The Effects of KonMari Method

Mar 22, 2019 | Live, Only Berlin

The Effects of KonMari Method

A few months ago when Marie Kondo became an instant celebrity because of her Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” about half of my friends were into the KonMari Method.

Out of curiosity, I Googled Marie Kondo and a few of her ” that sparks joy” works. Initially, I wasn’t impressed. As I told my friend, I have been tidy with my things and our house for years. What perhaps seems unique was the way this best-selling author and acclaimed tidying expert folds clothes. Rather than laying things flat in a drawer, the clothes stand upright. And the more folds there are, the less wrinkled the items will be.

I still didn’t follow such a principle. This mother felt she was too occupied with her five boys and household chores to rearrange things in the dresser.

Until I saw myself attending the “Applying Konmari and Montessori at Home Workshop.”

I was so confused that day I would want to divert my thoughts into something else. An invitation to attend the workshop surfaced, and so I went.

The next thing I know, I am eager to choose and welcome joy into my life the KonMari way.

KonMari your Bag

The Effects of KonMari Method

The Effects of KonMari Method

Leading the participants determine if such item sparks joy is KonMari consultant-in-training Renelyn Tan-Castillejos. She first asked us to remove everything inside our bag. She mentioned that the best way to start the KonMari Method is in our bag. The items inside our purse reveal a whole lot about our personality – from our cleaning habits to our preparedness. So we were asked to take out everything and throw items we think we no longer need and do not spark joy.

I didn’t throw anything at first. For me, the pantyliner, nail cutter, and other things (I seldom use) found in my bag measure my preparedness for unforeseen circumstances. But I later grasped the idea that what I must hold on to are things that matter. That way, I will not only be able to live life lighter but also happier.

The Effects of KonMari Method

The very same effect Castillejos experienced the first time she embraced the KonMari Method. She considered it as life-changing that she wants to share it with everyone. The KonMari Method made her husband and herself “more peaceful, more loving, and kinder.” She thought that “if more of us try to live with important things, then maybe, the world would become kinder and more peaceful, too.

Castillejos showed through example the difference between cleaning and tidying. She likewise stressed how tidying could change lives, starting with our own. Thus, the whole what’s inside my bag activity.

As Castillejos pretty much tackled some KonMari Methods, I will focus on the effects of tidying.

See the Essentials

I agree with Castillejos that the beauty of tidying goes beyond a clean home. [tweetshareinline tweet=”Once we remove the clutter, we tend to see the essentials.” username=”IfZgcz8ZKo14VSCu3y8ejhrBGaCG*R!N:1:0″] We are filled only with the things we genuinely cherish and value, thus making us happy. And that happiness radiates within us spreads like a virus until everyone is beaming with delight.

Strength to Transform Life

Being surrounded with everything that brings joy, you are all the more eager to embrace further challenges. This eagerness comes from your desire for greater self-discovery and fulfillment. With a joyous spirit, your aim for a vibrant home and a less dramatic relationship, until your principles and perspective are transformed positively.

Embrace your Ideal Lifestyle

The Effects of KonMari Method

The Effects of KonMari Method

With an objective to be surrounded with things that spark joy, you become accustomed to the idea of happiness. Decision-making isn’t confusing anymore as you are confident to gear towards everything that brings joy. Happiness becomes your lifestyle that complicated, unruly thoughts and practices aren’t welcome.

Spark Joy

As the KonMari Method becomes your state of mind and way of life, you begin to cherish things and relationships that spark joy. You are your optimistic self, always seeing the silver lining even in the most gruesome things.

Castillejos named her KonMari consultancy Yorokobi which means “joy” in Japanese. After all, the core principle of the KonMari method is to hold on to things that spark joy. And Castillejos radiates this cheerful and very calming personality in her every word spoken and action taken.

The Impact of KonMari Method to Momi Berlin

Here I am in my room, first time to do the KonMari Method. This method is far from giving me the illusion of perfection. It helps me understand and see that [tweetshareinline tweet=”a happy life is possible despite the absence of abundance, luxury, and glitter” username=”IfZgcz8ZKo14VSCu3y8ejhrBGaCG*R!N:1:0″].

Before I end this narrative, allow me to share with you a few inspiring phrases I learned from Castellejos.


On letting go

Konmari isn’t throwing things away; it is letting go of items that don’t serve life’s purpose.

Do not wait for a slimmer you to wear that fab dress. Give it away if it’s too small. You might not lose weight anyway. But if you do, celebrate and buy new clothes.

If they do not spark joy, declutter and let them go

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On spaces

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Don’t make a museum out of your home.


On the now

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On your identity

Find your inner you; you need not copy other’s house.

On practicality

Want to start the KonMari Method? Do not buy new containers and drawers, learn to repurpose things.


On influencing others

Do not force the KonMari Method to loved ones. Just do it for yourself. Your happiness will radiate, and others will see the glow in you. That’s the time they will be interested in trying the method as well.


On you

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The Effects of KonMari Method


  1. Farhanna Kabalu

    Thank you for sharing this Momi Berlin. Kahit di kami nakapunta sa workshop, you aleady gave us insights about this Konmari Method. I will apply this too.

  2. purpleinsomniac123

    thank you for sharing this, andaming inspiring quotes. I was strucked especially dun sa do not force the konmari method to loved ones because most of the times I get stressed out if I am organized and people in the house are not. Pero tama pala i just need to continue doing it myself and probably if they see that I am happy with it, they will soon follow 🙂

  3. Fully Housewifed! (@fullyhousewifed)

    I’m a minimalist by nature, but having sons and keeping the house tidy don’t match, haha! I do try to keep it tidy around here and have applied konmari on our clothes. i just find it very challenging to maintain.

  4. Gabby Villanueva

    Thank u for sharing this mamshie
    Maganda pla ang effect ng Konmari method. Naaaply mo talaga sya sa everyday routine bilang nanay. I apply this para maaus ko din ang mga gamit na hindi Naman na kailangan.
    Fb: Ma Theresa Priela

  5. julie tagum olleres

    super thank moms heheh nung nkita koto sa fb ginwa ko agad e hahaha nkkainggit kc ms masrap tignan kpag nka ayus tlg sa tambg lagayan suler thank momsh for sharing

  6. Queenie Gallardo

    The best way to start the KonMari method is in our bag, sisimulan ko na nga po sa aking bag hehe, tama din when we remove the clutter we tend to see the essentials, sa bahy kasi pag naglilinis kami bawas gamit bawas abubot, dun ko nakikita ay may ganitobpala ko kaya maganda tlaga na nakikita mo ang gamit mo hindi nakatago, and the best dito sa nabasa ko A happy life is possible despite the absence of abundance, Luxury, glitter. Maraming paraan para maging masaya hundi lang puro pera at luho


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