Intuition, De-cluttering, and Marie Kondo

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines INTUITION as ” a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why”.

Marie Kondo and her famous KonMari method is all about intuition.  If the item ‘sparks joy’, it’s a keeper.  If it doesn’t, pass it on.  It is a mere fraction of a second of thought in our brain.  It’s an instant thumbs up or thumbs down gut reaction.  I tell clients that if you hesitate, that’s your answer, as you are most likely trying to second-guess yourself or talk yourself out of your decision of an item didn’t ‘spark joy’.

Though radical, I find this method very effective.

If you have ever woken up in the morning with thoughts of “I don’t have anything to wear”, if you Konmari your closet, you will no longer have this problem.  Why?  If you keep only the items you truly love then no matter what you pull out, it will be something you enjoy wearing.

When you are sorting though your clothes you must listen to your intuition.  It takes practice.  But it gets easier.

Here are DOs and DON’Ts Pearls of Wisdom for using the KonMari your clothes:

  • DO items by category.  For example, pull out all your tops and do them together from start to finish.
  • DO listen to that first thought that pops into your head.   Forget that you paid lots of money, that you wore it less than a handful of times, that is was a gift, that so-and-so expects you to wear it.  FORGET ABOUT IT!  If you don’t like it for whatever reason, you are not going to convince yourself otherwise.  It might be too big/too small/ not your style/ not your color/ it’s itchy/it’s not flattering/ your tastes changed/ etc.
  • DO remove it from your home ASAP.
  • DON’T second guess yourself.
  • DON’T feel guilty about not liking something.  You will bless it to the next person and maybe they will love it.  Think of it from the item’s point of view.  Would you rather be loved by your owner or detested?

Good luck!  For you locals reading this, if you need a koach  (Klutter Koach for the letter K in Karen–yes, I know how to spell–I know it really begins with C, as in “C is for Cookie”), kall or kontact me.

Thanks for reading.


January 9, 2016





Published by Karen Furman, The Klutter Koach

Hi. I'm Karen Furman. I have a background in teaching and I have always loved sharing knowledge and inspiring others. I create home organizing solutions to maximize space and transform homes spaces from chaos to calm by helping my clients make their space more functional.

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