Have you heard about the amazing Marie Kondo and her inspiring organisation top tips that have recently caught the world’s attention? Here at Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft magazine, we couldn't wait to find out more about the KonMari Method and how to apply it to cleaning up and reorganising your cake spaces...
Who is Marie Kondo?
Marie Kondo is a bestselling author, founder of KonMari Media, Netflix star and tidying expert, who began her tidying consultant business as a 19-year-old student in Tokyo. Now, she helps people around the world transform their cluttered homes into stunning serene spaces, changing mindsets and lives along the way. Previously listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, there’s no denying that Marie Kondo is as inspirational as she is organised.
What is the KonMari Method?
What sets the KonMari Method apart from other tidying and organising methods is both the focus on categorising and recognition of emotional attachment. Firstly, tidying by category rather than by location prevents the inevitable piles of ‘stuff’ created in a room-by-room method, ensuring you tackle everything under one category rather than everything in one room. So, instead of tidying the clothes in your bedroom, only to be confronted by a pile in the spare room you had forgotten about and losing all motivation, if you focus on clothes throughout the house in general, you won’t be left with any unwanted surprises!
“Keep only the things that speak to the heart.”
Emotional attachment is the second important element of this method. Marie instructs you to keep only those things that speak to the heart and discard items that no longer spark joy. This is a novel and highly effective approach to organisation, as it speaks to the inner-hoarder that plagues many of us. Indeed, Mind, the mental health charity, states that compulsive hoarding is becoming recognised as a mental health condition, thus the KonMari Method’s emphasis on the importance of being mindful, introspective and forward-looking when tidying is a fascinating effort toward understanding tidying as a physical, mental and emotional activity.
KonMari your cake space!
So, how can we apply this mindset to our kitchens and cake spaces? Here are three different ways of looking at your cake stash and cutting down on those unnecessary space stealers to create an uncluttered haven to help truly inspire your creativity.
We know that everyone reading this is highly creative… you wouldn’t have picked up the magazine otherwise! So, incorporate this into your tidying. Understand that your creativity is a part of the process, meaning you don’t need to view this method as binding you to strict rules. Sorting craft items by category is interesting, as the definition of ‘category’ could differ from person to person. For example, you might organise by collections of ‘pastes’, ‘basic edibles’, ‘basic equipment’ and so on. Or, you could organise by occasion, with ‘Christmas’, ‘male birthdays’, ‘anniversaries’ and so on. Don’t see this method as something to stifle your creativity and force you to think a certain way. It is more of a guide to reconsider how you view your cake stash and indeed, yourself.
Imagine your ideal lifestyle. Picture your perfect kitchen. Search the internet for cake space inspiration and use these images to motivate your organisation. If you can look ahead to what you want to achieve, you are less likely to find yourself dwelling on that which you are leaving behind. The phantom possibility of creating a cake using designs that have fallen out of fashion will fade with the potential of a bright new space to stimulate your creativity.
“If you can look ahead to what you want to achieve, you are less likely to find yourself dwelling on that which you are leaving behind.”
Decluttering is a messy job and it will be tempting, during a particularly emotional cleansing of a favourite stencil collection that hasn’t been touched since the summer of 2012, to gather everything up and throw it straight into the bin. Please, think before you throw! We are all becoming more environmentally aware and it is particularly essential as crafters and cakers, often using one-time use items such as cupcake cases. Research what you can and can’t recycle in your area. While many councils do restrict which items can go into your bin, there are recycling centres around the country that will take more items. Check your local council’s website and visit Recycle Now for more information.
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