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KonMari Category Five • Sentimental Items

The last laps…

Finishing your Tidying Festival is a HUGE achievement. You’re nearly there. It’s not called a (KonMari) Marathon for nothing.Blink twice if you want all the joy in your life… and your home.
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Guidelines for Sentimental Items

This guide offers an introduction to the KonMari Method™. As a certified KonMari Consultant, Alexandria is here to support you on your journey to a tidy, joyful home.

1. Putting your past in order

Remind yourself of how much you have already achieved. You have physically touched and assessed nearly every item you own.

By now, you have a strong sense of what matters most to you, and what brings you joy. This is the ideal position to be in when you face those items in your home with sentimental value.

As your KonMari Consultant, Alexandria is here to support you as you navigate this final category. Remember to believe in yourself, trust your instincts and choose joy.

Make good use of the things you choose to keep for the next stage of your life.

Marie Kondo, Spark Joy
KonMari Sentimental Items - Like This Collection Of Retro Photos & Old School Camera - Are A Chance To Put Your Past In Order

2. Joy checking

By now you are an expert joy-checker. You have refined this essential KonMari skill by proceeding through the categories, in the recommended order.

If you have worked hard at storing things in the right order, from clothes to books to papers and to the voluminous komono category, you have sufficiently honed your sensitivity to what sparks joy that you can now relax and proceed with tidying your sentimental items.

Marie Kondo, Spark Joy
Sentimental Items Are Often Objects Made Long Ago, Like This Sweet Clay Snoopy And Illustrated Portrait Of A Little Girl

3. Take action, don’t defer

There is one thing you must never do: don’t send sentimental items to your parents’ home.

Marie Kondo, Spark Joy

This process is not about keeping things out of obligation or guilt. Let’s not defer making decisions by “storing” belongings with friends or relatives.

Alexandria will help you take responsibility and guide you through any tough patches. Choose what brings joy to your life and keep it with confidence.

Lots Of Random Arrows With One Red Arrow Clearly Leading The Way. Yes, The KonMari Method Is All About Taking Action.

4. Responsible discarding

If you cannot bring yourself to throw something away, keep it with confidence.

Marie Kondo, Spark Joy

For everything else, it’s important to discard responsibly. Most things can be donated or recycled, with a few exceptions. Coming soon: the ALSO in PINK guide on How to Responsibly Dispose of Items That Don’t Spark Joy.

Let’s work together to make a positive contribution to our environment, our world, and be mindful in how we dispose of things we no longer want in our lives.

Responsible Discarding Can Get Tricky When It Comes to Sentimental Items. Like This Teddy, Donate Unwanted Items When You Can

5. Storage that sparks joy

You’ve been ever so patient. So far you’ve resisted all those pretty storage solutions. Now it’s time to reward yourself with some joyful storage.This could be creatively repurposed items you already have or that lovely thing you’ve had your eye on and desperately want to buy.

If you’re going to go to all the trouble of choosing sentimental items that spark joy, then it’s important to keep them in a way that lets you enjoy them whenever you want.

Marie Kondo, Spark Joy
Marie Kondo’s three keys to effective storage
  1. Visibility
  2. Accessibility
  3. Honouring
This Is A KonMari'd Closet That Sparks All The Joy. Neatly Folded Tea Towels In Bamboo Baskets, Fabric Baskets & Jazzy Aprons
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Working with a KonMari Consultant

Do you struggle to tidy your home? Have you accumulated lots of things you no longer want in your life? Are you constantly shifting around piles of stuff? Are you ready for something to change?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, working with a KonMari consultant may be exactly what you need to shift the balance.

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Tidying sentimental items means...
putting the past in order. The most important thing when tidying this category is to believe in your own sense of joy.
Marie Kondo