarding first.
Before going through your items, finish discarding stuff that you don’t need and you don’t care first. This should be the easiest way to get you started tidying up. Remember, every time you discard an item, sincerely thank it for serving its purpose. This would feel awkward and unnatural at first, but this approach will eventually help you to determine items that spark joy as you go on with the process.
3. Category-by-category, not location.
Next is the decluttering process. The key here is to tackle clutter by categories, not by room.
Here’s the 5 basic categories:
i. Clothes – Always start with clothing because it’s the least emotionally loaded item one usually has. However, if clothing is something that you’re emotionally attached to, rearranged your priority.
ii. Books – It’s challenging to get rid of books especially those that made an impact to your life and perspective, but it’s not impossible to determine the ones that give you joy.
iii. Papers – Letters and cards carry messages that are sentimental and nostalgic. Do not open and read them as they would stray you away from your main focus which is to declutter.
iv. Komono (a.k.a miscellaneous items) – You might think that you need them one day, but the question here is, do they spark joy in you?
v. Sentimental items – This item could be anything that gives you emotion, nostalgia, and carry memory that you want to cherish or the opposite. Again, only keep it if it sparks joy..
4. Do all the items you have spark joy?
So, you’ve been actively choosing items that spark joy and discarding what doesn’t —this should be a natural thing for you to do now. The ultimate goal here is to create a clutter-free living space that brings even more joy and prosperity into your life. At this point, you should be able to see and feel that you are moving towards the ideal lifestyle you’ve visualized when you first committed yourself to this experience.
But what if you still have too many items at home and everything sparks joy? This could easily happen especially if you live together with a big family. Let Cube Self Storage be the Marie to your Condo…or your house; we have personal storage solution for everyone to ensure that you have a place for all the items that bring you joy.
Contact us today, tell us your storage requirements and we would be more than happy to assist you.