Marie Kondo's Secrets To Being Organised Forever

Marie Kondo is a self-professed tidying freak and acclaimed author of 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering & Tidying Up'. Her latest book is an international bestseller and has sold millions worldwide. Since the age of 15, Marie has studied the art of tidying and even developed her own method of organising called the KonMari method which essentially started out as a manic obsession with tidying. Here are four foolproof ways to declutter your home according to Marie Kondo.  

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1.       Finish tidying first 

The secret to success when tidying is to finish getting rid of the things you don't use or need first. Storing unnecessary items away will not solve your clutter problems. You can only plan your storage strategy once you have decided what to keep and discard. Don't be distracted by your job of discarding rather face it head on and get it done quickly. 

2.       Determine if an item sparks joy

Kondo's philosophy on decluttering stems from a simple guide to choose things that spark joy. The simple criterion for deciding what to keep and what to discard is whether or not an item brings you joy. She emphasises that it is important to touch it and firmly hold it in both hands to determine whether an object brings you joy. If an item sparks joy then you should keep it regardless of if it is still useful to you or not.

3.       Tidy by category, not by location 

Don't fall into the habit of shuffling things from room to room, rather tidy by category. This means tidying up all things in the same category in one go. Marie Kondo uses the example of tidying your clothes for instance. The first step is to gather every single item of clothing you own and put it into one pile so that you can get an accurate idea of just how much clothing you have. 

4.       Divide you storage space into square compartments

Once you have stored items by category into one spot then organising that space should be done in square compartments. Our homes are naturally square spaces that work best with square storage spaces. For this reason it is better to choose square boxes rather than round ones. 

 

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Victoria Ashwin