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While I highly recommend reading Marie Kondo’s book, I thought it might be helpful to summarize her method of “tidying” since I get so many questions about it. I sought out to give a 1-minute explanation… ready… go!
Who is Marie Kondo?
Marie Kondo is an author and organizing professional from Japan. She has written a few books, most notably, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Millions of books have sold worldwide and she has created an empire of #konverts who have adapted their organizing techniques to her style.
What is this system of hers?
Basically, things in your home should either spark joy and/or serve a purpose. All items that don’t, should be thanked and sent on to their next home.
What is her process?
- Do each category in one session, don’t drag it on and on.
- Hold each item and ask if it sparks joy or is necessary. If yes, you should keep it. If not, let it go.
- Organize after all of the purging is done. When working with clothing or linen, this includes a suggested way to fold that is more approachable.
The Final Result
You will have a home where everything is useful, necessary and or brings you joy. Just imagine that for a second…
…and 1 minute done!
So, it’s an organizing technique that is a little quirky but results in a happier home and family. The verbal thanking of each gift seems odd but everyone does it in their own way when it comes down to it. Don’t let that turn you off. This book is incredibly motivating. I knew we needed a change and finally found the drive to make it happen after reading this book. To be clear, I did not do our home fully using Marie Kondo’s methods. However, I attribute my motivation to start, with this book.
If you are feeling like you need something to help you get started, try this book! Order Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing here! I also recommend this post that may diagnose why you haven;t started… check out #1 Reason You Haven’t Started Decluttering Yet: And How to Solve It!