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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!

Closet Clean Out and the KonMari Method

Have you heard of the KonMari Method for closet organization? Marie Kondo developed an approach to decluttering using Japanese values. Many find this method to be far more than a way to tidy up. They claim it is life changing.

Have you heard of the KonMari Method for closet organization? Marie Kondo developed an approach to decluttering using Japanese values. Many find this method to be far more than a way to tidy up. They claim it is life changing.

What is the KonMari Method?

Marie Kondo shares the KonMari Method philosophy on her website.

The KonMari Method™ is a way of life and a state of mind that encourages cherishing the things that spark joy in people’s lives.

Belongings are acknowledged for their service and thanked before being let go of, if they no longer spark joy.

People are drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective, and optimistic.

Have you heard of the KonMari Method for closet organization? Marie Kondo developed an approach to decluttering using Japanese values. Many find this method to be far more than a way to tidy up. They claim it is life changing.

There are several steps to the KonMari Method of cleaning up. You can read all about it in her best selling book, or begin the process by downloading the app.

Follow the Steps

The app outlines these 4 steps in the KonMari Method that may look simple but aren’t really simple at all. The process begins by imagining the life you dream of. Think about what a life free of clutter would look like for you. More than just having a clean home, what do you truly want out of life? Does a tidy life mean more space for entertaining? Or the energy for a new hobby? Begin by imagining with the end in mind, as they say.

Have you heard of the KonMari Method for closet organization? Marie Kondo developed an approach to decluttering using Japanese values. Many find this method to be far more than a way to tidy up. They claim it is life changing.

 

Now it’s time to move through each category and get organizing! The KonMari Method divides your belongings into 5 categories: clothing, books, papers, konmono (or small things), and sentimental items. Begin with the first checklist and just start.

Have you heard of the KonMari Method for closet organization? Marie Kondo developed an approach to decluttering using Japanese values. Many find this method to be far more than a way to tidy up. They claim it is life changing.

Gather everything together. It is amazing to see all of your items in one place. Once you see all of your clothing, for example, in one place it helps you visualize how much you actually have. The next step is to pick up each item one by one and determine if that item brings you joy. A Martha Stewart editor gave the process a try. Here’s what she had to say.

What I realized was that I held onto these objects for all the wrong reasons. Instead, as I picked them up, I felt a creep of anxiety at the idea of letting them “go to waste” and the excuse bubbled up, “Well, what if I need it for…?” Yes, it’s good to be prepared, but at what cost? I barely noticed them in my home so obviously they weren’t desperately “needed.” I only felt anxiety at the idea of losing them. In fact, according to Kondo, possessions are stripped of their dignity when they go unused in the home. It is better to let them go.

How Long Does it Take?

For some the process is swift. They may be able to go through the KonMari Method in a matter of days. Others can take months to move through the steps in each category. I guess the lesson is, the process takes as long as it takes. As we mentioned before, many find the process to be life changing. Isn’t that worth a bit of your time? 🙂

Have you heard of the KonMari Method for closet organization? Marie Kondo developed an approach to decluttering using Japanese values. Many find this method to be far more than a way to tidy up. They claim it is life changing.

KonMari Your Life

Feeling the itch to begin to KonMari your life? You can begin the steps to declutter. Closet Envy can give you a beautiful space to house the items you decide to keep. Once we finish your redesign our professional organizers will help you store your belongings. Schedule your free consultation today!