Acclaimed organizing consultant Marie Kondo is turning into a global phenomenon. Marie coined her method of organizing the “KonMari Method” and it’s motivating people to go through their closets, cupboards, and everywhere else in their homes to get rid of the items that are not needed or don’t bring them joy.
Marie also has a new series on Netflix called Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. She goes into clients’ homes and does makeovers to teach them how clear out the clutter – and keep their whole home that way.
With each step of the makeover, you learn specific steps that you can then apply to your home. It’s very motivational and fun to watch while you work your way through one of your own closets.
Marie Kondo has written two books that detail her true love for tidying and teaches how anyone can get that same joy while decluttering their own home.
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Is Marie Kondo’s Method of Organizing The Best Method?
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About a year ago I read Marie’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Since then I’ve been focusing on getting rid of items I don’t need, and not buying new things.
I’ve made great progress! The process has made me realize, among other things, that I have so many clothes that I like but never wear simply because I have too many clothes!
However, I have not followed Marie’s exact “KonMari” method. I modified her method to fit my lifestyle.
For example, Marie suggests to collect all similar items, such as all books, from your entire house. Once you have them all in one spot, Marie say’s you can better decide which to keep and which to toss. If you keep having to decide which books to keep as you move through your house, Marie says you feel like your’e not gaining traction.
If I were to collect all, say my clothing from the entire house, it would take me way more time than I am able to devote while still working a day job and basic daily living! But I do see her point, and try to gather like items where it makes sense and is doable for me.
Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t follow the Marie Kondo system of organization to a tee.
- Too overwhelming to organize your whole bathroom? Focus on one shelf in the closet.
- Life is too crazy to ever devote a whole weekend? Designate 10 minutes per day – the same time every day – to be your decluttering time.
Over time, you’ll be impressed with your progress. It’s very rewarding to have an organized area. And once it’s organized, it’s easier to keep it that way. Everything has a place it belongs.
The Joy is in the Process
I recently had a staycation in which I took the time to declutter several of my closets. I’m certain I must have the most organized bathroom in the town! And it’s so nice to go to my clothes closet and know where everything is located. Life is good!
The best part of my organization effort is that I really enjoyed the process of getting rid of stuff that we don’t either need, use, or love – which is the part of Marie’s philosophy that I did adopt.
I highly suggest watching the videos below that show some of Marie’s techniques and even reading her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
And then I suggest you think about how much time you have and what might be the best strategy for you to get your home more organized. How much time do you have? Do you want to devote a whole weekend? Or maybe you can only start with 10 minutes per day. They’re all valid choices, you just need to choose what will make you feel good about your process and progress.
You also need to think about what “organized” means to you, because it certainly means different things to different people. For example, if you have young children, you can’t care about having too many books around your house.
At certain points in your life you’ll be better positioned to live clutter-free. At other times you’re thankful to be able to sit while eating!
Bottom line, find the way that works f or you. The Marie Kondo is not the only way to get organized.
Set Yourself Free. It’s Just Stuff.
Are you so overwhelmed with overstuffed closets that you don’t even know where to begin? The sheer volume of stuff can be paralyzing.
To help you get on your journey to a more clutter-free home, I’ve selected 5 videos featuring Marie Kondo and her amazing tidying techniques.
No matter what your personal strategy preference to getting rid of clutter, these videos show some of Marie’s techniques that can be applied to your decluttering mission.
Once you get on your way to a clutter-free life, you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.
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5 Videos Featuring Marie Kondo’s Tidying Tips
The following video has 10 incredibly helpful tips from Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. It goes step-by-step with the simple yet important steps to decluttering your home.
In the following video, Marie Kondo brings her world-renowned tidying expertise to Katie Couric’s closet, where—let’s just say—not everything is “sparking joy.”
The following video features Marie Kondo giving Sheinelle Jones from the Today Show tricks for making her day easier. They address Sheinelle’s closets and also declutter her purse. Learn the proper way to fold and how to decide what to remove.
In the following video, Marie Kondo teaches clients how to let go of items they don’t need anymore – particularly baby clothes. Learn all her top tricks including keeping only those items that sparks joy. Marie gets the family to a point where keeping their house organized feels doable.
Watch as Marie Kondo demonstrates her specific method for folding clothes, as detailed in her bestselling books – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and Spark Joy.
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If you haven’t already, sit back and take a little self-care time to watch the Marie Kondo videos. Get inspired to make your home a clutter-free zone. Then decide how much time you’re able to devote.
If you’re like me, physical clutter in your home can cause mental clutter in your mind. It really is freeing to donate or throw away items you no longer need or enjoy.
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