The KonMari 2017 challenge

The start to a new year always presents with an opportunity to simplify and de-clutter our live. This year we chose to get some inspiration from the Japanese tidy up queen Marie Kondo and her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing“>the life-changing magic of tidying up.

The KonMari method consists of gathering all of one’s belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy”. It also recommends to choose a dedicated place for everything.

I was hooked on the book straight away and read it within two days. Overall our house is not in the urgent need for a KonMari make over. I have been fascinated and inspired by minimalism guru Leo Babauta for the past 4 years. So, our house generally doesn’t have a lot of clutter or redundant items. I still was able to take a few things away from  Mari Kondo.

Here are our top 10 inspirations:

  1. Storing items vertically instead of horizontally (this made a big difference to the vegetable drawer in our fridge)
  2. Assigning only one keepsake box per family member
  3. Established one dedicated and neat drawer for all spare cords in the kitchen
  4. Digitilized our paper address book
  5. Rolling our socks and various other clothe items
  6. Using shoe boxes to vertically stagger socks, children clothes, tops etc
  7. Decluttered our bookshelf to only keep books that are necessary and “spark joy”
  8. Minimized all our papers into the three essential folders: highly important documents like birth certificates, docuements to be stored for 5 years, documents to be stored for 1 year
  9. Established the rule of only one designated area for each family member in the living room
  10. Most importantly, when in doubt of decluttering a certain item or before buying something new, we’ll ask ourselves “does this spark joy to our life”.

Have a read yourself and get inspired by the simplicity of life.


  1. Oooh the document tip is a really good idea. All those bills pile up after a few years so it is easy to lose the more important documents!! Thank you for sharing!!


    • Thank you for the feedback. Most of our bills are now digital so it was easier than expected. The KonMari method actually has a folder for needs attention instead of documents stored for one year. However, we got into the habit of dealing with documents straight away. For example I pay bills immediately using the future payment function of my bank and then I file them away as done. So at the end it was just a couple of reference documents that I wanted to keep in the keep for one year folder.

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