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How to Konmari your Pet’s Space

The Konmari method (of “does this spark joy” fame) has taken the world by storm. With a new netflix series in which you can see Marie Kondo in action, the method of decluttering, inspired by Japanese simplicity, has us thinking about how we can tidy up our pet’s things, especially since the clutter from our pets has a tendency to sneak up on us. If we break it down by category, as Marie Kondo suggests, we can start the see where the build up can happen. For example:

-Care products like shampoos, pet wipes, tooth brushes, grooming tools, and odor control products

-Accessories like old collars, food bowls, gifts from friends, expired tags

-Bedding, blankets, cat furniture

-Attire, including winter coats, halloween costumes, and harnesses

-Toys, chew products, kongs, puzzles

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Konmari method without considering what “sparks joy” for our pets. That raggedy, barely-held-together-by-a-string mouse toy that your furry kitty has lovingly hunted around the house for years? Don’t dare get rid of it! Did you save your pup’s baby teeth? Of course, keep them forever. In terms of the extra bed that’s stored away, or the collar that didn’t fit, we recommend donating items to your local shelter. Here’s a list of items that shelters always need more of: https://www.petfinder.com/helping-pets/information-on-helping-pets/unusual-donations-for-shelters-rescue-groups/

Our favorite part of the Konmari Method might actually be the hashtag that is currently trending on social media, aptly called: #Konmaripets. Have you seen it? In the process of tidying up, pet parents have started posting pictures of their furry babies trying out the Konmari method for themselves. Take for example, this corgi who is insistent all his toys spark joy…

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Or this kitty who, in true Konmari fashion, is being thoughtful and deliberate about which items to chuck.

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Have you done the Konmari method for your pets? Please feel free to share in the comment section below!

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