Apply Marie Kondo’s “Tidying” Techniques To Your Relationship

Home improvement trends come and go, but every now and then a craze comes along that sticks. Implementing these techniques into your everyday life helps to build a happier, cleaner, more organized home – and life.

This is the power of the KonMari method. Marie Kondo charmed the country with her Netflix show and book about tidying up your space, and the message continues to resonate. In each episode, viewers watched as families grew closer together through the tenets of minimalism, organization, and choosing only to keep items that “spark joy.” 

These ideas are timeless because they don’t just improve the home. Kondo says it herself: “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life.” 

Applying Marie Kondo’s techniques can help to improve your relationship, too. We’re not talking about physically cleaning up your partner (though in certain cases that might help also!). But if you take some time to reflect on your relationship, you might realize that there are some things that might need “reorganization.” 

What Sparks Joy in Your Relationship? 

Marie Kondo’s minimalist methods don’t force you to throw out everything that you own. She asks simply that you look at each thing that you own and ask  yourself if it “sparks joy.” 

Getting rid of the things that don’t spark joy (like bad habits,) leaves more room for the things you enjoy. With fewer distractions, you become closer to the people and things around you. 

What Is Causing Clutter? 

“To put things in order means to put your past in order, too.” How powerful is that? 

A lot of the “clutter” you might feel in your relationship is likely caused by past events. Lies, betrayals, weeks in which your partner didn’t do the dishes. But it’s time to put these events in order and use them as a way to move forward. 

Take some time to sit down and sort out the clutter in your relationship. Each of these dusty memories is a lesson in disguise. Uncover these lessons by talking through the “clutter” with your partner. 

What Needs Organization? 

Organizing your home doesn’t just help you in the present – it sets you up for a cleaner, tidier future. The same applies to relationships. When you take the time to sort out the roles you play in your relationship and remove any clutter from the past, you set yourself up for a refreshing and happy future. 

Ready to start organizing your relationship? Contact Norene Gonsiewsk and Tim Higdon for relationship help.