With the news of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up finally hitting the number one spot in USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list, we thought we would celebrate by sharing our most-loved tips from Marie’s book.
Marie’s fresh new approach to decluttering has given homes across the world a new lease of life by simply saying goodbye to items we don’t need, and cleverly arranging those we do need. So, without further ado, here are five lessons we’ve learned from our new guru, Marie Kondo.
Tidy by category
When it comes to cleaning, most of us start the job room by room. For a more productive approach, Marie tackles her decluttering category by category, for example books, clothes, documents, etc. This prevents us from simply putting unwanted items into the guest room, and dealing with them head on.
Don’t go down the nostalgia rabbit hole
The task of decluttering often means coming across a lot of old items that you had forgotten about. More often than not, this leads to an unscheduled hour of reading old letters and looking through photo albums. Kondo insists on putting your blinders on, and only focusing on the task at hand. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
It’s ALL about the vertical fold
Ever tried to find something at the bottom of a drawer, only to mess the whole thing up in the process? Worry no more, Marie’s vertical folding technique is here to solve all your problems. By folding your clothing and stacking them vertically instead of horizontally, you can see every item in the drawer and grab each one with no hassle. Life changing.
Fall back in love with your closet
With clothes stacked and piled in various places around the bedroom, getting dressed in the morning can become a chore that you dread. However, by mercilessly tossing any clothes you no longer wear, you can fit all of your favourite and most worn clothes into your closet, and fall back in love with it all over again.
Does it spark joy?
If you’re umming and ahhing when it comes to donating or disposing of your belongings, Marie suggests picking each item up and asking yourself “does it spark joy?”. If the answer is no, throw it out. If the answer is a yes, keep it! It’s that simple.
We don’t know about you, but when it comes to decluttering, we are total Kondo-converts. If you are too, head over to our Facebook to share your favourite tips.