The world has fallen in love with Maria Kondo. She’s a Japanese organizing consultant and successful author, who has written four books on organizing. Those books have gone on to collectively sell millions of copies all around the world.
Netflix released her unexpected hit ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ at the start of the month, and the internet exploded. This show is the perfect thing to watch and get inspiration from if one of your 2019 goals is to declutter your home.
If you haven’t seen the show yet, here are some of her best tips for cleaning up your home.
1. Take inventory.
One of the first things she has people do is dump ALL their clothing in one spot. Once they see how much they have, it’s easier to get rid of stuff. It works with other things too, like books and old electronics.
2. Declutter in a specific order.
Clothes are a good thing to start with, because they’re relatively easy to let go of. Then you can move on to things like old paperwork. And sentimental stuff comes last, because you need to get used to letting go of stuff first.
3. Look at each item and ask yourself if it “sparks joy” in you.
Hold each item in your hand, then decide if it really brings you joy. And if it doesn’t, get rid of it. If you’re honest about it, you’ll end up surrounded by ONLY the stuff that makes you happy.
4. Make sure every item has a place.
Don’t leave your shoes by the door OR in your bedroom OR under the table. Any of those spots are fine, just choose ONE of them and be strict about it. It’ll help avoid clutter, and you’ll always know where everything is.
5. Respect your belongings.
In each episode, she has people kneel on the floor and silently pay respect to their home. And every time they get rid of something, they thank it for its service, because it makes it easier to let go.
She also has a method of folding that has now gone viral. It’s a space saver AND makes it easy to pick our what to wear when stacked in your drawers. Mind. Blown.
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