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Minimalist or Marie Kondo? We tested the 2 most popular ways to tidy our room


For his room, his house, his head, his life maybe? The benefits of storage are well proven. Because there are as many methods as there are photos in the memory of our smartphones, we have devoted ourselves to doing a little sorting and testing the most famous of them.

THE ESSENTIAL METHOD 

His book The magic of tidying up has sold 8 million copies worldwide. His face has been all over the newsstands and online. And in early 2019, his Netflix series captured the attention of anyone who would have slipped through the stitches of his perfectly folded sweaters. 

At this point, if you don't think about Marie Kondo, you are offered a small remedial session. Also invited are the fans of the first time with whom the socks rolled into a ball have taken their rightful place in the drawers. 

1. Like in yoga, you start by posing an intention. But you only have two options: commit to tidying up or say that finally, socks rolled up into a ball, it works pretty well. Until January 1st, when the new school year starts, or the next existential crisis that will make us type Marie Kondo in the Google search bar, or the New Year and ITS GOOD RESOLUTIONS. 

2. The serious business is starting. Our mission? Sort. Not easy, but the storage expert has planned everything to help us choose what we really, really want to keep. You grab each object with both hands (otherwise it doesn't work as well) and you feel the spark of joy. Or not. If nothing happens, we say thank you and goodbye. 

3. When the sorting is finished, you can start sorting. Not before. Marie Kondo advises to proceed by category of objects rather than by piece. And to follow a precise order: clothes then books, papers, various objects (care products, accessories, electronic devices...) and objects of high sentimental value last. Why? Why? To be ready when deciding whether or not to part with the pictures of his ex. 

4. We choose a place for each object and do not change it anymore. It's the only way to clean your room once and for all. 

OUR OPINION

Identifying what makes us feel good and eliminating the rest is an appealing idea. But unless you live in A STUDIO where the room is the size of a bed, you don't improvise a tidying up session at the Marie Kondo on a Sunday at 7:30 pm. Indeed, the expert advises that the steps should be done in one go, to intensify the impression of change. 

On the other hand, we appreciate the fact that this technique adapts to all lifestyles. If we want to keep a lot of too much of things, as long as they bring us joy, it's possible. No need to be minimalist. But tidying up often involves making a bit of a vacuum, which brings us to the second method.

THE LESS IS MORE METHOD 

An article on tidiness without talking about minimalism is like an Instagram account on modernist architecture without a photo of a work by Mies van Der Rohe. The one we owe it to " less is more "has inspired many designers, architects and creators in their quest for simplicity. And more recently, a number of passionate influencers with white walls and wardrobes in less than 10 garments. 

Initially an artistic movement, minimalism has become a way of life centred around an idea: to have less to live better. The problem? The first part of the process often takes precedence over the second. It is tempting to throw away your belongings and buy new, simpler and whiter ones. Of course, we will have less than before, but we will have created a lot of waste along the way. Rather than play at whoever has the least, we take an inventory of our room by applying these few principles, inspired by the minimalist approach. 

1. Sort through what you have and keep only what is useful to you. Yes, if it makes us smile, it's useful. 

2. Take responsibility for what we're about to throw away. Rather than filling garbage bag upon garbage bag, you sell your stuff, give it to friends or to associations such as Emmaus and we recycle. We also think about using as much as possible of what can still be used before parting with it. 

3. Ask yourself questions before buying. We restore meaning to our consumption by exploring what motivates it. Why (and for whom) do we buy? How long can we use these objects before we have to replace them? In the long term, this approach makes it possible to keep space in your home for a long time. 

4. That's all. That's all. Why make it complicated when you can make it simple? 

OUR OPINION 

It is not really a question of throwing away with frenzy, but of putting meaning back into the way we consume. Unless you have little at home, if you are looking for a before / after effect, you may be disappointed. 

But beyond the question of storage, minimalism is a way of life in its own right and the change comes from a lasting revision of the way we buy. We like to focus on quality and meaning rather than quantity.