Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has been a huge hit for Netflix, inspiring all of us to organize and tidy up our homes. If you don’t already know, Marie Kondo is a brilliant Japanese decluttering guru that believes that tidying your home can improve your quality of life in a big way!
After binging the eight-episode series, we thought we’d share with you what we think are the 8 best organizing tips & takeaways from Kondo’s new Netflix series.
1. Follow the KonMari Method
Kondo has developed six basic rules for tidying. These simple items are the foundation of her brand. If you apply them to your household, you may just see amazing results.
Marie Kondo’s six rules for tidying are:
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first.
- Tidy by category — not location.
- Follow the right order.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
2. If It Does Not Spark Joy, Get Rid of It
When you’re struggling to decide whether to keep or discard an item, the selection criteria we must consider according to Kondo is this:
Does it spark joy?
Kondo suggests holding each item in our hands one by one and see which ones speak to us. If it doesn’t, it’s best to just send the item on its way so someone else can enjoy it.
3. Tackle Categories, Not Rooms
A lot of people tend to tackle clutter by the room — take on the kitchen first, the office next. Kondo’s rule is to tidy by category. For example, deal with every single one of your books at once, otherwise they’ll continue to creep from room to room, and you’ll never be able to declutter.
3. Keep Like Items Together By Size in Drawers.
In your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, using smaller boxes inside your drawers to store similar items together can make staying tidy a lot easier.
4. Finish Discarding First
In terms of tidying, Kondo boils the process down to two steps: discarding and deciding where to store the remaining things. Of the two, she insists that discarding must come first.
“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, first discard of the things that have outlived their purpose.”
5. Follow Kondo’s Method of Stacking Clothes
Kondo’s vertical folding technique makes everything easy to spot. She folds and stacks clothes like books. To do this, say with jeans, fold them in half and then in thirds so they look like a square with a folded edge and an open edge. She then stacks them upright in the drawer. When you look in, you see the folded edge of each pair.
6. Tidy Up in One Sweep
Set aside the entire day to go through by category and discard. Doing it all in one day will also allow you to understand how much stuff you really have, Kondo says. Plus it’ll help you avoid the feeling that you’ve been tidying up forever without making any progress.
7. Follow the Right Order
According to Kondo, the proper order is: clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items and finally, sentimental items. Have you ever run across an old photo album while tidying and found that hours have gone by while you were looking at the album? This is a common road block, and proves the point of tidying up in the proper order.
8. Stay Committed & Know That There’s an End
Don’t be discouraged if you see your room getting messier before it gets more organized. It’s part of the process! Just focus on how happy you will be when your home is organized — Marie Kondo style!