Growth Strategy #58: Minimalism - KonMari Method

Deciding to simplify my life and incorporate minimalist thinking has been a way to remove barriers to get thing things done, by being more focused and clear - leading to increased productivity.

Growth Strategy #58: Minimalism - KonMari Method

My childhood home was full of stuff, clothes, letters, furniture, beauty products, kitchen utensils, a pot and pan for every scenario, etc.  This spilled over into my adult life and became a way of living.  Lots of clutter not only became an external way of being, but also internal.

Deciding to simplify my life and incorporate minimalist thinking has been a way to remove barriers to get thing things done, by being more focused and clear - leading to increased productivity.  

As part of my 90-day coaching programme, I use this strategy to assist clients with decluttering so they can start their transformation from a good place.  

Good for: Decluttering your internal and external world

Best completed by: You

Minimalism is a way of living that emphasizes simplifying your life by reducing the amount of material possessions you own, focusing on experiences and relationships rather than accumulating stuff.

It can also extend to other areas of life, such as simplifying your schedule, commitments, and even thoughts.

This lifestyle is gaining popularity as people realize the benefits of living with less, and using minimalism as a personal growth strategy can be a powerful tool for achieving your goals and becoming your best self.

Minimalism can help with the following:

  1. Increased Focus - When you eliminate distractions and focus on what truly matters, you can achieve your goals faster and with more clarity.
  2. Reduced Stress - Owning fewer things and simplifying your schedule can reduce stress and anxiety, creating more time and energy for the things that bring you joy.
  3. Improved Health - Minimalism can help you prioritize self-care and create healthy habits by simplifying your diet, exercise routine, and environment.
  4. Financial Freedom - Living a minimalist lifestyle can also help you save money, pay off debt, and achieve financial freedom.
  5. Environmental Benefits - By consuming less, you are also reducing your impact on the environment, which can bring a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

There are a few things that I struggled with at first:

  1. Letting go of sentimental items was difficult and emotional
  2. It was hard to resist consumer culture and societal pressures to accumulate things
  3. Changing a lifelong habit required a lot of work.
  4. There are some things I enjoyed collecting, which allowed me to express my creativity.

Imagine you're a busy professional struggling to balance work, family, and personal growth. You feel overwhelmed by your cluttered home, overflowing schedule, and constant distractions. You want to simplify your life, but you don't know where to start.  Here is a method I recommend for the home.

The KonMari method

The KonMari method is a popular decluttering and organizing technique developed by Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo. It is designed to help people simplify their lives by focusing on the things that bring them joy and letting go of the things that don't.

The KonMari method is based on the principle of tidying up by category rather than by location. Kondo recommends starting with clothing, then moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items.

Within each category, the KonMari method involves taking out every item and evaluating it based on the question "Does it spark joy?"

If an item brings joy, it is kept and given a designated place in the home. If it doesn't bring joy, it is thanked for its service and then discarded. Kondo recommends expressing gratitude to items that are being discarded, as a way of acknowledging their role in our lives and letting go of them with respect.

One of the key benefits of the KonMari method is that it helps people let go of things that they no longer need or want, freeing up physical and emotional space in their lives.

By focusing on the things that bring joy, the KonMari method encourages people to identify and prioritize their values and interests, and to let go of distractions and excess.

Another benefit of the KonMari method is that it is a holistic approach to decluttering and organizing. Rather than simply focusing on physical possessions, it encourages people to consider their entire lifestyle and the things that contribute to their happiness and well-being.

While the KonMari method has been criticized by some for being overly simplistic or impractical, many people have found it to be a helpful tool for simplifying their lives and cultivating a greater sense of joy and purpose.

Whether you choose to follow the KonMari method or another decluttering and organizing technique, the key is to find a method that resonates with your values and goals, and that helps you create a more meaningful and intentional life.

Marie Kondo suggest the following to succeed at using the method:

  1. Visualize your ideal lifestyle: Before you begin decluttering, take some time to think about the kind of lifestyle you want to lead. Ask yourself what your values and priorities are, and what kind of environment you want to create in your home. This will help you stay focused and motivated as you go through the decluttering process.
  2. Tidy by category, not by location: The KonMari method involves tidying up by category, rather than by location. Start with clothing, then move on to books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items. Gather every item in each category and place them in a pile on the floor.
  3. Evaluate each item: Take each item in your hands and ask yourself, "Does it spark joy?" If it does, keep it. If it doesn't, thank it for its service and let it go. Remember that the goal is to surround yourself with things that bring you joy and happiness, rather than holding onto things out of obligation or guilt.
  4. Discard before you organize: Once you have gone through each category and identified the items that spark joy, it's time to discard the items that you no longer need or want. Dispose of them responsibly by donating, selling, or recycling them. Only after you have finished discarding should you move on to organizing the items that you have decided to keep.
  5. Designate a place for each item: As you organize your remaining items, designate a specific place for each one. Kondo recommends using small storage boxes and dividers to keep things organized and to prevent clutter from accumulating in the future. Make sure that everything has a designated spot so that you can easily find and access the things you need.
  6. Maintain your space: Once you have completed the KonMari method, it's important to maintain your newly organized space. Make tidying a daily habit by putting things away immediately after use and doing a quick cleanup each day. Regularly re-evaluate your belongings and discard anything that no longer brings you joy.

You can find out more about Marie Here  https://konmari.com/

As you continue to practice minimalism as a personal growth strategy, you find that you feel more focused, less stressed, and more connected to your values and purpose.

While it may not be suitable for everyone, those who are drawn to minimalism can find joy, purpose, and fulfillment by prioritizing what truly matters and letting go of the rest.

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