MARIE KONDO AND MINIMALISM | THE DIFFERENCES OF KONMARI



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Before I say anything else, I love Marie Kondo! I learned so much through the Konmari method, but with that being said, there were also a few things that looking back, I would do differently going into my minimalist practices when starting Konmari.

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36 thoughts on “MARIE KONDO AND MINIMALISM | THE DIFFERENCES OF KONMARI”

  1. I think a more philosophical approach is what sparks joy for the person you want to be. I’m completely with you on work clothes. I want to look more respectable and I want different clothes that go well together.

    One good thing about those simple tips you threw away: at least they’re simple clothes that seem easy and cheap to replace.

  2. I agree that sometimes your need to take two or so items and put them together to spark joy, that by themselves, they don't. I found this to be true when decorating a room or an area, such as a display cabinet. Sometimes a grouping of items sparks joy, where alone the one item doesn't.

  3. I disagree with some of this. Even basics can spark joy and should in my world. My basics are soft and comfy and spark a warm snuggly kind of joy. There are many ways to spark joy and practicality and joy can unite in a single item. I have never regretted anything I got rid of using the Konmari method

  4. I find this to be VERRRY complicated for me. The reason being is that if find that it isn’t the things I own that don’t spark joy. The lack of joy I have is because it is too much for the space I’ve been trying to get the hell out of for an eternity and it’s getting. To late in my life to bother buying a home so, I may be stuck in this crevice. The lack of joy comes from the fact that I’d purchased things like fish sets when others were also doing so, but now that most people love eating off of paper plates, it’s not likely that I’ll ever use them. That the many suits I’ve bought are mostly timeless in style, so, I thought they were a good investment, until people switched to showing up at work in the same thing they take out the trash in.

    I well-realize I’m stuck on a time warp and can’t seem to let go but, if I disposed of or donated a good portion of what I own, it feels like years wasted, working for nothing at most jobs I’d rather have not been at.

    I don’t say all of this to be a Debbie Downer but, because I’m sure I’m not the only one in my shoes. Holding onto things isn’t always caused by plain inability to let go. I also don’t like wasted money and years. Yes, sometimes I’d rather be more like all of the people I see who are easy come, easy go. They don’t care about much, including their own time and it’s tough to visualize that they ever had any life goals either. They often don’t seem to appreciate much, because it never made a difference in the first place.

    I have recently looked at pictures of my living quarters from a few years ago and it was less cluttered than it is now. But, I’m not sure that I will gain much satisfaction from deciding that I’m stuck here, so disposing of much of what I have will bring me happiness. For me, unfortunately, it would bring more into focus that the majority of my life is spent working, surviving and not doing much of anything else. I work as a creative but, haven’t had enough time to spend on my personal creative work that I actually care about. I do, however, work very hard towards being grateful that I have a decently paying job, with very nice coworkers. But, when I come home, other than my 2 angels (my cats), I see a life left behind in the fray of what other people wanted from my life.

  5. The "spark joy" thing is good for sentimental items and statement pieces of your wardrobe or decoration items for your home.

    I mean… none of my socks sparks joy, but I still keep them anyway. How does a sock, a cami top, or a hair elastic spark joy? Haha sometimes you just have to keep the things you need even if they make you indifferent.

  6. Like you, I discovered Marie Kondo’s ‘ ‘ The life-changing…’ book which first opened my door to downsizing but some of the rituals that she had done like thanking the house I really didn’t do and you are right , the criteria of ‘spark joy’ cannot just be my guiding force as my medical records certainly doesn’t spark joy with me , yet I have to keep them for reference purposes.( I had a massive brain injury four years ago and since then confined to a wheelchair ) I have to watch other YouTubers ( like yours) and read other books to set my own rules

  7. I agree with your views. KonMari is a place to begin, or a layer for getting your possessions under control. A question to ask would be "does keeping this item(s) hinder my overall goal?" One thing is certain, this over consumerism has made us into a thoughtless and overwhelmed society. But there is hope…and people are waking up thanks to channels like this. 🙂

  8. but konmari really doesn’t have anything to do with minimalism. according to minimalism i should get rid of most of my books since i don’t really need them, but konmari says keep them an treasure them if they spark joy. that’s what i like about konmari. i don’t need to be absolutly minimal but just discard things i don’t need or want in my life.

  9. Omg! Yes, a criticism to Konmari. This is why I didn't read her book tbh. I read the synopsis, and then I watched your video on a book by Fumio Sasaki. I was glad to have read it and made it my guideline to decluttering instead. Next book? Everything that Remains by the Minimalists.

  10. Very well summarized! I was thinking about that the other day, my mum always bought me practical/ good quality things that lasted for years and now I finally understand the concept and I’m coming back to a life of simplicity and practicality.

  11. But joy also means comfort…so maybe the black plain t-shirt does not spark joy but sparks comfort so THAT for me is joy! Or as you said it matches with everything and that is also joy…I think people need to learn to identify joy.

  12. Yes I agree, I enjoyed Mari Kondo's book but feel like the spark joy method is a little simplistic. I hate my work uniform – but i have to wear it, can't just throw that one out because it doesnt spark joy! And alot of hoarder type people might say that all those piles of old newspapers that are blocking their hallways bring them joy!
    I really feel minimalism is about more then just tidying up – its a mind shift change where you start to realise that you really don't need all the stuff society tells you you should have to be happy.

  13. I think kon Mari is a stepping stone for decluttering for your average person which isnt bad but I think minimalism is a lifestyle shift on a greater scale yes its abt items that bring you joy but it's about what's useful as well in general what are you actually using so that's beyond just joy. Minimalism would be the next step if you're looking to go deeper I'd say just offhand. I want to watch her show nonetheless it sounds pretty cool and shes helping people where they are. Shes making it fun which is nice.

  14. I really liked this video and I agree with your points. I found it helpful to put two or more peices together to find that Spark Joy outfit and add it to my capsule wardrobe. I found it easier to pile cloths according to season and then work one season at a time to apply a minimalist approach and then place cloths away KonMarie style . By piling everything into separate season categories in one place can help you visually see the ratio of clothing from one season to the other and help you determine where you can scale back or identify current and/or future needs. This hybrid approach definately worked for me and I like this video because it identifies how both methods can work to achieve a minimalist approach with some Spark Joy. 😁

  15. I agree Kon Mari is good for inspiration but I needed more decluttering. She puts order to disorder but living minimally is quite a difference. I have a capsule wardrobe and I love it especially because I deal with chronic illness. If I kept everything that sparked joy, I don't know what I would have done with my closet. I made a journal with a color scheme for my clothes. I then took into account my lifestyle and temp where I live. I only keep out 1 season at a time. The rest gets stored under the bed. Also, I think Mari doesn't address not bringing more stuff into your house. It is good for organizatjonalctips but you really have to get into why you shop, why you have too much stuff and what you want to do with your time and energy when u stop shopping.

  16. First I really liked Konmari, BUT ….after being on the minimalist path for some time now, it seems to be a very superficial approach. 
    My personal reasons for becoming a minimalist, are just so much more broad. My focus is more on trying to live a more sustainable life, not using more resources than necessary, not being wasteful. The more books I have read about this topic, the more Konmari strikes me as just being an organizing consultant. Now that's not a bad thing, but not the core of minimalism (for me ). Btw, I am well aware, that she does not call herself a minimalist.

  17. Yes, this! I JUST realized this myself (and blogged about it) last week. It was a big cause of why I was having trouble with my wardrobe and gave me a huge breakthrough when I realized. I also realized that at the point going through everything while it's hanging by category and color rather than dumping it in one big pile a la KonMari gave me a better idea of the gaps in my wardrobe (and what I have too much of.)

  18. I think “plain” or “classic” pieces can definitely spark joy!! If not, it’s possible, that they are not your true style. I love my jeans & my black or white tees. I love lace pieces too. Finding your style is a process, especially when you are on a tight budget. But it’s worth it. Great video!!

  19. At first I didn't get Kondo then it just clicked. I listened to her book many times in the car. The thing that pushes me this year is that she insists "once you put your house in order the real magic begins" – so inspiring!

  20. My motto is: Things must bring
    me joy but if something is not
    used in a two to three week
    period out it goes. Usually
    pass things onto friends.
    They love it. But this is based
    on my four seasons wardrobe.
    No longer have to worry about
    work clothes. Retired last year.
    But still dress casual smart.
    Think people nowadays are
    a bit besotted by Con Marie
    Instead of using their own
    instinct or common sense.

  21. For me, the KonMari Method helped me get rid of the stuff that made me feel bad, and left me with "good bones" to rebuild my wardrobe with. I guess it depends on the person. Thank you for this insight! ♥

  22. Before konmari declutter person should imagine desirable lifestyle. So if a desirable lifestyle is being minimalist and having functional wardrobe, maybe it would help items that fit that description spark joy?
    …I find that for me the hardest thing is having a clear vision before decluttering😅

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