Meet Marie Kondo: author of the world-famous book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever and host of her Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
In her show and book, Marie outlines her unique method of KonMari for decluttering everything in your life. She gives a step by step guide on organising every room in your house from how to decide what to keep to the best way to fold and store clothing.
Here are five tips from Marie Kondo herself on how to take your home from a cluttered mess to a beautifully organised dream space.
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Make the time
‘The most important thing is commitment, and to tidy all in one go. If you only do a little when you have spare time, then you’re not truly committed and it will seem like too much bother to take things to the dump.’
‘Decluttering doesn’t mean simply sorting out what to throw in the bin. It’s a major project that will transform your life for the better! Keep this in mind and make a detailed plan that will get the job done quickly.’
Clean by category
‘The trick to letting go is to clean everything in the same category all in one go. For example, when tidying photos, gather them all in one spot and go through them one by one, picking them up and holding them in your hand.’
‘The criteria for choosing is whether they spark joy in you when you touch them.’
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Amazing transformation from Ivanka, a certified KonMari Consultant based in Toronto, Canada! Swipe to see the before. Photo by @tidymoose. "When sisters share a room, clothing real estate can be hard to come by. This is one of those circumstances where Organization and “everything you own having a home” really saves the day!" ⠀ Thanks for sharing, Ivanka!
Tackle things in the right order
‘There’s a correct order in which to tidy. Start with clothes, then move on to books, paper, miscellaneous and sentimental items.’
‘As you tidy in the above order, you will find this process helps hone your judgement, and you’ll be able to tidy much more quickly.’
Think for yourself
‘I don’t recommend any decluttering methods that choose what to throw out on the basis of time – for example, “if you haven’t used it for six months, throw it out.” Why? Because six months is someone else’s criterion, not your own.’
‘Use your own mind and heart to choose what to discard. If you find something that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away, put it away with the things you have decided to keep.’
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@frmheadtotoe in the middle of the tidying process! Looks like she’s going to make great progress ✨ Shoutout to Tiffany @thetidyteacher, who is a certified KonMari Consultant working with her!! ⠀ ⠀ She says: ⠀ “Never been prouder of my mess ?⠀ Maybe this is a clear sign of nesting but it felt SO GOOD to finally go through my entire wardrobe and clear out the old…My body has gone through a myriad of changes and this time around I want to be in a place where I can embrace the rush of the roller coaster without being afraid of my hat falling off. Even though it’s an overwhelming process seeing the sheer quantity of all my stuff, it’s also a therapeutic reminder that it needs to be a daily habit to hold close what sparks joy and let go of what burdens us, especially through times of change. Being intentional about what we keep and release is also a form of self care. ?” Photo by @frmheadtotoe.
‘Keep only the things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard the rest.’
‘When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. You’ll see what you need in life and what you don’t.’
Bonus: How to fold clothing the KonMari way
This short video gives a step-by-step guide on how to fold each article of clothing, everything from jeans to long-sleeved shirts.
If done correctly, the clothing items should stand upright and can be stored vertically in draws. This folding method will help you to keep your dresser tidy as well as make it very easy to find the exact item you’re looking for.