Organization guru Marie Kondo is completely changing the way people approach tidying up.
Coming off of Kondo’s mega-successful 2014 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, her 2016 follow-up and her popular Netflix series, Tidying up with Marie Kondo, spring cleaning has never looked so appealing. Kondo’s approach to decluttering is simple. Known as the KonMari method, you only need to ask yourself one question, “Does this item spark joy?”
As you head into spring cleaning mode, consider Kondo’s wise words. Of course, it’s much easier said than done to part ways with a sentimental dress or pricey pair of shoes. However, if you’re equipped with the right organization tools, it will make the entire process a whole lot easier (perhaps even joyful).
Whether you plan to tackle your clothes, shoes, kitchen or paperwork first, we have curated the best products to get you on the right tidying track, following the six cardinal KonMari rules.
Commit yourself to tidying up.
Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Finish discarding first.
Tidy by category, not by location.
Follow the right order.
Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
Let’s be honest, closets are essentially black holes. They’re a dark abyss where favorite items of clothing become increasingly impossible to find as the years go on. Just remember, when approaching this behemoth tidying task, start slowly. Ask yourself, “Does this item spark joy?” Once you’ve sorted through all the clutter, you’ll be more inclined to take care of what you actually do own.
One of Kondo’s foremost tips is to avoid piling up your mail and keeping unnecessary paperwork. Once you keep your office space neat and organized, you’ll be amazed at how much your productivity increases too.
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Let’s be real, kitchens can get very messy. After all, it’s where all the “magic” happens when it comes to cooking. But while tidying up, it can be hard to imagine a pot or pan “sparking joy.” The key here is to think about one of Kondo’s other golden rules: “Imagine your ideal lifestyle.” If you, like many of us, made a resolution this year to cook at home more often, but haven’t quite done so, starting by organizing your kitchen can help. Have you considered the effects a gorgeous, well-organized kitchen may have on you?
We know it might be hard to part ways with your beloved platform heels from your ’20s, but when was the last time you wore them? The best thing you can do for yourself before organizing your shoes is finish discarding the ones you don’t need (per Kondo’s rule No. 3). If you’re someone who needs to see your shoes in order to remember you even have them, there are luckily plenty of shoe racks and organizers that will completely change the game for you.
“Boxes are the king of storage,” Kondo told MarthaStewart.com. If there’s any declutter hack Kondo swears by, it’s the power of boxes. Use them to store everything from your clothes to books to toys and more throughout your home. Stack them in drawers or on shelves.
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No matter what drawer you’re thinking of tidying up, remember to “tidy by category,” not necessarily by room or location. This way, if you’re looking for your pens, kitchen utensils, makeup or your underwear, you know exactly where to find it.
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