The Casa Kondo method: control your life and your mind

The Japanese Casa Kondo ordering method has become a global phenomenon through his interesting book The Magic of Order.

The young expert explains: “We think that when we store something, we put things that we don’t need in a cupboard or a drawer or a shelf, but that’s an illusion. In the long run, the places where we have stored what we don’t have I don’t want them to be too full and chaos will return. “

Marie declares this true organization begins with elimination, And relates it to a transformation that goes beyond the physical: “By organizing your living space and transforming it, the change is so profound that it seems like you live in a different place.”

The relationship between order and well-being

This week, Sònia Algueró, Technical Director of the Mensalus Institute for Psychological and Psychiatric Care, shares the essence of the Casa Kondo method and opens a reflection on “letting go”.

What does the Konmari method show?

The fundamental pillar of the Konmari Method (a pun by the name of the creator) is the rejection of the unnecessary and the preservation of the essentials that make us happy. Casa explains that getting rid of things we don’t want physically can later make it easier to set limits on what we don’t want.

People accumulate things without considering what they mean to us in the present moment. Most have probably played their part in the past, but what role are they playing now? For this best-selling author, rejection frees us from the burden and leaves us with energy for the present.

There is a parallel between our current and past thoughts, behaviors and emotions. Long ago, many had a role in our lives which, to this day, has ceased to exist. And not just that. Its presence in the now decentralizes us and generates confusion (between what we think-do-feel) from our true essence.

Casa Kondo and its method to achieve greater well-being

What is the relationship between physical organization and mental organization?

Being physically organized has a direct effect on mental organization and goal planning. Focusing attention and energy towards a goal goes hand in hand with the release we discussed.

Also, the Japanese author explains that putting things in order is also putting your past in order. It is something like readjusting life and “closing the chapters” so that you can take the next step. In fact, if you think about it, closing the boxes and closing the scenes has a lot in common: in both cases, we take out of sight what makes us mean and robs us of space.

Going out of the stages and integrating the meaning it had for us, as well as recognizing what it has brought to us and is already part of us, allows us to move forward towards our most essential self.

How did we decide to reject it?

The Method proposes to put aside the criterion of use or function, to go into something more deeply: “this object, what do I feel?”.

All of a sudden, this is not an easy question to answer because it is something we usually don’t ask ourselves. Try it is revealing, I invite you to do it. When we ask ourselves if this object makes us vibrate, when we manifest the emotion it gives us, that’s when we come to feel to decide instead of just thinking. This information is what validates or invalidates the deletion of the object.

If we have ultimately chosen to decline, an interesting way to say goodbye is to thank you for the service you have provided us. Thus, we will reduce the anxiety generated by the disposal of our possessions.

The first step is therefore to find and collect everything we have in the same category (clothes, books, papers, etc.) to make the choice. Being able to say: “I don’t want that anymore, he has already exercised his function, now it is not what I need” is an excellent exercise since its effect does not stop there; it has an impact on other vital aspects.

At the psychological level, this process can be reproduced by focusing attention on our innermost self. It is useful and revealing to ask ourselves whether this thought or behavior that we hear rejecting is doing us good or, on the contrary, is blocking us and not allowing us to move forward.

It is also particularly interesting to ask whether there is a consistency between what we think or do and what we feel when we think or do that. In this way, our emotions will guide us towards our most genuine needs.

Is it easy to say, “I don’t want this for my life”?

It is often more complicated than it seems. We are not trained to let go, on the contrary. Re-educating the mind in this sense through physical elements, facilitates the “letting go” of undesirable aspects of our life: a relationship, a task, a practice / hobby, a job, etc. The weight of obligation often overshadows the capacity for self-listening.

That said, it takes courage and determination to set boundaries and move away from the fears that cripple us and pull us away from our core selves. That’s why I encourage you to respond, “What do I really want / need at this point in my life?”

What would you say to all those people reading this interview?

Introspectively speaking, the accumulation of anachronistic thoughts and behaviors leads us to a blockage of the essential, plunging us into confusion and discomfort.

The Konmari Method reconnects with the meaning of things around us and brings the person closer to a “click” which, until now, was expensive. In the end, the result is very simple: “Take what you want and let go of whatever, now, no longer makes sense to you.”

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