Embarking on a kitchen remodel is an exciting home improvement project, and the perfect time to reassess your kitchen clutter. Work with a great kitchen designer, such as The Brighton Kitchen Company, and you’ll be able to make the most of space and create adequate storage to help keep your kitchen clutter free.
Unfortunately, keeping your home free of clutter isn’t just about clever storage space. The art of tidying up and keeping your home free of clutter is all about letting go, and categorising and storing the belongings you love most.
According to renowned Japanese cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo, if you are serious about turning your home into a stylish, tidy haven, then forget the cupboard-by-cupboard approach to decluttering.
Many of us go through the process of tidying and decluttering with good intentions. But, why is that within weeks, the clutter begins to resurface? TheKonMari method claims to have all the answers.
Read on to find out more about the KonMari method to keep your kitchen tidy and clutter free forever more.
Who is Marie Kondo?
Marie Kondo is an acclaimed author and lifestyle consultant. Kondo is “dedicated to organizing the world and sparking joy in people’s lives.” Her passion for tidying began as a child when she found satisfaction in tidying and organising her belongings. She started her business as a 19-year-old university student living in Tokyo, where she set out on a mission to help people transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.
Marie’s KonMari Method™ of decluttering and organising is now an international phenomenon. Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a New York Times best seller. Over 4 million copies have been sold worldwide!
What is the KonMari method?
Kondo claims that her tidying method changes lives forever. The KonMari tidying method is based on the idea that you only hold onto items that “bring joy.” Following a purge, Kondo provides clear directions on how to store belongings in a way that makes them easily accessible and hard to mess up.
Kondo acknowledges that the biggest problem people face when throwing things out and putting belongings in the right place is the necessity to jump through some psychological hoops. It’s a barrier for many in the decluttering process.
This behaviour has been widely researched and reported – it’s known as the ‘sunk cost fallacy.’ When we’ve poured a financial investment into something, we find it hard to let go, despite the fact that the purchase is having no positive effect on our lives. Sunk cost fallacy is primarily a phrase used to describe the irrational motivations in business. It’s the idea that a business or organisation is more likely to continue with a project if they have invested a lot of time, money or effort in it, even if continuing is not the best thing to do. The same economic irrationality applies to the investments we make in our belongings at home.
The KonMari method asks us to reflect on whether or not a belonging continues to spark joy. It essentially detaches us from the financial investment we have made, or of any connection we make about why we should hang onto a belonging. According to Kondo, we should only keep the things that bring us happiness.
It’s no wonder many of Kondo’s followers claim some sort of life affirming transformation. The KonMari method leads to a realisation of the kinds of things you want to surround yourself with and what your idea of happiness really is.
4 KonMari tips to keep your new kitchen clutter free
A kitchen remodel brings a whole lot of new, cleverly designed storage space. The temptation is to hang on to old kitchen clutter and add even more. We are lulled into thinking if we have the extra space, why not use it!
Installing a brand new kitchen into your home is the perfect opportunity to take stock of your life, your belongings and create a home you will love to spend time in. Here’s how.
1. Focus on ease of cleaning, not ease of use
Something Kondo noticed in professional kitchens was the ability for chefs to clear up and clean down as they cooked. The professional kitchen is designed to prevent a build-up of dirty dishes, with a focus on ease of cleaning to keep countertops clear. If you want a kitchen you can enjoy cooking in, make it one that is easy to clean.
2. Keep worktops as clean and clear as possible
Design your kitchen storage so there’s nothing, or very little on the kitchen counters. It makes the kitchen a much easier space to work in. What you keep on your counters also has a psychological impact on the way you eat. Keep the biscuit tin and toaster on display, and you’ll eat more biscuits and toast. Keep a bowl of fruit, or a smoothie machine, on the worktop, and you are much more likely to grab a healthy snack.
3. It’s ok to have lots of kitchen stuff
Kondo isn’t overly concerned about the amount of kitchen stuff we have, so long as it’s useful and bringing joy. Despite her minimalist tendencies, Kondo is fine with the kitchen having lots of stuff, so long as it is categorised and organised in an efficient way. It’s important when you are working in the kitchen that you know where everything is, and it is easy to grab what you need.
4. Cut down on dishes
Most of us have a cupboard full of serving dishes and crockery we reserve for special occasions and special guests. Kondo argues we should make the dishes we love, the ones we use every day.
Why not bring a bit of KonMari magic into your kitchen space!