Does it spark joy? That’s the million dollar question from the show of the moment: Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Becoming an internet and netflix sensation, Marie Kondo paths a journey through stardom, teaching us how to bring joy to our life through the simple decluttering of our homes. As design lovers and enthusiasts such as you, we just couldn’t pass this chance to introduce to you Marie Kondo‘s guide to decluttering your home. Continue reading to learn more from the master of organization!
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If you’re unfamiliar with Marie Kondo and somehow have been oblivious to all the buzz around her, let us tell you a few things. This 34-year-old expert in organization made her way into the spotlight in 2014 when she published her number one New York Times best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” which has sold millions of copies and been published in more than 30 countries. Since then Kondo has been named one of TIME’s “100 most influential people,” created a product line of storage boxes, and moved from Tokyo to the U.S. to launch her lifestyle brand KonMari Media. She built an empire, based in San Francisco, where her company trains and certifies hundreds of organizing professionals from around the world to practice and preach her clutter-free doctrine.
Now that you know who she is, why not learn more about her teachings? Declutter your life with Marie Kondo!
Lesson #1: Tackle categories instead of rooms
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It’s true, most of us tackle our chores by room, but Marie Kondo gives us a different advice: tackle by category. Deal with every single one of your clothes first, then books, and so on, otherwise they will continue to creep from room to room and you will find yourself overwhelmed. Clothes are the first category you should get your hands on, as it’s the one less emotionally loaded.
Lesson #2: Consider your belonging’s feelings
We know it may sound silly, but Marie Kondo advises you to consider your belonging’s feelings, whether they would like being squashed into a corner or crowded into hangers or on messy shelves. It sounds silly but take a look at the messy spots in your home and you’ll notice a change in you: you’ll want more than ever to tackle that clutter.
Lesson #3: Nostalgia is not your friend
Sometimes when we start cleaning up our home we are struck by the nostalgia of a childhood toy, an old photograph or a beloved gift from the past. Keep all those distractions away and focus solely on what you need, what sparks joy, what could be reused and bring joy into your life, and throw away anything else that isn’t functional, practical, beloved or brings joy to you.
Lesson #4: Fold, fold, fold
If there is one thing Marie Kondo always teaches us is to fold, not hang. She honestly believes that folding your clothing and place it on a dresser is more reliable than hanging them on your closet and she has taught us many ways to fold expertly in other to fit more in less space, keeping everything neat and organized, just as we like it.
These are the main lessons Marie Kondo teaches us, smartly and neatly bringing joy into our lives with a simple declutter spree in your home.
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