my konmari kitchen

One of my biggest goals for 2017 was to downsize. I'm not talking downsizing our home, or our lifestyle, per se, but rather about the sheer volume of stuff we own. As any military family knows, every 3-4 years (sometimes less), we have to pick everything up and move to a new duty station. That means that every 3-4 years, most families do some sort of massive purge to de-clutter before they move. I didn't want to wait another 18 months, so enter Spark Joy by Marie Kondo.

Marie Kondo offers what is touted as "the life-changing magic of tidying up," or KonMari Method, and preaches that everything has a place and should always be in its place. That means that, technically, gone should be the days of searching for a spatula, or a measuring cup...because it all has a given place. Furthermore, she asks people to pick up an item and identify the emotion they feel surrounding that object. Does it spark joy? I found that concept to be a little mystifying at first, but as I began to tackle my first room, our kitchen, I kind of got the hang of it.



To me, it was less about joy, and more about the emotion I felt when I looked at it. For example, we had a brand new, unused, gorgeous red Cuisinart waffle iron. It was gifted to me when I was newly engaged to my ex before Ryan. My brother-in-law's mother gave it and insisted I keep it even when we called off the wedding. I kept it because it was a gift - and because she insisted I do so. Today, when I looked at that waffle iron, I felt only obligation. I felt like I had to keep it...so I donated it. Gone also are our juicer, extra tupperware, pots and pans and random knick-knacks found throughout the drawers. Honestly, everything I gave away felt heavy. It felt like excess, and so it went.



Now, my kitchen looks, perhaps, sparse. But when I walk in there, I feel lighter and cleaner. Ms. Kondo teaches us that kitchens should convey their use, rather than storage. I want my kitchen to covey cleanliness and health, and I feel like it finally does that. I really can't wait to tackle the next room because it is so liberating! For the record, I still have a ton of work to do on the kitchen this year - painting the cabinets white and adding the backsplash - but this makes the project seem more feasible.

The biggest thing I'm learning through this process is that everything in my house should have a purpose and a place. If it has neither, it should go. I love that in the evenings when I'm ready to relax, all I have to do is put things back in order, wipe down my counters and go about my business. Before, it felt like constant clutter was really weighing on my mind. It's a big process though, and it required several hours of my undivided attention - totally worth it - but had to be scheduled in my day with work and daycare. Next stop...our bedroom, which should be fun. 

Have any of you try the KonMari Method? What do you think about it?

I'm linking up today with Jessi for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday!

9 comments

  1. Wow! I personally haven't heard of this but what a transformation! Thanks for sharing! xo

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  2. I never knew there was an actual method for this kind of thing but it is definitely how I live. My kitchen looks like yours does now all the time (pretty sparse counter tops). I bet as you go through all the rooms in your house it will be so freeing to "free" up space and get rid. With many military friends I can only imagine that will make the moving all the easier! I think it looks great!!!

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  3. I Kon-Mari'd my clothes and books about a year ago but things could use a refresh. I struggle with things that were given to me because I feel guilty for not using that particular thing when someone clearly put thought into getting it for me. My biggest Kon Mari challenge was my scrapbooking/crafting supplies, I got rid of everything that I didn't love and donated it to my Spark/Brownie unit only keep a few odds and ends on hand. I love the idea of tackling the kitchen, there is a lot of stuff in there that serves no purpose and brings me no joy!

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  4. I think every year of my life I become more and more of a purger. I read Mari Kondo's book a few years ago and it was the best decluttering/"organizing" book I've ever read. It was life changing when I was living in an apartment and realized that I didn't have to keep all the stuff I was holding onto. Now that we're in a house it's a little bit easier to let things slide (and having a new baby it's also just easy to let things slide in general, you probably know how that is!) so I've recently started focusing on only keeping things that really do have a place.

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  5. I used this method to clean out our closets and drawers last year and while I found some of her concepts a little weird (like talking to your possessions) overall I liked it! I have found that most of our house stays a lot neater but there are a few rooms I'm still working on cleaning out. Our house feels so much better when everything is organized!

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  6. Ok now I am intrigued. I need to look into KonMari. I love that feeling of organization and like you said just getting rid of the heavy things. Go girl! :) ...also, your kitchen is beautiful.

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  7. i've read the book and got rid of a bunch of stuff, kind of like your waffle iron. things that i felt obligation towards, or guilty because i didn't wear them/use them according to how much they cost. it was a big deal for me to get rid of a lot of things. we purged a lot when we moved out of the house, and i'm hoping to purge again before we move into a new house. i really love your kitchen!

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  8. This looks really good! I haven't done the Kon Mari method, but I am always trying to get rid of "stuff" that so easily piles up in the house. You are so right about it feeling more clean and light when there is less clutter!

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  9. I definitely need to implement this going forward, though I do need to massively declutter for my move to somewhere. HA Your kitchen looks great now!

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