Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo created the KonMari Method for tidying up. Her advice became a hit sensation after she wrote a best-selling book and even starred in a Netflix show called “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." The KonMari Method is now a worldwide trend, with many people turning to social media to share their home transformations.
Anyone who wants to tidy up their home can use the KonMari Method, but it can be especially useful for active adults who want to downsize into new homes or move forward with retirement plans. The KonMari Method guides homeowners to only keep the possessions they truly love, which leads to a smaller and more meaningful collection of items that can fit in a new home with ease.
We’re breaking down the KonMari Method step-by-step so you can downsize your home and transition into retirement with happiness.
Downsizing with The KonMari Method
The KonMari Method differs from traditional organization advice in a few ways. First, instead of cleaning room-by-room or little-by-little, you clean by category. Second, you choose what to keep, not what to throw away.
Active adults can use this method to downsize their homes as efficiently as possible. After homeowners sort through their possessions and only keep the items they truly love, it means they only have to move the items they truly love. This saves a lot of time and hassle when moving while decreasing the stress surrounding a big move. To follow The KonMari Method to downsize your home, you must adopt the six basic rules of tidying up.
Rule 1: Commit Yourself to Tidying Up
To finish the KonMari Method, you must commit to completing the process, understanding that it can take weeks to sort through everything and that it can even be an emotional process. For any active adults planning to downsize in the next few years, it will likely be worth the effort when you move only your most valued possessions into your new home.
There’s no better time than the present to start The KonMari Method, especially if you know you want to move to an active adult community in the next few years. But if you’ve already set the date for your move, it might be helpful to set a date for when you want to finish decluttering, too.
Try to pick a date at least two weeks to a month before your move date. That way, you will finish The KonMari Method with far fewer possessions and still plenty of time to pack everything before the move. You might find yourself amazed at how much easier it is to pack after you’ve decluttered all of your possessions.
Rule 2: Imagine Your Ideal Lifestyle
To help you commit to the process, consider how The KonMari Method can help you achieve your ideal downsized lifestyle. Think about the home and the active adult community you’ve chosen. Visualize the way you want to live and feel when you move to your ideal active adult community. Recognize that the KonMari Method might be just the thing to create a turning point in your life and help you reach your ideal lifestyle.
Many active adults move into 55+ communities so they can spend more time enjoying the hobbies they love. When you downsize into your new home with only the possessions you love most, you will have a cleaner and more organized home. You can spend less time cleaning and organizing excessive items and spend more time enjoying your active lifestyle.
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