Ramadan is all about self-discipline and improvement, so for the next couple of weeks, I’ll be following the lessons and tips taught in Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. And hopefully, I’ll be able to not only change the visual look of my home, but spark some joy in a new passion.
Ramadan is officially over, as of June 15, but I’ve still been following the ways of The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. After all of the prep that we did, it’s now time to clean up and I felt like I couldn’t really comment on this until I finished tidying up.
Before we get to my experiences, let’s learn more about how to clean. From chapters 4 to 8, the manga focuses on tidying up certain areas in your life. The first one, aka Chapter 4, is all about clothing. KonMari suggests doing this one first, since it’s the easiest one to complete. Clothing, for me, isn’t something I have a lot of since I do a seasonal or yearly purge of what I have every so often. Plus, I don’t actually buy a lot of clothes. I like to keep things simple in that regards.
So how do you tidy up your closet and drawers that house your clothes? You take everything out and make a pile in whatever room you’d like. In the manga, Chiaki does this and KonMari then drops a bombshell. If you find something later on that isn’t in your pile, then you should discard them out. Chiaki, like most, immediately looks for the rest of their clothing. KonMari isn’t doing this to be malicious, but to help you be serious about this moment
As for the pile, the reason for it is that it’s easier to clean if everything is together. If you clean your closet and then your drawers, but find something that is meant to be in your closet, then you’ll never actually end up finishing what you’re trying to clean.
As we learned before, the goal here is to keep what brings you joy and discard what doesn’t. Again, be practical when it comes here. Don’t throw out your winter jacket during winter just because it doesn’t spark joy. That’s just crazy. Also, don’t throw out everything, because then you won’t be able to leave the house and you’ll end up looking like Blue Snow.