Are you looking for a KonMari checklist to help you declutter your home? Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been a big hit for those looking to declutter their homes for the past few years. Now, with the debut of her show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you can watch this master organizer live and in action.
Marie Kondo has a unique system for tackling the clutter in your home. She makes it easy to know where to start and how to go from the easiest categories to those that cause the most emotional turmoil and make decluttering so hard!
If you are not sure where to start with your decluttering efforts, use this free printable KonMari checklist to help you get started on the right foot!
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The KonMari Checklist rules:
If following the KonMari checklist, go in the order provided. Don’t change the order based on your own personality.
Discard everything at once. Don’t move on to the next category until you have completely tackled the category you are working on. Organize only after discarding.
Only keep items that “spark joy”. My definition: If it is useful or makes you happy, then keep it. If you are keeping it out of guilt or “just in case”, it may be time to let it go. Decluttering is hard, and sometimes emotions can get in your way.
Don’t start with sentimental items. That’s why following Marie Kondo’s order is so important. If you start with sentimental items, you are certainly setting yourself up for failure.
The KonMari Checklist goes in the following order:
- Komono (miscellaneous items)
- Sentimental items
The KonMari Checklist has you sort through all the stuff in your house, decluttering your house until you are left with only things that bring you joy.
Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, then tells you how to properly organize your remaining belongings.
Designate a place for everything
Give everything in your home a designated place. When you do this, you will no longer wonder where lost items are located.
In my house, I am the one who never has lost keys. (I can’t say as much about my husband!) Put a key ring holder by the door, designate a bowl, or designate a shelf. When you give items a place, it can make your mornings less chaotic!
Use the space you own
Use the space you own and no more. This is how excess is created. If you have only a small space to store books, then don’t keep as many books!
Don’t try storing items before you purge them either. The KonMari Checklist has you discard first, and then fit the remaining items on the space you own.
Don’t get fancy with your storage
OK, so those are not Marie Kondo’s words, but it is essentially her message.
You don’t have to get fancy with your storage solutions. You can use pretty shoeboxes in your dresser drawers as drawer dividers.
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I like to use larger Rubbermaid containers in my kids’ closets to hold all their stuffed animals. I used a $0.99 plastic silverware holder to organize my junk drawer.
You could go to The Container Store and buy all the newest and greatest organizing bins. I’ve even been known to buy a few cute ones at Target. However, cute and expensive baskets and organizing bins are an unnecessary luxury.
Store like items together
Store all like items together. Random batteries? Those all go in the same place!
Fabric scraps? Store them all together in an organizing bin.
My favorite application of this rule is in my kids’ rooms when storing their toys. I have an Ikea shelf with sliding baskets in it. Each basket holds a specific type of toy, like Barbies, Hot Wheels, and dress-up accessories. We have a catch-all toy box for all the other random toys!
Embrace vertical storage
The KonMari checklist suggests the best way to store items is
You guys, I’m obsessed with storing my socks and dresser clothes items vertically now! It changes the entire layout of your drawer. No more digging around for your favorite t-shirt or pair of socks. You can see right where they are amongst all your other shirts and socks!
This is my quick summary of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you don’t have the book, I highly recommend it! At least check it out from the library. If you buy it (my recommendation), you can always pass it on to a friend when you are done.
The book, even with its quirks, is a delight to read and will change how you see and organize your home! Marie Kondo doesn’t suggest spending a whole lot of money or even hiring a professional organizer, although that is an option. She walks you through step-by-step how to find peace and joy in your home.
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If you don’t want to read the book, that’s okay too. You can still use my KonMari checklist to tackle your home. Print it out and grab a pen. You are on your way to a tidy home!