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The KonMarie method

edited 9 February 2016 at 11:33AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • lostinrateslostinrates Forumite
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    I read a little about this method last year. I was a little interested but also a little daunted.

    Things like not storing clothes flat wouldn't work for me everywhere as a lot of my clothes storage is that hanging ikea stuff. I share some drawers with my husband and our hanging space is always squashed. We've been putting off designing our new clothes storage area as we just don't know how to best do it.

    I love tidy shelves and drawers. My husband is a stuffer. I can live with a bit of room mess if the things put a way are tidily done, if I know where things go and how, my husband is the other way round, he stuffs things randomly, and they are lost for months or years at a time, but the room looks tidy.

    I'd love to find a way we could both find equilibrium. Does anyone think the answers are in this book?
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    edited 13 January 2015 at 5:21PM
    Hi lostinrates
    Our leader the most heavenly Konmari
    Advises not to tidy someone else's stuff just our own
    She says they seem to magically come around to our way of thinking
    Mmmm well not gonna risk it I have one tidy son and one not
    So I said earlier I will hang both their tees and tops hoodies ect
    Only because they will rummage even through an ordered drawer
    I had success with their undie drawers an socks
    So there's a glimmer
    Could you separate your stuff from his to begin wth?
    After all it means less tidying and cleaning so more time for fun things
    I'm already planning days out for myself when I'm done in here

    If your hanging space is squashed then I would suggest you have too much stuff
    G through it ASAP and let go of what doesn't spark joy
    Not easy but soo worth it
    I retired last year and got rid of my business clothes
    The following day heaven
    Some were expensive but when would I wear them
    You don't need as much as you think you do
    ”Pour yourself a drink, (tea for me now)
    Put on some lipstick
    and pull yourself together”
    - Elizabeth Taylor
  • lostinrateslostinrates Forumite
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    jinny wrote: »
    Hi lostinrates
    Our leader the most heavenly Konmari
    Advises not to tidy someone else's stuff just our own
    She says they seem to magically come around to our way of thinking
    Mmmm well not gonna risk it I have one tidy son and one not
    So I said earlier I will hang both their tees and tops hoodies ect
    Only because they will rummage even through an ordered drawer
    I had success with their undie drawers an socks
    So there's a glimmer
    Could you desperate your stuff from his to begin wth?
    After all it means less tidying and cleaning so more time for fun things
    I'm already planning days out for myself when I'm done in here


    I don't think this is always practical. I am here seven days a week. My husband just two.

    We have only one bedroom, for example, we both share it and it would be nice for us to feel happy, comfortable and aware of its space,......let alone the rest of the house. We share spaces like the kitchen and bathroom together ( and with my parent who lives with us) and we all have to be able to find and share space and not feel like killing each other.


    E..g in the bathroom I used to roll and stack face clothes ( I use one a day as does my parent. ) For two years this has been ignored and any clean ones have been dumped folded on top. They don't fit as well or look as neat and nice in the basket but it was a redundant effort. No one was coming round to my way of thinking and it was an effort that was leading to feelings of frustration rather than happiness or neatness. Instead they have won me round:D. Its not worth feeling frustrated over face clothes. I just fold and stack now too. :o

    If I could get them to fold hand towels more neatly I'd consider it fair compromise. :D



    Don't even let me start on the tae towel /kitchen towel and cleaning cloth drawer shambles. :mad::mad:


    No. Its not always possible not to tidy the space and things of others because a lot of things are shared. Both general things and in relationships more personal areas. In my case my underwear drawer is shared and my hanging space is shared.


    I really have edited clothes and keep out what I need....and infact, could do with more clothes but have no where to hang them, lol.
  • edited 13 January 2015 at 6:19PM
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    edited 13 January 2015 at 6:19PM
    Ok I do understand I am retired and am the live in housekeeper if you like
    For my 2 grown up sons I live here free so it works out canny
    They are big lads eat for England and keep fit sports fans
    I sympathise with the face cloth situ
    As I constantly have wet gym towels hanging around
    They do their own gym stuff tho
    Good luck and take care
    Your right it just isn't worth stressing over

    That's goes for all parents of young children too
    They are only young so briefly don't worry about mess
    I wish mine were still small with Lego and football cards all over
    The rug happy times
    ”Pour yourself a drink, (tea for me now)
    Put on some lipstick
    and pull yourself together”
    - Elizabeth Taylor
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    I kongoed my youngest DD's undie drawer this morning, and told her to take from the front of the drawer and clean things will go at the back. That way everything gets used the same amount and I won't be throwing unused undies out which she's grown out of but hasn't worn.

    This afternoon I kongoed my son's undie drawer too! He normally just uses things from his floordrobe.

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    VJsmum wrote: »
    I am hooked

    I want to tidy my knicker draw

    :rotfl:

    I did it :T. While I was listening to the Archers - shows how long it took. I also did my sock draw, thought I had a couple of pairs of black socks kicking about in there - NINE PAIRS:eek: I also found a few pairs of drawers I couldn't find in there this morning :p. And a couple of bras that I wouodnt want to be seen in, should I get hit by the proverbial bus, have been chucked.


    E..g in the bathroom I used to roll and stack face clothes ( I use one a day as does my parent)

    I have just done this too - DS is doing the oil cleansing method of face washing and will grab a wodge of face cloths. I have just rolled and stacked them, hoping he now grabs one.

    It's a start :p
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
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    edited 13 January 2015 at 9:11PM
    Yes dying of shame whilst lying on a hospital trolley for four hours
    In manky underwear
    Would be the last thing on your mind eh?
    Ha my grannie used to say that all the time
    Clean undies just in case lol
    ”Pour yourself a drink, (tea for me now)
    Put on some lipstick
    and pull yourself together”
    - Elizabeth Taylor
  • VfM4meplseVfM4meplse
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    jinny wrote: »
    Well done wicked lady and V
    I couldn't sleep saw your posts and got up to
    Kondo my knicker draw now all is well
    Couldn't sleep due to a migraine so had Kondo'd the whole chest of drawers over night.
    jinny wrote: »
    What's keeping me going is the promise I won't have to keep doing this after the extreme decluttering is finished
    Place will be so much easier to manage.
    I'm nearly done - just the paperwork to go, now! - but I'm wondering what I'm going to do with myself afterwards? Already I seem to have loads of free time, am either out every evening which is unusual for me in January, or completing half-read books! (11 so far this year!).
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy :D...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
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    I put clean flannels out every day
    But the rest are hidden I have an old fashioned airing cubby
    They would be to lazy to go and get another from there
    Perhaps don't display them

    It's like a packet of Jaffa cakes you aren't just gonna snaffle one
    ”Pour yourself a drink, (tea for me now)
    Put on some lipstick
    and pull yourself together”
    - Elizabeth Taylor
  • VfM4meplseVfM4meplse
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    Ok guys, let's put you out of your misery.

    The original 1-minute-and-44-seconds, featuring the mistress herself. (Who also happens to be as cute as a button).

    Guide to folding T-shirts.

    Guide to folding long-sleeved blouses.

    The principles are the same for every piece of clothing. Get it as rectangular as you can, and then start folding inwards.

    What your drawers should look like when organised.You don't need to watch this, just look at the front page to get an idea of "vertical storage" in practice. KonMarie would have made better use of the depth of the drawer by making them long and thin. (KonMarie recommends light shades at the front, progressing to darkest at the back to induce tranquility :D). I didn't watch this link past the first 15 seconds as KonMarie advises against Lazy Susans :naughty:. So be warned: forget other "experts". KonMarie knows best.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy :D...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
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