Come along with your hosts, Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci as we explore some of the most common KonMari myths and missteps in today’s Spark Joy Podcast episode.
As the KonMari philosophy has become more and more mainstream, blog posts, magazine articles and videos have come out viewing KonMari through a critical and challenging lens.
These perspectives are sometimes based on misunderstandings or misreadings of Konmari concepts and sometimes these misinterpretations occur as missteps while practicing KonMari.
In this episode, we will discuss our thoughts on these myths and provide some practical tips on how to avoid falling into these missteps.
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In this episode, you'll enjoy:
What is Sparking Joy for Kristyn today: a very cute For the Love of Tidy branded onesie for her niece who is due any day now.
What is Sparking Joy for Karin today: restoring an antique wooden doll bed for her niece’s birthday
- Learn about some common KonMari myths:
Konmari equals minimalism/minimalism is KonMari
Konmari is a selfish activity, fundamentally concerned only with material possession
KonMari encourages to you to throw out everything you own to the point where you are either left with nothing or you need to immediately buy new things
- Learn about some common KonMari missteps:
Skipping the step where you envision your ideal lifestyle and living environment
Forgetting to honor and acknowledge items for their usefulness especially when you are letting them go
Not completing all the categories
Thinking about storage and organization before the sorting is completed
Being overly concerned with the clutter of other people
See what Marie Kondo’s home really looks like:
Correction: It has come to our attention that the original article and photograph listed here was a parody article written for April Fool's Day and NOT a house tour of Marie Kondo's apartment. Photographs of Marie Kondo's home have not been made publicly available. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Read about what some critics say about the KonMari Method:
Why Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo is Wrong
Why I Absolutely Refuse to KonMari My Life
Does It Spark Joy is the Wrong Decluttering Question
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*
Our advice to a listener who asks how to address categories when you have items within a category in hard to get to places. Does not being able to completely sort by category mean you are not doing KonMari correctly?
“There’s no right number of things a person should have.”
“You can keep ALL of the shoes!”
“Time is the most important commodity as opposed to things.”
“You’re saying goodbye in a respectful way and you’re putting a positive message out there.”