I would enter the kitchen and feel overwhelmed. Every morning I would dread getting out of bed as I hated having to clean the kitchen and come face to face with the mess and chaos. For years I was not understanding why I did not just jump out of bed with enthusiasm for the day. When everyone spoke about morning routines it did not motivate me at all. It was for others I always assumed, not for me.
That was until I made many changes in my lifestyle, my house and embraced some new concepts and ideas. There were 6 Habits that changed my life. I had to analyse my lifestyle and found that cleaning, cooking and the clutter were getting to me. I worked with the Flylady system to come up with 10 Everyday Habits to clean my house. I embraced the concepts of Minimalism ( not all) and also used Marie Kondos Konmari method to declutter and organise my house.
Hello there, I would like to introduce you to the konmari method for the kitchen. Before that I would like to share with you why konmari works.
Why konmari works
After having read numerous blog posts, watching endless videos and some soul searching on my own this is what I feel. My life was all centered around cleaning, parenting, trying to be a good mum and in all this I was losing myself.
I really felt overwhelmed and I was trying to fill in many roles and accomplish many things. This took over my life, my consciousness and depleted me of energy. Other mothers seemed to juggle home life, work life and personal life and I was on a quest to find out how.
Right around this time konmari happened.
Why konmari works is because it helps you simplify your life, cut through the fluff ant helps you figure out what really matters. Most people who have tried and implemented konmari, have always mentioned how konmari has simplified their life and thoughts.
When you cut through clutter, bring in simple processes and when you sort out your priorities, magic happens.
When you tackle one part of your life eventually it’ll be a catalyst in simplifying all parts of your life.
Everything will fall in place.
So how do you konmari ?
Konmari for kitchens / Konmari in the kitchen
Marie Kondi has laid out the entire blueprint in her book. In her book she first explains the process. You will also understand what is expected and what steps to take next.
A lot of thought process has gone into these categories. You are guided to begin from the area in your house which is easier to let go and move onto categories which are hard to work with ( sentimental stuff).
What is the konmari method of decluttering?
In this method you go through various categories like clothes, followed by books and then papers and so on.
When you are in a category you will get all the items ( from everywhere ) together.
You really MUST get all items of the similar category from everywhere.
So if we are looking at clothes you need to get them from the cupboard, from the washing basket, from the washing machine, drying rack, basement … everywhere.
It would be best to lay them down on the floor. Then you hold each item up and ask yourself does it spark joy. It could be that it makes you feel good when you wear it, the colors and texture of the clothing makes you feel so happy. If it sparks joy, keep it aside, Discard the rest.
You will notice that you might have been holding onto stuff for long and you actually hate wearing them. It has happened to me.
Before you start the kitchen you must follow the konmari method in the other categories.
Category 1 – Clothes
Category 2 – Books
Category 3 – Papers
Category 4 – Komono ( Miscellaneous)
Category 5 – Sentimental Items
In Mari condos konmari method there is a category called komonos or miscellaneous. The kitchen falls into this category.
Note: Follow the method mentioned in the book.
When you start with the clothes, books and then the papers, you will start understanding the process.
A kitchen has many subcategories and it makes it very difficult if not impossible if you start in the kitchen.
So before you start the kitchen you have to implement the konmari method in the other categories first.
Too many subcategories can overwhelm and you will most likely quit. Once you work in the other categories you will also learn figure out subcategories.
This will be needed when you work in the kitchen.
The kitchen categories
Eating – this category includes everything which is required when you eat.
Cooking – this category includes everything which you require when you cook or bake.
Food and storage – this category spices pantry, the fridge and storage containers.
I have seen people searching for Konmari kitchen drawers and Konmari kitchen utensils.
Categories NOT Location
You must remember that konmari method is based on categories and not on location. You cannot go by Drawers, cupboards et cetera.
Now we know the various categories let’s get started the konmari kitchen.
Konmari kitchen method
The konmari kitchen method includes the following steps:
First tidy by category and not by location
Second tidy in the right order
Tidy all at once
Put everything on the floor
Ask yourself does it Spark joy
If not say thank you and discard
Designate a space
Konmari kitchen tips – Keep the fridge as the last subcategory.
I started with the cooking section. I pulled out everything which can be used for cooking.
This included the following:
Pots and pans
Oven mitts and dish towels
I only kept those which I would use and most importantly which sparked joy.
Note: Add your own subcategories
Remember to get all the items from all the different places you might be storing them in. I was storing some in the hall, some in the kitchen and some in the pantry.
The next sub category for me was the eating category.
Note: You can add silverware, straws, chip clips to your subcategories
The next sub category is food and storage containers.
This subcategory for me included:
Tea, coffee, sugar
Konmari YouTube kitchen ( Includes Before and After)
Once this was done it was time to move on to the fridge.
For the fridge
First I am emptied out the contents.
Wiped the fridge down with white vinegar.
Sorted everything out
It did take a couple of hours to go through my fridge because I had a lot of stuff. There were many reasons including health because of which the fridge had been neglected.
It is advisable as I have learnt later keep the fridge only 70% full.
This gives it some breathing space and also you can quickly find a place for leftovers.
These are tried and tested methods which I have learnt over the years which now I have incorporated into my morning routine. Somedays I get them done at night, but I try to stick to them the best I can because not only does it help me retain my sanity but also grounds me for the day.
Before we get into these 6 Habits that changed my life, let me tell you how I made them. I was finding myself feeling as though I always had no energy. As though I was drained out. Routine chores became something I did not look forward to hence I started delaying getting out of bed. This delayed everything … There were lunch boxes to be packed, cleaning to be done, clothes to be washed, cooking…but I didn’t feel motivated.
I was having a feeling of apathy, I just didn’t feel I could even get started with the day.
The more I started delaying things, the more it got out of hand. Things started piling up, there was backlog in laundry, cleaning, general housekeeping.
That was my wake-up call. I needed to get things back in order otherwise the whole house would go off track. There is this thing called being an adult, and a trend called “adulting“. We are just grown ups acting as kids. It was time to be an adult.
I started first with something I already knew.
Habit 1. Meditation
I hated meditation. I was introduced to it at the age of 15 years and all I remember is I never wanted to try it.
For me sitting down, closing my eyes was nerve racking. I always ended up getting migraine and then I would be down for a few days.
I knew meditation had good benefits. I knew meditation had helped my family and friends. I decided this would be familiar territory and something which I can easily start off with.
I tried using the same meditation I was taught as a child but then over time I made up my own. It’s a combination of light therapy and focusing inwards and into the heart.
This is my own meditation and it has this immense calming effect over me. I just felt this immense peace. I felt connected with the Universe.
This was when transformation began and the next step was a natural outcome for me.
Habit 2. Gratitude
There were days I felt sorry for myself. If I let one such thought in, it multiplied. Very soon I felt everything was going wrong and then it would.
That is when I strated with the simple thing which I had never focused on. I didn’t think being grateful would move any mountains. It was simply a wishy washy feeling I thought. Just a feel good thing to do.
Thats when I was challenged to try gratitude for just 30 days or was it 21, I don’t quite remember.
The first few days were the worst. I could never find anything to be grateful about. It was painful to think of even one thing I could be grateful about. Day by day it got easier and easier. I started looking forward to this time of day when I could jot down what I was grateful for.
I had read somewhere to focus on the small things. Don’t ( only) be grateful for the house you bought, be grateful for the sunshine streaming in through the window, the chirping of the birds, smile of my kids, water in the tap.
At first it felt like nothing was happening but I loved this process so much that I stopped looking for signs it was working.
Things started changing at a rapid phase. Everything was suddenly good. All good was happening.
At this point I stumbled upon the Law of Attraction.
Habit 3. Visualizing
I had been introduced to the Secret. I had watched the documentary, I had read the book, I had heard it mentioned by everyone. It was everywhere but I never understood how to use it in my situation. How do I customize it for me? That’s when years later I was introduced to the LOA.
It is said the master comes when the student is ready.
We met, the book and me which flipped my life around.
Finally!! I understood! I just knew and understood loa and I started manifesting small things, things which you might call coincidence or things which you would think would happen anyways. Insignificant easily ignored manifestations. Then it took on a life of its own, it led to unexpected happenings.
I have started incorporating one aspect of loa into my daily routine.
It’s done wonders for my life, health just about everything.
Habit 4. Prayer
Growing up prayer was appeasing God. The God (s) seemed to get upset, angry, angry and needed to be appeased.
I was terrified.
Till I made friends with God. I have had many
experiences which cannot be explained. My family has had healings through prayer and this is one opportunity I try not to miss.
Habit 5. Journaling
I could never have thought I could ever journal. I love reading and hate writing. I just couldn’t understand people who maintained diaries.
I used to think I would never know what to jot in one.
A video popped up in my feed about bullet journalling. I liked the concept and researched to find out how it originated.
I have incorporated it into my life with a lot of modifications.
I have different things I do and one of them is a brain dump at the start of the day ( usually).
I just write down everything in my head. It helps clear my head and sets me at peace. This dump is literally everything, from grocery lists, to school matters, to household chores
Once it’s on paprlrr I no longer free and now I am ready for the next phase. It’s called ideating.
I write down all my new ideas, things I am mulling over, things I want to do.
This sets me for the day. I now have a to do list which I can cross out at the end of the day or the next day morning.
Now it’s time to move on to…
Habit 6. Breakfast
Breakfast is very important for me. A good breakfast means I am more productive and can address whatever life has to offer that day.