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Have you ever Marie Kondo'd and regretted it?

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Aquitania Mon 22-Jan-18 21:01:40

I need to declutter and the internet raves about Konmarie being the magic bullet.

I am sceptical though - I'm sure I'd regret tossing some things. I'm currently wearing a pair of boots I'd not worn for over a decade but hung on to to in case they were useful one day - and they are!

Is everyone truly in rhapsodies about their new minimalist life, or has anyone ever regretted undertaking the process?

Rudolph85 Mon 22-Jan-18 21:04:38

I honestly thought her book was the biggest load of toot ever. I quite like the Minamilsts though.
I have missed a couple of items of clothing I gave away to charity shop.

Thebookswereherfriends Mon 22-Jan-18 21:18:51

I've done a bit of Marie London and I think it is useful way of looking at your things. Does something 'spark joy'? Does it feel like it improves your life? I find it makes me more considered when I'm buying things and less inclined to just hold onto things unless they have a specific place to live in your home.

ToadOfSadness Mon 22-Jan-18 21:38:17

The best thing I did was to dump the book, it is a waste of money. The poor woman is obsessed.

However, this does inspire me to have a clear out.

I keep things in the porch I am dumping for a while in case I change my mind about something and want to bring it back in, I have plenty to get rid of and want to be sure I am getting rid of the right stuff.

WineCheeseSleep Mon 22-Jan-18 21:58:00

It's not just about throwing things away though! If you went through her method you'd have gone through your boots, realised those ones 'sparked joy' and kept them. I think it's great, it's made a huge difference to me.

ToadOfSadness Mon 22-Jan-18 23:29:40

If I pick something up I know I am fed up with it and don't want it any more. I don't need a book to tell me how to decide.

If I am not sure I put it out and when the time comes to dump everything I know if I want it or not because I have been walking past it for a week or whatever.

I fold my clothes to suit my lifestyle, I don't need to be told how to fold my socks, I am old enough to know how to fit things neatly into a drawer.

That woman has made a fortune out of 'persuading' people to follow her way of doing things where a bit of common sense would have done just as well.

DressAndGo Mon 22-Jan-18 23:36:33

Kondo is not about getting rid of things.

Kondo is about keeping only those things that make you happy (or serve a needful purpose).

I love the method.

DressAndGo Mon 22-Jan-18 23:37:58

It's a different mindset. You have to be the one to decide whether to use it or not, not anyone else. Look into it - does it appeal? Does it work for you?

Charismam Mon 22-Jan-18 23:40:18

ABout two years ago I filled an entire skip and I regretted ONE thing. A pair of reebok black leather trainers. So I bought another pair. Small price to pay for the lack of clutter.

CheshireSplat Mon 22-Jan-18 23:40:58

The only thing I regretted was throwing away some old notepads that I didn't realise DH wanted to keep.

Was really pleased that I did the rest of the declutter.

Chchchchangeabout Mon 22-Jan-18 23:42:17

I found it meant I rediscovered things I loved but had lost in the clutter. I erred on the side of caution a little though, and then shed a bit more later. Not regretted anything so far.

Charismam Mon 22-Jan-18 23:42:44

i thought the book was funny in parts. Literally laugh out loud funny. The thoughts of her siblings asking ''where's that brown anorak I hardly ever wear?' and she'd just thrown it out without asking them!

MrGrumpy01 Mon 22-Jan-18 23:47:05

Unfortunately in the case of dh a 12 year old unread car magazine since then 'sparks joy'

The only thing I really took from it was to do things on a theme.

I am currently employing the 'do I really want to pay to move this' method. Working well, and will hopefully get rid of old broken shavers much better than MK ever could.

FluffyWuffy100 Mon 22-Jan-18 23:53:57

I found it really worked for me.

It showed me it was OK to get rid of nice things I never wore and not feel bad because they had fulfilled their purposes and I enjoyed buying them / wearing them to that one thing . whatever.

Also I got rid of all my old crappy underwear and got fewer items of nice new underwear. Why on earth was I wearing pants with holes in??

I also liked the category system e.g. do all toiletries together even tho they are spread throughout the house in several different places.

However I didn't follow it religiously and I 100% still have a 'stuff' drawer for random stuff.

I didn't bother e baying stuff, I knew it would just sit around for months.

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 23-Jan-18 00:21:18

Not exactly Marie Kondo but I still regret giving a pink crochet dress to a charity shop 25 years ago. The regret began a week after my clear out.
I also regret giving away my best jeans in a terrible wardrobe mix up and still have the pair that were intended to go. I've kept them as a reminder that careful hoarding isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Dowser Tue 23-Jan-18 00:36:53

Totally regret giving away Dh complete 32 or more terry Pratchet book collection.
What a stupid thing to do.
I took my kenwood food blender to a charity shop when ex husband left as I thought I wouldn’t need it ever again.
Luckily second husband came with kenwood mixer under his arm 😂

blackberryfairy Tue 23-Jan-18 00:53:53

dowser love the idea of replacing husband in order to get a new blendergrin

KenForPM Tue 23-Jan-18 02:17:16

The thing is, almost nothing I own “sparks joy”. So I’d end up chucking everything out by that method!!
I’ve seen before and after photos, and ironically the after photos look totally joyless to me. I don’t really like the completely minimalist look, there’s no personality about it/no “this is me and I live here”. It all ends up looking much of a muchness.
I am a very messy person, but there’s no way I’d “Kondo” everything.

shortgreengiraffe Tue 23-Jan-18 07:04:23

The questions you need to ask are:

Do I need it?
Do I use it?
Do I love it?

And if the answer is no, off it goes.

Saying that my house is still full of stuff I don't need, use or love but I can dream.

Gladiola44 Tue 23-Jan-18 07:08:26

Kondo method is a load of rubbish and I do think it promotes a disposable culture where things can be constantly replaced. Like she says if something is worth under £20 to chuck it because you can buy it again. No wonder we have so much in landfill!

MaisyPops Tue 23-Jan-18 07:18:59

It feels a bit style over substance. Kondo followers seem to me to have an odd pride in how little they have which is up there witj people taking pride in being a morning person.

I like the principle 'would i buy this again' and 'have i used/worn this in a year'. But I accidentlu threw my favourite floaty shirt away in my pre Christmas sort out and am still devestated about it. Probably wouldn't have happened if i hadnt been sorting

Ilovetolurk Tue 23-Jan-18 07:47:19

Not sure about that site ToadOfSadness

Have just looked at his 15 tips and he recommends putting away kitchen appliances when not using which apparently takes 6 seconds

Clearly never been in a my kitchen where there’s not a hope in hell of a putting away place for the toaster

And putting dirty clothes straight down the clothes chute

I wonder if this is like the bad egg chute where the boiler is fired up twice a week

Charismam Tue 23-Jan-18 08:00:50

Wow harriersculenberg! The anti-kondo philosophy!

I know what you all mean though. You have to do a more relaxed version of MK in real life. Eg, she is so anti storage and maybe in japan the weather is the same all year round I am clueless about that.... but where i live it could be 2 degrees or 26 degrees and it could be icy or rainy or dry. I go out. I stay in. I dress up. I stay the same size for decades.. I should keep clothes and coats if I want ti but MKing, and then thinking about it afterwards made me want to get better wardrobes and fitt3d wardrobes in kids' rooms too. And I know she thinks great wardrobes are just going to encourage hoarding!
I buy less since MKing though.
Saving for fitted wardrobes!!

TillyTheTiger Tue 23-Jan-18 08:08:04

I've only konmaried my wardrobe so far and it's made me much happier, in that it's so easy to find things to wear now because I already know everything in there looks nice on me. Also the method of vertically folding all your clothes is brilliant, my drawers are a thing of beauty. I can't get beyond step one because the next step is books and I have hundreds, I'm sure some of them I'll never read again and should get rid of but I can't bring myself to do it!

kokosnuss Tue 23-Jan-18 08:08:07

I'm not familiar with the book but it sounds like what I do - I'm fairly brutal and get rid of stuff unless it's useful or sentimental. I have a one bed flat so there's kind of an imperative there to keep clutter down.

People with space, e.g. storage in a spare room, could perhaps move all the 'maybe's into there, with a resolution to review it all in say, 6 months? If it's not been used by then, chuck?

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