Two months ago, I wrote a post in which I followed Marie Kondo's KonMari method to clean my closet. In order to understand this post, I HIGHLY recommend that you go and read the post, I Followed Marie Kondo's KonMari Method To Clean My Closet And This Is What Happened, first. It went through the process of me learning the KonMari method, beginning to apply it, and what I liked and didn't like about it.

In the process, I learned a few things about decluttering, something that I think was SO useful, but there's one very important thing that we need to discuss: did that decluttering stick?

The thing about decluttering is that I do it every now and then in big batches, but I can never really stick with it. It'll be clean for a short while and then go back to the mess that it was before. Therefore while I may have started introducing the KonMari method into my life, I wasn't sure if it would stick.

So here we are, two months later, revisiting the KonMari decluttering method to see if it really stuck.

Within the past two months, I did go back to school, so the environment is a little different. In the last post in which I cleaned my closet, I cleaned my closet at home. As a result, I'm kind of starting over in the decluttering process. Therefore it's a great way to see if this will stick even when I need to restart.

Here are things from the KonMari method that I still do now.

I use the folding method.

When I first started using the KonMari folding method, I was so shocked as to how effective it was in utilizing the space and being more functional for long term tidiness. As a result, I still use the KonMari folding method. I don't fold as pristinely as I did before, mostly because when I do laundry it can feel tedious to have to fold so many clothes so well all the time. If I'm too lazy to fold them nicely, sometimes I'll leave some clothes on top messily folded instead of the neat horizontal manner. However, for the most part, I still use the folding method and have great appreciation for it due to the tidiness and the space saving qualities of it.

Use the spark joy method.

I like the spark joy method and I like to consider it when I purchase new things. I should only purchase things that I know will spark joy and be useful in my life.

Here are things that I don't do.

I (still) don't do the hanging method.

When we last talked about the KonMari method, I complained about how I didn't like the method of putting the clothes in the closet with the heaviest clothes on the left and the lightest on the right. I decided to disregard that method and I still haven't changed my mind. I'm happy with the way that things are, which is actually the opposite, with the lightest clothes on the left and the heaviest clothes on the right.

Use the spark joy method.

You might have noticed that I marked this as something that I do and I don't. That's because I do use the spark joy method when I get things - I try and think about whether or not the item I purchase will spark joy, but the thing that I don't really do is use it to discard things. When I discard things, I do still use the spark joy method, but I don't do it regularly. I only discard things in batches, whenever I'm trying to do a deep clean. As a result, I do use the spark joy method but not regularly.

This means that I tend to accumulate a lot of things and hoard them because I refuse to let go of them even though they no longer "spark joy".

Other things I now do to declutter

I'm pretty sure that none of these are picked up from the Marie Kondo method, but rather a different environment (being at home vs. school). A while ago, I tried Gretchen Rubin's clean up method of 5 minute tidying. Since I did that post, I have to admit that I haven't really stuck with it. However, I've noticed that recently, I've been beginning to do it more often. During the day, I'll do a quick little clean up, nothing major, and I find that my space on average is pretty clean and neat.

This is an idea that is echoed in the KonMari method, continuous tidying up so that you never really have to do a huge clean up purge. I still think that for discarding, I will need to do a big purge of a lot of things that no longer spark joy, but for general tidiness, I am now seeing that with a few minutes here and there, the place can stay tidy on a day to day basis.

Does the KonMari Method of Tidying Up Work Long Term?

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