This past semester, I wrote a piece on my experience going minimalist in college. Since then, I have been researching more and have discovered a variety of types of minimalism stretching many across cultures. From the simplistic rules of L’art de la Simplicité to the gentle intensity of Swedish death cleaning, there is a path for every person looking to become minimalistic. The one that stuck out the most to me was the KonMari method.
Perhaps the most well known of the minimalistic methods, KonMari is actually the nickname of Marie Kondo, the Japanese author of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In that book, she explains her methods for cleaning up her space and the magic of choosing items to buy and to keep based not just on their innate value, but on the joy they bring to the possessor. Her method is more than just bringing down the number of things you have cluttered into your space, it's about learning about what you really need in life.
There are six "rules" to the method; however, they are fluid and can be up to interpretation. They are more like guideposts to direct the experience of KonMari than anything else.
Rule 1: Commit to tidying up
Before any progress can be made, you have to really decide to put in the work. It isn't something you can go into halfheartedly; it's a change of habits, and it'll take more than regular cleaning.
Rule 2: Imagine your ideal lifestyle
What kind of life do you want to live? Knowing what you want is one of the most important aspects of deciding what brings joy to your life, and determining a lifestyle goal puts you on to certain aesthetics.
Rule 3: Finish discarding first
Don't attempt to just reorganize and store away items. Disposing of items you don't need is the only way to get tidy and stay tidy, so be ready to part with some things.
Rule 4: Tidy by category, not by location
The KonMari method recommends setting out everything you own, then sorting through each thing by where it works. Rather than starting somewhere and having stacks of misplaced items, organization can start from a blank canvas.