Marie Kondo is one of the most popular names in the world right now. Since the debut of her Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo earlier this month, people have binged the series and decided to 'Marie Kondo' up their households, holding up everything from clothes, to books to toys and seeing if it 'sparks joy' within them or not.
But before Marie Kondo arrived on Netflix, she also was the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which was released in 2015. The book uses a lot of practices seen on her Netflix series, but according to reviews, also offers a lot more. It is regularly described as 'life-changing' in the Amazon reviews.
So what are some of the best tips from the book and the show?
"Does it spark joy?"
Marie Kondo believes the best way to chose whether or not to keep something is to hold each item in your hand and decide whether it sparks joy. If you do get an uplifting feeling when you hold it, it stays. Choosing items this way means that after you finish decluttering you will only be surrounded with items that make you happy, which is a great feeling.
Decanting household products
Something Marie Kondo talks a lot about in her book is how much "noise" branded products add to our space. Every single day when we open our computers, or get the mail, or step out into town we are subjected to a huge number of brands and ads. Marie Kondo reveals that "By eliminating excess visual information that doesn't spark joy, you can make your space much more peaceful and comfortable."
While it takes a little effort to rid of the labels on your soaps and body washes, the end result is well worth it and leaves all your spaces looking a lot more clean, elegant and less-clutter-y.
The best way to fold your clothes
Marie Kondo's method of folding clothes is a gamechanger. The idea is to fold your clothes into one long strip, fold this in half and then into thirds to create a small square that you can sit upright in your drawer. Not only can you fit a lot more items into one drawer, you can actually see what is in your drawer too so that you don't need to waste time digging through everything.
Take an inventory of what you have
When you are using the KonMari method, Marie Kondo suggests taking an inventory of what you have. Dump everything you have in the room in one spot, it really puts everything you have in perspective. You can then go through and use the 'sparks joy' method and also realise that you probably don't need to hold onto all of those extension cords or holey socks.
Take the tags/packinging off of new stuff straight away
When you buy new stuff during or after you have KonMari'd your home, Marie Kondo suggests that you take off all of the packaging and get rid of all of your tags on items.
“This is how I see it: clothes in a store are products, whereas clothes in the home are personal possessions,” Kondo writes. “Clothes that still have their price tag on have not yet been made our own and therefore they don’t quite ‘belong.’ Overpowered by the aura of ‘legitimate’ clothes, they are less noticeable. It is only noticeable that we overlook and eventually even forget them as we look through our wardrobe.”
Everything has a place
Another tip in the KonMari method is to make sure that everything has a place. That means if something is left sitting out in your home, you can easily put it straight back where it belongs rather than fluffing it around and just chucking it away somewhere random.
Take everything out of your handbag at the end of each day
This task is a daunting one for many. Tipping out the contents of a handbag can be scary, from the amount of reciepts, chewing gum wrappers, tampons, bobby pins and lip products that bounce around in your bag next to your phone, wallet, car keys can be unimaginable. But by commiting to taking your stuff out of your purse each day, ridding yourself of the rubbish and things that you don't actually need in there, you feel surprisingly refreshed. It is also a lot easier to reach in and fish out your keys which often sink right to the bottom of the bag.
It's okay to throw out gifts
Throwing out gifts can be quite hard. Someone used their hard earned cash, or their time to gift you with something special. And even though it sits there collecting dust, parting with it can often make you feel like a bad person. But Marie Kondo puts any of those feelings at ease by writing, “The true purpose of a present is to be received,” Kondo writes. “Presents are not ‘things’ but a means for conveying someone else’s feelings. When viewed from this perspective, you don’t need to feel guilty for parting with a gift. … Surely, the person who gave it to you doesn’t want you to use it out of a sense of obligation, or to put it away without using it, only to feel guilty every time you see it.”
Declutter in a specific order
Clothes, books, paper and then “komono” is the order that Marie Kondo reccomends when it comes to decluttering. Clothes and books first as they're easier to make a decision on, and sentimental items are left until last.
Respect your belongings
Marie Kondo sits quietly and silently pays her respects to the house for what it has given the owner at the start of each episode of her Netflix series. While it may seem a little out there, the KonMari method of taking the time to 'greet your house' as well as thanking each item you declutter for it's service makes it easier to let go of once-cherished things. This also makes you appreciate what you have and to treat each item with respect.