If you have been on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Netflix, seen the news, watched a morning talk or news show, read a magazine, or listened to the radio recently, you have to have heard the name “Marie Kondo” at least once. Do you still have no clue about this interesting woman? Don’t worry, you will now.
Marie Kondo is taking living rooms across the country by storm, figuratively and physically. Also known as KonMari, she is a Japanese organizing specialist, author of four books, and the star of Netflix’s captivating series, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Marie is inspiring people around the world to get rid of their unused possessions for a cleaner, more efficient lifestyle. She has gone viral on multiple media platforms because her simplifying methods can be applied to numerous stressful situations, the moving and home buying process included.
Devote a Significant Amount of Time
When deciding whether to buy or build a home, you need to spend a large portion of time doing adequate research, discussing budgets, figuring out what is a dealbreaker for your new home, and forming a schedule.
KonMari advises setting a specific amount of time apart, either a full day or a weekend, to focus solely on getting done what you need to do. Splitting your time apart or trying to multitask will distract you from reaching each of your goals, leading to counterproductivity.
Imagine What You Need
Kondo is very into visualizing your ideal life. She finds that you will be better equipped to complete the organizing process if you establish why you are organizing your home, what organizing will do for your lifestyle, and how you will keep it tidy after.
The same can be translated to moving and buying or building a home; you need to ask yourself why you are looking for a new home, if you truly need a new home, what is a dealbreaker for your new home, how a new home will affect your daily life, and what will a new home can provide for you.
Figure Out What You Dislike
In Marie’s model, her third step is discarding what is unnecessary and asking yourself, “does this item spark joy in your life?” By asking this question, the client considers their item’s purpose and use.
When you are considering moving, it is very likely that your current home is not suitable for you anymore and most likely is making you unhappy. By measuring the pros and cons of your current home, you can realize the problems that need to be corrected in your next home.
4. Break Down What You Need For Your New Home
The Kondo method breaks down the organizing process by taking out everything that relates to one category and organizing it together as one, instead of organizing each room individually, which is how most people tend to organize. For example, Kondo will have a client take out all of their shoes and choose which to keep from the pile. The client will then discard what is left over.
This same method will assist you in breaking down your list of home criteria and measuring the importance of each non-related category, such as budget, location, bedrooms, bathrooms, size, style, and environment. You will be more effective using this process and will be able to weigh each category while learning which are most important to you for your new home.
Follow Marie Kondo’s Method When You Pack Up To Move
- Set a specific week or weekend to do all of your packings. By organizing yourself and making a schedule, you are positioning yourself to pack quicker and more efficiently.
- Envision the life you want in your new home and the items you need for it. By having a vision, it will be easier for you to keep and get rid of your possessions based on how they align with your goal.
- Get rid of unnecessary items you won’t need in your new home. Items that don’t have a function, besides adding to the mess, should be thrown away or donated immediately.
- Put leftover items in a specific category (kitchenware, antiques, shoes, pants, shirts, toiletries, curtains, bed sheets, etc.) together in one spot and choose what items you don’t have a use for anymore. Put the remaining items in boxes. Don’t organize a full room of unrelated items because everything will seem crucial to the collection of the room. You are trying to organize which items are crucial to the collection of related items, and not the other way around.
- Follow Marie’s order of tidying to place items in boxes. Sentimental items are purposely placed last because you will spend the most time sifting through them.
- Examine whether to keep an item by whether it sparks joy. When an item makes you happy, you most likely choose to use it more in your daily activities. The joy concept naturally and subconsciously rules out items you will never use.
The biggest component of Marie Kondo’s philosophy is that her system needs to be obeyed well. Once you decide that you’re ready to build a brand new home, you can contact Harbor Classic Homes. We will help you pick from one of our fantastic home plans, choose a location, and discuss every aspect of the home construction process with us.
Together, we will customize the original base plan to accommodate the needs of your family so that it aligns with your vision. We can add more rooms, merge rooms, add bathrooms, or add a larger laundry room. If you can dream it up, we can very likely do it!
Once we break ground on your new home, our home builder or project supervisor in charge will update you regularly on the building process until you move in. We won’t stop working hard until you have an interior and exterior that you love!
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