KonMari Method

I’m going to start the KonMari method today. (From The Live-Changing Magic of Tidying Up)

Meaning, first sort my clothes.

Then my books…


If I get to my books today, it’ll be an achievement.


Basically just gather everything, and decide “Do I love this?”, “Does it bring me joy?”, if not then get rid of it. 🙂

For the first Category Clothes, KonMari Method dictates that, if you have to much clothes to put on your floor, do sub-categories (but you need to do it all at once)

KonMari Tidying Category Sequence

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Komono (miscellany)
  5. Mementos


  1. Tops (shirts, sweaters, etc.)
  2. Bottoms (pants, skirts, etc.)
  3. Clothes that should be hung (jackets, coats, suits, etc.)
  4. Socks
  5. Underwear
  6. Bags (handbags, messenger bags, etc.)
  7. Accessories (scarves, belts, hats, etc.)
  8. Clothes for specific events (swimsuits, kimonos, uniforms, etc.)
  9. Shoes


Marie recommends discarding most papers, except those that fall onto one of three categories.

  1. Currently in use
  2. Needed for a limited period of time
  3. Must be kept indefinitely.

Don’t confuse this category with mementos. Marie then goes on to explain her simple 2 categories filing system.

  1. Papers to be saved. – She recommends a vertical organizer, and to keep this category of papers in one spot.
  2. Papers that need to be dealt with. – Further dividing them by frequency of use.

2.1. Infrequently used papers. – Recommends just a single ordinary clear plastic folder without further organization.

2.2. Frequently used papers. – Recommends inserting them into book-like pages of a clear plastic file folder. Reducing the volume of this category is key to organizing your papers.


She then talks about papers are organize into only 3 categories.

  1. Needs attention.
  2. Should be saved (contractual adocuments)
  3. Should be saved (others)

Common Papers

  • Manuals, get rid of them. You don’t need them. You can usually download the manual online, or find the answers via Google.
  • Warranties, keep it all together in clear plastic folder.
  • Credit card statements, trash.
  • Used Checkbooks, trash.
  • Pay slips, trash.