Rule 6 Of The KonMari Method: Ask yourself if it sparks joy

The sixth and final rule is where most people start. The hard part is that this is the final rule and shouldn’t be taken out of order.

You’ve prepared everything up to this point, now you can start asking yourself if your items spark joy.

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.

Her process work. 

Here’s the sixth rule:

Ask yourself if it sparks joy

“Feel the item in your hands. Take each piece of clothing in your hands and see how your body responds — see if it sparks joy in you. When you touch an item that sparks joy, your body will respond in this way … on the contrary, when you touch an item that does not spark joy, you feel like … as such, every part of your body weighs down.”

Tidying is about keeping what you want in life, not just about eliminating items. 

Your story is different than everyone else’s. Specific items will spark joy for you — different than other people.

Take this process slowly and intentionally. Rushing this step will hinder the joyful process.

As you go through each category — clothing, books, paper, komono, and sentimental items — take each item in hand and practice asking yourself, “does this spark joy in me?”

You’ll soon experience the freedom and joy with the possessions you own.

Consider her other Rules:

Rule 1 Of The KonMari Method: Commit Yourself To Tidying Up

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

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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