The KonMari Method took the world by storm a couple of years ago. I've watched tons of Youtube videos of people decluttering their closets and lives with this method, but I myself was never too keen on it. I still think that it's a great way to declutter and live more simplified life, but it just doesn't work for me.
I've never read the actual book (I am very picky with my reads) but I know enough about the method to see that it won't work for me. Here is the KonMari Method statement.
The KonMari Method™ is a way of life and a state of mind that encourages cherishing the things that spark joy in people’s lives.
Belongings are acknowledged for their service and thanked before being let go of, if they no longer spark joy.
And here is why it doesn't work for me:
- KonMari Method is way too "materialistic" for me. Cherishing things? Acknowledging things for their service? Thanking things? That is definitely not something I believe in.
Minimalism for me is practicing non-atttachment to things. It's letting go of things because they are just that - things. When I get attached to things and I cherish things I definitely am not living mindfully - I am living materialistically. And I am not bout that life. Even if I only have few possessions - if I cherish them, I am still a materialist.
- KonMari Method decluttering follows the rule of "if things don't spark joy - they can be rid of". This is very similar to my first reason, but I don't judge my things by the amount of joy they spark, I judge them by their usefulness. If I use things - I keep them, if I don't - I let them go.
Things shouldn't bring joy - people bring joy, memories do. And if some things are associated with good memories that's great - but remember that things were only secondary in those memories - feelings and people were probably the main factor of the said joy.