Rule 1 of the KonMari method: Commit yourself to tidying up

Rule 1 of the KonMari method: Commit yourself to tidying up

Cleaning the home can be a hard process, but commit to it! You can do it.

Little by little is what it takes.

Marie Kondo is one of today’s leading inspirators of joyful living. She’s helped people find joy, fulfillment, thankfulness, and tidiness with her six rules of tidying with the KonMari method.

Here’s the first rule:

Commit yourself to tidying up

It takes a strong commitment to stay focused on one task, and if that task is organizing or cleaning, it can be very difficult.

Tim Sykes on his website offers 8 ways to stay committed that can be applied to tidying up.

1. Set goals

Or as Marie Kondo says, “Imagine your ideal lifestyle.”

You have to know where you’re headed. Write down what’s important to you.

Having something in writing helps you stay accountable and committed. It doesn’t matter if your home is 500 square feet, or 5,000, staying committed is just as important to both.

2. Revisit your goals frequently

Having your goals written down will help show what’s important day-to-day.

When waking up, take a look at your goals. Arrange your day around how you’re going to tackle tidying up.

3. Set routines

Creating disciplined routines is the first important step in staying committed.

Scheduling your day fosters focus. Think of it as a train on tracks.

Commit to discarding items before moving on to other goals.

Set some time out of the day to tidy up.

4. Stay inspired

Quotes, notes, images, videos, celebrations, and accountability can keep you inspired.

Here are some things to motivate you to keep tidying:

“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” – Marie Kondo


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5. Look at the big picture

Don’t lose hope! You’re well on your way to tidying up your living space.

It’s easy to lose the big picture when you go category by category, but keep the big picture in mind.

What you’re going through now is temporary and will pass by soon. A clean and tidy home will make you feel much better.

6. Stay accountable

Follow the right order of tidying for the best results. Even more so, have someone come alongside you to encourage you in the tidying process.

Self-motivation is good but very hard to sustain. Have a trusted friend who’s willing to encourage you in your tidying endeavor.

7. Don’t burn out

Be mindful not to do too much too quickly. A little every day is better than a whole weekend dedicated to tidying up.

You’ll have more stamina to stick with it if you do a little at a time.

8. Stay the course

Do a little, then do more — don’t give up! Don’t stop until you finish tidying up everything in your home.

The last rule — and most important — is going through each item and asking yourself if it sparks joy.

Follow her method. It works.

Consider her other Rules:

Rule 2 Of The KonMari Method: Imagine Your Ideal Lifestyle

Rule 3 Of The KonMari Method: Finish Discarding First

Rule 4 Of The KonMari Method: Tidy By Category, Not By Location

Rule 5 Of The KonMari Method: Follow The Right Order

Rule 6 Of The KonMari Method: Ask Yourself If It Sparks Joy

The KonMari method

“Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.

People around the world have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.”

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