Ep 41 | How to Maintain a Tidy Home Post-KonMari

June 12th, 2018 · 24 mins 25 secs

About this Episode

Spark Joy co-hosts and KonMari Consultants, Karin and Kristyn, answer common questions related to maintaining a tidy home and lifestyle.

In this episode we'll explore the maintenance aspect of the tidying process and reassure you that permanently tidy home is not only a possibility, but certainly attainable with some hard work upfront.

Note: We recommend you listen to this episode if you're at the tail end or end of your KonMari tidying journey. We're providing these recommendations with the assumption that you’ve completed tidying across all categories. This is when the magic of maintaining the lifestyle truly shines!

If you're just getting started with KonMari or need a refresher, we recommend you head over to Episode 1: KonMari 101 prior to listening to this episode.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • Joy Checks: Karin prepares for an upcoming long weekend in PA and Kristyn's parents enjoy visiting her new tidy apartment in Chicago.

  • We answer five common questions associated with maintaining a tidy lifestyle:

  1. My KonMari event is complete. What now?
    Ref: Episode 5: The KonMari Lifestyle

  2. What should you do when your home feels cluttered all of a sudden and you feel like you’ve relapsed?
    Ref: Episode 39: Closet Joy Part II: Build Your Capsule Wardrobe

  3. How do I handle items I come across that, over time, seem to be losing their joy value?

  4. What do you do when things are crossing the threshold of your home and they don’t have a designated place rest?
    Ref: Episide 31: Shopaholic No More

  5. How often should I joy check?

  • We conclude this episode with five tips that will help you get back to KonMari basics:
  1. Recall and reconsider the vision of your ideal life and express appreciation for items that no longer serve your vision and send them on to their next life.

  2. Reset your home to zero by setting everything back into place and make adjustments as needed

  3. Consider whether the items you love and use are stored in their best permanent home

  4. Ensure your shopping decision making criteria isn’t conflicting with your ability to handle any influx of new clutter

  5. Joy check as needed or desired based on the natural life cycle of items in your home


"Celebrate and appreciate the joy that surrounds you and the vision of your ideal lifestyle."

"We hope that post-konmari, you're able to happily allow family and friends to enjoy each other and create happy memories.

"The reality is, things in your home will get out of order KonMari or no KonMari."

"Rebound is the state where things without a designated storage place begin to crowd your home all over again."

"Establish a pattern of expressing appreciation as you finish using or wearing an item."

"KonMari is a method or approach or mental model that you can always fall back on in times of transition."

You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home

You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy