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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!

Weekend Project

Do you have plans for the weekend? If not: why not consider cleaning out your closet?

Cheryl Richardson said it best:

“If you want to improve your life immediately, clean out a closet. Often it’s what we hold on to that holds us back.”

So! Where to start?? We love this handy chart by Passions for Fashion, it provides a way to go through your closet and decide what to keep and what to donate, sell, get rid of, or store. No cheating! Send us your before & after photos for a chance to get featured on our blog! Good luck!

Women vs Men: How to Make Your Closet Work in One Space

It’s no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We’re here to talk about a women’s closet vs men’s and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

Closets on Mars and Venus

Bella Ella Boutique recently did a study on the closet habits of Americans. We were fascinated by some of their findings.

It’s not much of a surprise that men own less shoes than women. According to this study most men own 5 or less pairs of shoes. Women own…more than that.

It's no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We're here to talk about a women's closet vs men's and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

While men own less shoes, they are willing to spend more on a single pair of shoes. Sounds to us like men value quality over quantity. Women however, are all about the quantity of shoes. No surprise there.

It's no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We're here to talk about a women's closet vs men's and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

Now here’s where it gets really interesting to those of us that love organizing closets. This study showed that men and women are very similar when it comes to how they organize a closet. Whether you live on Mars or Venus your closet is probably organized by type of clothing. Men are slightly more likely to organize by season and women like to organize by color.

It's no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We're here to talk about a women's closet vs men's and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

Where to Begin

The first step is to decide on the division of space. While the running joke is that women have far more clothes than men, many times that simply isn’t the case. Our clothes and accessories may look different, and have different storage needs, but both genders need adequate space in the closet. Do an assessment and decide how much space is right for the woman and man using your closet.

It's no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We're here to talk about a women's closet vs men's and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

One thing that is true across genders is that we all have far more stuff than we actually wear. If your closet is getting an overhaul it might help to start with an purge of your wardrobe. An easy way to assess what you truly wear is to hang all of your clothing with the hangers pointing out, or backwards. When you wear an item, wash it, and return it to your closet you can hang it like normal. After a few months, any items still hanging backwards are clothes that you don’t wear. Give yourself official permission to get rid of those items. They are not clothes that make you happy, and are simply taking up valuable space.

It's no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We're here to talk about a women's closet vs men's and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

Now that you have decided how much space each person gets, and you’ve purged the clothes you don’t wear it’s time to start designing the perfect closet.

Make it Work

When it comes to designing a his and hers closet Tim Gunn would say “Make it Work.” The good news is, we believe it really is possible to design a closet that works wonderfully for both men and women. What you need to think about is what different clothing and accessory items need in terms of storage.

How Stuff Works has this to say:

So, how is space in a his and her closet fairly divided? How do you recognize where and when to increase the vertical heights of closet rods and shelf heights? A significant, though subtle, factor is that space can be used more efficiently on the man’s side of the closet. All his space can be double-rodded since nothing is longer than a suit coat or shirt, and the height of the shoe shelves need not extend above the height of his dress shoes or cushioned running shoes. A woman’s half of the closet must have sufficient space to hang dresses, as well as shelf space designed to fit high-heel shoes, knee-high boots, or wide-brimmed hats.

If the male side of your closet is slightly smaller than the female side it could be because men’s clothes are more efficiently organized. Since men’s clothing fits easily on double rods more clothes can be hung in less space. Dresses and skirts have more length which means that they need more space in the closet.

It's no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We're here to talk about a women's closet vs men's and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

Both men and women can make use of pull out drawers and open shelving to store a variety of items. Versatile storage for versatile clothing. That’s one thing the genders can agree on.

It's no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We're here to talk about a women's closet vs men's and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.

Closet Envy

Still unsure how to make your shared closet work? We at Closet Envy are happy to help with whatever your organization needs. We understand the organization needs of Martians and Venusians. Set up your free consultation today!