As you’re preparing to move to your new home, it’s time to make decisions about which belongings to take with you. Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo wrote a best-selling book and even starred in a Netflix show called “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” Her method for eliminating clutter can be useful when it comes time for downsizing your home. The key to downsizing is to keep only possessions that you truly love. This leads to a smaller and more meaningful collection of items that can fit into your new home.
Kondo has six basic rules.
Rule 1: Commit Yourself to Tidying Up – Create a schedule for starting and then completing the process of sorting through your possessions. It may take weeks or longer to decide which possessions are worthy of taking to your new home.
Rule 2: Imagine Your Ideal Lifestyle – Visualize the way you want to live and feel when you move to your ideal active adult community. When you downsize into your new home with only the possessions you love most, you will have a cleaner and more organized home.
Rule 3: Finish Discarding First – After sorting the items in each category, discard all of the items that didn’t spark joy. This could mean donating items to local charities or throwing things away. Kondo asks that you discard all of the items that didn’t spark joy from one category before moving on to the next.
Rule 4: Tidy By Category, Not by Location – The five categories of items to tidy are clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and sentimental. When your belongings no longer spark joy, it’s okay to dispose of those them while thanking them for the joy they brought at one time
Rule 5: Follow the Right Order – The KonMari Method emphasizes the order of the categories: clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and sentimental. Marie Kondo intentionally placed these items in order from least sentimental to most sentimental. As you achieve tidying success in the first categories, it can help you build confidence to move through the final one.
Rule 6: Ask Yourself if it Sparks Joy – The final rule is to always ask yourself, for each item, if it “sparks joy.” This simple phrase helps homeowners change their mindset about their possessions and their lifestyle. When you hold each item in your hands, you ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If it does, you keep it. If it does not, you discard it.
Moving to a new home offers the opportunity to reinvent your lifestyle. Take the belongings that contribute to your new life. Give thanks and say goodbye to possessions that no longer give you joy.
[Based on an article by Maddy Crozier on the 55+ Active Adult Community website 55places.com. https://www.55places.com/blog/how-to-tidy-up-your-home-with-the-konmari-method ]