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Imagine your ideal space
by next Wednesday
Greet your space
by next Thursday
Declutter by category
by next Thursday
Reorganize & enjoy!
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Does a cluttered home make you feel anxious or stressed? Do you dread the nightly process of resetting your belongings to get ready for the next day? Does cleaning up for guests take a full day to plan? Sometimes our homes become cluttered without us even realizing it. For others, tidying up is a constant struggle. 

For many people, an untidy living space can lead to an untidy mind- full of distraction or even disgust. If you are constantly having a hard time finding what you need, you lose out on time you could spend doing what you love. You may also end up spending more money by inadvertently buying items that you already have hidden away somewhere. 

If any of this sounds familiar and you would like to make a change, the KonMari Method could be the solution to your problem. Keep reading for an overview of the method and a handy checklist created to help you get started. 

What is the KonMari Method? 

The KonMari Method was developed by world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo. It is a process for cleansing your space of unnecessary objects. Contrary to popular belief, the KonMari Method is not about minimalism- it is about valuing what you have. 

Many tidying programs focus on the reduction of objects. The more you can reduce, the better you are doing! But KonMari prioritizes the appreciation of each and every object in your home. The term used for this is “sparking joy.” If an item does not spark joy for you (and isn’t a household necessity like toilet paper), you likely do not need it. If you have 20 old t-shirts that all spark joy, you can keep them! 

The KonMari Method is also not intended to be a quick fix. It is supposed to be a sustainable lifestyle change. The process of discarding and organizing items should involve careful thought and gratitude. If you are simply looking to declutter before houseguests arrive, this is not the approach. 

Marie Kondo has faced criticism in the past for including books as part of her tidying method. Some people mistakenly believe that she is pushing clients to get rid of their books. On the contrary, though, she is simply including books as a category of items you should be reviewing. Many of us may hold onto books that we didn’t like, that were left by an old roommate, or that we only have to seem smart. Those are not items that spark joy for us and are just adding clutter. 


The Tidying Process

The KonMari Method begins by having you imagine your dream space. If you had your ideal living space what would it be like? You can draw it, write about it, or just keep it in your imagination. Think about what feelings you want your space to evoke. What activities do you want to be able to do? This can help you while you review your belongings in the next steps. 

When starting the decluttering, take a moment to greet your actual space. Recognize it and express gratitude for what it has given you and what it allows you to do. It might not be your dream home, but it can start to feel like it. 

Most tidying plans recommend a room-by-room approach to organizing. You might be told to first organize all of your bathroom products, followed by your bedroom, the kitchen, and so on. What is interesting about KonMari is that it asks you to organize by category (and in a particular order). All of the items from each category are to be brought into one space and gone through at the same time. 

When reviewing items in a particular category, you are to hold up each individual item and decide if it sparks joy. If it does not, you thank it for having been part of your life before placing it in a discard pile. By seeing every item from that category in a pile, you will have a better idea of just how much you own. When items are dispersed throughout a house or shoved in closets, it might not seem like they take up as much space as they actually do. 

When you have finished the discard and decluttering process, you can begin reorganizing. Marie Kondo recommends that if storing items in boxes, use clear boxes so you can easily see what is inside and how much is left. She also emphasizes that everything should have a designated place. Tidying up each night will be quicker if you know exactly where something should go. Reorganizing is a chance for you to really see your new space when it only contains the items you love, and to set it up in a way that works for you. 


The Categories for a Konmari Checklist

The order for the categories is: Clothes, Books, Papers, Komono, and then Sentimental. Clothes can include accessories such as shoes and belts. The paper category refers to all of the papers we tend to accumulate over time: bills, copies of documents, manuals, receipts, etc. Komono is for your miscellaneous items. This might be your garage, your kitchen and bathroom supplies, etc. Komono will be different for everyone. 


Unnecessary papers can really pile up! (Source)


The final category is sentimental items. This category is last because it is often hardest to part with sentimental items. By the end of this process though, you should be well-versed in the method and more comfortable with what you do and do not want in your ideal space. Some of us feel obligated to hang on to items that should be sentimental when in reality we rarely if ever look at them or feel attached to them. 

It can take a very long time to fully complete this process. Often up to a month. Make sure you are mentally and logistically prepared to take on this task to completion before you begin. And make sure you continue in the right order instead of doing a little bit as convenient. You may want to develop a timeline for the task if you prefer an organized approach. 

KonMari Checklist

We have summarized this process into a checklist that you can use to get started. 

  1. Imagine your ideal space
  2. Greet your space
  3. Declutter by category (Clothes, books, papers, komono, sentimental)
  4. Reorganize
  5. Enjoy!


As you can see, the process itself is fairly simple, as long as you remember the order of the categories and a few simple rules. 

  • Be committed. 
  • Hold each item individually. 
  • Ask yourself if it sparks joy. 
  • Find a place for everything. 

Tips for Tidying with Kids

Households with children can be incredibly difficult to tidy effectively. To begin with, children come with quite a lot of stuff! The toys, clothes, cups, and bottles can start to add up fast. Secondly, children are not always interested in helping with long-term organizing products, especially when it involves throwing out some of their stuff! 

But tidying with kids can be really rewarding as well. It can be an opportunity to teach them about the benefits of cleaning up as well as helping them learn to value their belongings. Make sure that all of their stuff has a designated home as well, and teach them to put their belongings in these same spots each time they use them. It may take a while to catch on, but it will be worth it!


Having a spot for each item can help keep toys under control. (Source)

Final Thoughts

The KonMari Method is a great way to figure out exactly what you need in your space and what is just filler. The longer you live in a space, the more you may acquire, especially if you have multiple roommates over time or multiple children. 

It can seem logical to hang on to many items in case you need them in the future. But if this never really turns out to be true, and the item isn’t important to you, joyful, or necessary, it can probably leave your space. Thank it for the purpose it served and send it on its way! Use the KonMari Checklist as an easy go-to reminder during the process. 

Event Planning and the KonMari Method 

The KonMari method is used to declutter spaces in your life. The method helps people rid themselves of objects, paperwork, and even clothes. The KonMari method can be used in event planning as at times less is more in terms of venues or entertainment. Event planning can involve immense amounts of paperwork that an event planner can accumulate in a matter of months.

Below are ways that the KonMari Method can help with event planning:

  • It allows a person to imagine an ideal space like a venue and get to work.
  • Decluttering a venue can be tough depending on the number of chairs and tables. Start with one type of item at once.
  • Digitally store paperwork rather than keeping receipts and contracts from years ago.
  • A venue can be given new energy simply by getting rid of old items that might be sentimental. 

The KonMari Method can be extremely useful in a variety of areas of life including event planning. Simplification of event planning should always be the goal as too many variables increase the likelihood of a disaster occurring. 

Process Improvement and Event Planning

Businesses of all kinds are always looking for new ways to improve. Process improvement can be a simple task or complicated depending on the number of steps in a process. Event planning is complicated as a variety of factors play a role in the success of an event. The following are ways that process improvement will impact an event in a positive way overall:

  • Streamlining communication between all parties involved can be done by implementing a project management platform.
  • Paperwork can be reduced and contracts virtually signed in order to speed up the planning process.
  • Create a checklist of items to complete for a successful event to be hosted. 
  • Organizing contact information of venues, caterers, wait staff, and even florists can make for easy outreach. 

Process improvement needs to be monitored as at times a change meant to have a positive impact provides negative results. Event planning becoming streamlined will be a tough process but it is more than possible! Identify which processes can be improved in your event planning projects and implement change today!

Employee Onboarding and Event Planning

Employee onboarding is an extremely important process that needs to be optimized. Allowing a new employee to feel welcome makes a first impression that could last for the duration of their time at a company. Event planners work with a myriad of employees so the onboarding process needs to be thorough and streamlined. The staff works directly with clients so the onboarding process will directly impact the quality of the event hosted.

The following are tips for employee onboarding when event planning:

  • Defining expectations of employees in terms of hours and grounds for termination.
  • Drug testing is imperative for all employees helping host the event.
  • Ensuring that employees are eligible for employment domestically. 

Employees that help host an event are going to have a huge role in the success of the event. Do not underestimate the importance of the employee onboarding process as you want employees to start out strong!

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