Japanese organizing consultant, Marie Kondo, has inspired us to get organized this year. The Marie Kondo method is now a universal technique that teaches people to get rid of clutter in their homes and motivate them to live better.
Kondo has made a name for herself after her series on Netflix aired called, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Kondo has inspired people all over the world to tidy up their homes and live a happy lifestyle. Listed below are some organization tips Marie Kondo style.
Tackle Categories, Not Rooms
Kondo’s first organization rule is to tidy up by category. You may have always thought to start room by room, but truth be known you will never rein in the clutter.
Kondo advises you to begin with clothing because it has the least amount of emotional attachment compared to items like books, photographs, etc.
Get Rid of Excess
As humans, we are all guilty of hanging onto things we don’t need anymore. Instead of having a junk drawer filled with papers and bills that you no longer need, get rid of it. Old credit card bills, warranties, you name it. It is okay to get rid of these items.
Besides, nowadays most paperwork can be accessed digitally so what is the need to hang on to all the paper clutter?
Organize Vertically, Not Horizontally
Kondo says, “Arranging things vertically will save space and allow your belongings to become more eye-catching.”
Just like Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, start by arranging your most important items at the top and the least important towards the bottom.
Minimalize Your Clothing
After reading and learning from the minimalist herself, Kondo teaches us how often we should clear out our clothing. She says, “When you open your closet, hold the piece of clothing in your hand and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”
Nostalgia Is Not Your Friend
Kondo insists when you are cleaning your drawers and closets out”, filled with old memories, you must put your blinders on.”
The theory behind her reasoning is, if we were to sit and go through every old picture and letter, we would be crawling down a rabbit hole of nostalgia.
After taking Kondo’s advice on organization and decluttering. “We can assure you will live a simple, but happy lifestyle.”
Getting dressed and ready for the day will no longer be a chore. You won’t have to dig through drawers filled with paperwork. And you will have more appreciation for the items you do own.