Art of tidying up’, kondo’s aspirational organisational bible is credited with inspiring legions of fans to overhaul their homes, throwing away unwanted clutter in the process.
I don’t know about you guys, but I equate summer with home organization. Sure, I get into the whole spring cleaning thing to give me a swift kick in the pants, but summer is when I really get into my groove. There’s just something about warm weather and long, sunny days that makes me want my home to reflect the same brightness.
So when I discovered Marie Kondo, a Japanese lifestyle expert, my life was changed. And it turns out, I’m not the only one who experienced this effect. Her book,
But in today’s day and age, selling tons of book copies isn’t enough to deem your method of home organization a revelation. No, the powers that be (that’s you and me, oh wise ones) must go to Instagram.
And Marie Kondo fans—well, they’ve come in masses. In fact, that’s how I learned about Marie Kondo in the first place. #Konmari has over 11,000 posts from users all over the world following Marie’s specific method of organization. And guys, it’s pretty. Check it out:
So how exactly does it work? First, know that you’ll be organizing the things in your home in this specific order, which Marie says “can improve your judgment and determine which items spark joy,” she told
For those not in the know, Kondo’s technique for simplifying your space, dubbed ‘Kondoed’, is simple – hold on to objects that ‘spark joy’ and remove those that do not. This applies to everything from miscellaneous papers, books, clothes and mementos from dates past. The method, praised by her many Konverts as revolutionary, has even seen its creator earn a spot in Time’s 2015 “Top 100 Influential People” list
1. Sort by category, not location: Don’t do the bedrooms first, then the living room, then the rest of the house. Do all your clothes, then all your books, etc.
2. Tidy in one go. Don’t draw it out. If you tidy a bit each day, you’ll find that you’re tidying forever. Do it all at once and you’ll have the system in place to stay tidy.
3. Pick up each item one at a time and ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?”
4. Fold your clothes so that they stand up vertically. This way, you can put all your t-shirts (or other items) in a drawer and see every item at once, rather than digging through piles of fabric to find the shirt you want.
5. Don’t repurpose clothes to loungewear. Don’t justify keeping a torn, ratty T-shirt just because you think you can repurpose it as a pajama top.
6. Recycle your papers. For important legal documents, scan them! Everything else you should get rid of.
7. Don’t keep gifts out of guilt. After the joy of the gift-giving moment is through, you can donate the gift without guilt. It has served its purpose.
8. Storage experts are hoarders. A “clever” storage solution never really solves anything. A new box or organizer won’t make you tidy. Pursue ultimate simplicity.
9. Start with what you know will be easy to get rid of. If you start with mementos or items you attach a functional value, it will be harder to know if they spark joy. Start with items that are easier to make decisions about, and then you will be in the right mindset to tackle mementos later.