The KonMari™ cleaning method has garnered a lot of attention in the West. Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and recent Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo have been the talk of the country. Can a simple mode of reorienting the way you feel about your possessions really bring you joy? Is Kondo’s principle all it takes to live in a clutter free home? One thing is for sure. Marie Kondo is a tidying expert who is changing the way people feel about clutter. At Nancie Brown & Associates, we also have strong feelings about clutter. In more than 30 years of business, we have helped thousands of clients with clutter in their home and work environments. Our professional cleaning service sparks joy because of our conscientious approach to tidying. You can trust us to be thorough and efficient.
What is the KonMari™ Method?
Broadly, Marie Kondo’s method of organizing your home involves conceptualizing yourself in a decluttered living space, then creating one. Kondo recommends thinking about what ‘clutter-free’ means to you, and thinking about what you want to accomplish in your space. Once this has been considered and you know the end you are trying to reach, the next step is viewing your possessions by category, not location. Instead of going through your property room by room, Kondo encourages you to think of your household items in four groups. Clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items). Clothes are an excellent starting point because they are easy to make decisions about. Marie Kondo says that in order to simplify and organize your home, it is important for items to earn their place. Honestly consider the item and its relevance to your life. Does it ‘spark joy’? Does its presence notably improve your quality of life or serve a useful purpose? A pair of pants that no longer fit that you have kept for seven years might not spark joy. Perhaps they remind you of being a different size, with all of those attendant feelings. Perhaps your tastes have changed and you can’t imagine yourself wearing them even if they were your size. The best thing to do, in this case, is to say goodbye to those pants. Discarding items doesn’t have to mean throwing them in the trash. You can donate or give away items too. Before becoming a professional organizer, Marie Kondo spent many years as a Shinto shrine maiden. She has incorporated Shintoism’s ideas about the kami of items, their spirits, or energy, into her philosophy. According to Kondo, it is important to respect items for the worth they have given to your home. This makes parting with them easier, and helps clarify the exercise of choosing the things which do still add value to your life.
Decluttering Lessons Learned from Marie Kondo
When it comes to keeping your home or workspace clean, there is much from Marie Kondo’s method that can be applied. Decluttering and organizing your space is a big step toward making your space feel clean. Experts have identified that humans are not well adapted to living in untidy spaces with lots of scattered items. This likely comes from our species’ history where we were focused on survival. Back then, we needed to make snap decisions based on what tools we had in our immediate environment. Having too many items in that environment, especially when they are not organized, can be a source of anxiety and indecision. Now, we’re not suggesting that a single badly folded sock is going to have a negative effect on your mental health. It can have a cumulative effect, though. It is indisputable that clutter and trash lying around in your living and work spaces is detrimental in multiple ways. Organic waste such as food can cause pests to gather, can create unpleasant smells, and lead to slips and other accidents. Other trash can also lead to accidents if left unchecked. It’s important to regularly clean your living and work space. The fewer items there are to organize, the easier that is.
Applying KonMari™ in Los Angeles
After growing up and studying in Tokyo, Japan, Marie Kondo is now a Los Angeles resident. It’s no surprise there are many people in Southern California following her organizational philosophy. With property prices in the area as high as they are, space is at a premium. More than ever, it’s important to be intentional when it comes to your use of space. You can change the whole vibe of a room by optimizing its space. A small bedroom can appear spacious depending on the storage solutions you choose. An untidy office, streamlined and fitted with a new filing system, can appear professional and modern. Of course, with better organization, your space will be more efficient to clean as well. That saves you money, if you have a cleaner or cleaning service. Even if you don’t, it means you spend less time cleaning up after yourself and more time enjoying your space.
Intelligent Use of Space Reduces Clutter
Another way of decluttering your LA home or office space is by making intelligent use of the space you have. Tokyo’s population density (over 6,200 people per square kilometer) is more than twice that of Los Angeles (approximately 2,900). Accordingly, the people of Tokyo, Marie Kondo included, have learned how to make optimal use of their limited space. Efficient storage solutions that make use of all possible space are common. Opening up vertical space with hanging racks and innovative shelving units is a frequent theme. Another approach is smart partitions to compress items that can otherwise sprawl and take up unnecessary space. Some people bundle towels into tight rolls and slot them vertically into storage partitions like a wine carrier. It’s far more efficient than leaving them lying out in a linen cabinet! People in office environments or who have many devices at home have a smart solution for messy cables. Taping a power strip to a desk’s side lifts it off the ground, making the floor easier to clean. Another strategy is feeding all the cables into a single box and leaving only the connectors protruding. This simple trick cuts down on the electric spaghetti modern homes and offices are commonly afflicted with.
Nancie Brown Cleans and Declutters
Nancie Brown & Associates is a cleaning service that is known throughout the industry for being meticulous. We are dedicated to consistently turning in the highest quality work. As far as we’re concerned, the best way to succeed as a business is to deliver the very best clean. With over 30 years cleaning commercial and residential properties, we think it’s a highly effective business model. Like Marie Kondo, we are passionate about helping our clients make their homes clean and clutter-free. Nancie Brown & Associates specializes in top-quality detail cleaning. Our uniformed cleaners are all highly trained in safely cleaning surfaces and materials, as well as valuables and expensive equipment. We don’t stop at surfaces and floors, either. We can also clean and polish vents and screens, and clean gutters if required. Our detail cleaning teams use top-of-the-line equipment and products for excellence and safety. We can use environmentally friendly cleaning products at request. If you are interested in learning more about our service, why not contact us today: (310) 837-7880.