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Marie Kondo’s Best Tips & Tricks!

As a company that consistently strives to create the most Envious spaces, we are always looking for new ways to do so! Right now, we are, like the rest of the country, enthralled by Marie Kondo and her methods!

Kondo has already been an icon for years due to her book “The life-changing magic of tidying up,” but has gained millions of new fans thanks to her new Netflix series “Tidying Up.”

The series has eight episodes, each featuring a different family that Kondo helps to declutter their lives. Each one has a theme, such as empty nesters who need to downsize or a family struggling to keep their home tidy with two toddlers.

Kondo’s calming presence gradually transforms the homes from chaotic to organized, with some on the show crying tears of gratitude for the peace and sense of ease she has brought to their homes.

Here is a rundown of some of Kondo’s best tips:

1. The best way to fold your clothes

Even if your house is perfectly organised, you should give Kondo’s folding system a try, it’s a gamechanger.

The idea is to fold your clothes into one long strip, fold this in half and then into thirds to create a small square that you can sit upright in your drawer. You can do this with everything including underwear and socks. It uses up less space and it’s easier to find what you want. Instead of rifling through your drawer and pulling out everything to find a particular shirt or dress, you can easily check to see if it’s there and then grab it without disturbing any of the other clothes. It’s also very addictive once you start.

2. Take an inventory of what you have

One of the first things that Kondo asks people to do is to dump all of their clothes in one spot so they can see everything they have. There’s nothing more motivating than seeing a huge pile of clothes, books or electronic cords to give you perspective on how much you really own. Putting everything together also makes you realize you don’t really need five extra extension chords or three whisks.

3. Declutter in a specific order

Kondo’s method suggests going through things such as clothes and books first because it’s easier to make a decision on these types of items. You can then move on to paper and a category she calls “komono,” which includes the bathroom, kitchen, garage and miscellaneous items. Sentimental items are left until last. This is because by the time you get to these items you will have refined your sense of what really “sparks joy.”

4. Does it ‘spark joy’?

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Kondo believes the best way to chose whether or not to keep something is to hold each item in your hand and decide whether it sparks joy. This is an uplifting feeling that you get when you hold the item, and has nothing to do with whether the item is practical or you “should keep it.” Choosing items this way means that after you finish decluttering you will only be surrounded with items that make you happy, which is a great feeling.

5. Everything has a place

Kondo working at a client's home in Tokyo, Japan.
Kondo working at a client’s home in Tokyo, Japan.AP

Another great tip is to make sure there is a specific place for every item in your home. This means when something is out of place you can easily put it back where it should be. It also means that when you need to find something, you’ll know where to look. One benefit of decluttering is that you uncover things you thought were lost or forgot you had. And you actually start to use these things.

6. Respect your belongings

Taking the time to “greet your house” sounds pretty crazy but in every episode Kondo sits quietly and silently pays her respect to the house for what it has given the owner. She is also taking a moment to acknowledge the role that possessions play in people’s lives. As people declutter she also encourages them to thank each item for their service, which makes it easier to let go of once-cherished things. It also makes you appreciate what you have and to treat each item with respect.

7. Stay focused on your own stuff

When you live with others it can become frustrating to deal with other people’s clutter but Kondo doesn’t recommend interfering or taking control of other people’s belongings. She encourages people to concentrate on going through their own stuff and instead act like a role model for others in their lives. This will naturally inspire others to do the same. Instead of the tidying falling on one parent, for example, she encourages getting children involved in decluttering and tidying including things like folding clothes so everyone takes responsibility for their own possessions.

Once you’ve Decluttered your home, and you’d love a true showcase to respect all of your items, head to www.theclosetenvy.com and schedule your free consultation!

Garage Organization for Summer

Now that summer is here it is very likely that your children will be spending more time playing outside. Which also means that in no time, your garage will turn into a pile of swim things, sports gear, toys, and who knows what else. These tips will help you create a garage organization system for summer!

Now that summer is here it is very likely that your children will be spending more time playing outside. Which also means that in no time, your garage will turn into a pile of swim things, sports gear, toys, and who knows what else. These tips will help you create a garage organization system for summer!

Garage Organization for Summer

Sports Gear and Swim Things

Any sports mom can tell you that all that gear is always all over the place! The sport your child plays can change how you want to store those items. One Crazy House suggests a series of cubbies.

Repurpose an old bookshelf or build your own garage cubbies. Love that it provides storage for shoes, helmets and other smaller pieces of equipment.

For taller things like hockey sticks or bats, a track system is an excellent solution. Hang those things so you can stop tripping over them!

Now that summer is here it is very likely that your children will be spending more time playing outside. Which also means that in no time, your garage will turn into a pile of swim things, sports gear, toys, and who knows what else. These tips will help you create a garage organization system for summer!

A simple solution for all the balls is a large plastic tub, or even a laundry basket. Make a game to see how many “baskets” your children can make while cleaning up. That’s a win win!

Outdoor Toys

Some toys are just hard to corral. When they are small in size, or there are lots of them it can be difficult to decide where to put them all. The folks at Domestic Charm suggest using buckets to store all those toys that end up all over the place.

I loved the idea of having buckets for all the little outside toys that can get scattered all over the yard. I used my silhouette machine to cut black vinyl labels for each bucket.

What a great way to store things like bubbles, remote control cars, sidewalk chalk, not to mention all the nerf guns and darts!

Now that summer is here it is very likely that your children will be spending more time playing outside. Which also means that in no time, your garage will turn into a pile of swim things, sports gear, toys, and who knows what else. These tips will help you create a garage organization system for summer!

Bikes and Helmets

Bikes are notoriously difficult to store. They take up so much floor space and create a minefield when walking through the garage. The Family Handyman has several bike storage suggestions.

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to store you bike is with good old-fashioned heavy-duty rubberized hooks made to screw into a stud or rafter. Hang bikes with one hook for vertical bicycle storage, and two hooks placed a bike’s width apart for horizontal storage.

Don’t forget to consider dedicating some storage space for your helmets. Hooks work great for those as well. Once those bikes and helmets are up off the floor you will be amazed at how much more space you have!

Now that summer is here it is very likely that your children will be spending more time playing outside. Which also means that in no time, your garage will turn into a pile of swim things, sports gear, toys, and who knows what else. These tips will help you create a garage organization system for summer!

Go Up Up Up

When it comes to garage organization the best thing you can do is utilize your wall space. Our Omni Track system is the perfect way to create an entire wall of organization. Whether it’s hand tools, yard tools, gardening gear, or sports equipment creating your mess, the Omni Track system has a solution.

Now that summer is here it is very likely that your children will be spending more time playing outside. Which also means that in no time, your garage will turn into a pile of swim things, sports gear, toys, and who knows what else. These tips will help you create a garage organization system for summer!

Get Your Garage in Gear

Does the status of your garage send you into a state of overwhelm? Closet Envy can help with that. We are so much more than just closets! We will get your garage in gear and turn it into organized bliss. Schedule your free consultation today!

Garage Organization

When the weather is nice your garage can start to look less than stellar. Yard equipment, toys, tools all end up strewn about. With a bit of garage organization you can turn a so-so space into the envy of the neighborhood.

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Do you have the space to create a wall of organized beauty? With help from Closet Envy, a stunning garage like this could be yours!

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If you love to build then you need a space to store your supplies. Pair our Omni Track system with a 16 in Utility Hook to get your wood off the floor and out of the way.

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Every craftsman needs easy access to their tools. We have a variety of hooks to hold a plethora of different tools. Everything you need within arms reach.

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Yard tools are a necessity, but can be difficult to store. The Omni Track system is a great way to use your wall space for storage. Less stuff stacked in corners means more room for things like, you know, parking your car.

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Raise your hand if your hoses are in a messy pile on the back deck, or in the grass, or on the floor of your garage. Go ahead…I’ll wait… What you need is a Hose Hook! No more tripping hazards or dead grass, just a neat organized masterpiece.

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Baskets are a must if you have random sized objects such as toys or sports gear. Now the munchkins in your house will be able to find their gear before practice. Your future football/soccer/basketball star will thank you.

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No matter what your unique organization needs are, Closet Envy can help your take your garage from boring mess to brilliant beauty!