Picture this. A spacious closet. Seeing your entire wardrobe in drawer in one glance. A clutter free corner in every corner. Having only what you want and need and nothing more.
That’s the fantasy played by the infamous KonMari Method. If you’ve just joined in on the latest and greatest home organization hoo haa, this is what I’m flailing about.
Japanese home-diva, Marie Kondo and her obsession of streamlined living has gone into an existential overdrive. Equating to the KonMari Method. Essentially, a lifestyle philosophy pinned on reducing clutter from one’s home. Followed by organizing the space in a clear simplistic manner. And wullaa! You have a clean home forever. Ideally.
When I first came across her book, my instant reaction was, I love this chic! After all, look at the exacting ideas she had. Her compulsive approach to sorting personal belongings. We clicked at first read. Then I went, full-on, military training style, into KonMari-ing my house. I crowed through the steps. Cleared out my closet. Got rid of bags of stuff. And then came the dreaded paper step. I’ll be honest. I tripped over myself and parked my mission right here.
What I quickly realized was KonMari was a good philosophy. It addresses a lot of the materialistic challenges that many 1st world citizens face. But the one thing I feel this practice failed at was: sentiment. Sentiment, especially in American culture, and even so from an Islamic perspective holds great value. A value that can’t be seen.
Anyhew. I reached a compromise. I will more or less never be able to KonMari my home 100%, unless of course Marie Kondo walks through my front door on live TV or something. I can, however, acknowledge how her vision and motivations mirror the Islamic approach to a fulfilling lifestyle.
For instance, KonMari Method’s aim is to help individuals reduce clutter, so they can train their mind on the real priorities of life. Islam endorses this idea. Indulge less in the assets of this world and focus more on kinship & societal unbalance. Marie Kondo also emphasizes appreciating one’s belongings. Islam steps further: appreciate what you have/ don’t have and thank God for both.
Ms Kondo also emphasizes, shedding more thought into our purchases. In an era when trends roll in like tidal waves, this is concrete advice. Despite the luxury of return policies, many of us would rather keep things (with the tag on!) for moths to digest than stand in the customer service line.
Practically, KonMari’s given me a precise method for organizing clothing and household goods. I have a visual of what I own, and fret less before heading out the door.
If there’s one thing I can offer, that you may not find online or else where is how to KonMari Your Hijab which you’ll find useful, even if you don’t practice hijab!
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