Testing the KonMari Method on My Worst Problem

If you want to declutter and organize, anything from a small closet to an entire kitchen, try the KonMari method. It is a tried and true Japanese way to get the job done. I love Japanese culture, particularly the food, so why not this basic principle. First, you identify the problem and assess your desire for a solution. Maybe it is a matter of alphabeting or grouping your canned goods or sorting your various types of packaged noodles.

The KonMari method is not intimidating and I have found a way to use it on my worst problem. My shelves are pretty tidy in the kitchen and the fridge I in order, but somehow tons of paper documents are lying about. There are old invoices and statements and a bunch of recipes that have been either used or rejected. They say to never toss personal stuff in the trash so I don’t. I keep it. How foolish you say? Yes, I know that it takes up valuable space. If you cook regularly, you need pristine work surfaces.

Back to the KonMari method. It tells me to dispose of information that someone could steal. It tells me to think about something fast and efficient like a paper shredder from https://www.shredderlab.com/best-home-shredder/. If it is obsolete, throw it in the jaws of death. The method teaches you to gather up all the objects in question and assess their long-term value. Some people empty their cupboards top to bottom, but I restricted myself to what was on the countertops to start. Long ago I went through the process of tossing duplicates, donating outmoded stuff, and recycling what I could.

The method says to evaluate everything with the same goal in mind: decluttering. I wonder if the originator of the concept also had in mind your mental issues. Ha! We all have a lot in our heads and little time to sort through it. Such is the nature of modern life! But I do have time for the paper shredder today and it is going to work its magic in no time at all.

I will be able to start some new culinary projects once the decks are clear, so to speak. Decluttering is fun and therapeutic. The smaller your space, the more important it is to use the KonMari method. Getting rid of the debris of your life that has accumulated in one area, like the kitchen, is vital to moving on. You can’t be productive if you are sitting knee high in old paper.

According to the method, I could have sorted and collated and archived what I wanted to keep in filing cabinets or drawers. But something in my cluttered, but still functioning, brain told me to shed, shred, shred. I recommend it as an adjunct procedure for anyone with a similar problem.