Even if you haven't seen the show or read the book these Marie Kondo Tips To Help You Tidy Up will have you feeling joy in no time!
This new Netflix Show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has everyone cleaning out closets and thanking all of their things. Don't know what I am talking about? I highly suggest you tune in for at least one episode. Marie Kondo is a world-renowned author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Basically, her new show is Marie herself helping families use her method to declutter and organize their homes so they are more peaceful to live in. Of all the Marie Kondo tips here are a few that I think are the most helpful.
Marie Kondo Tips
Work in Sections
When you decided to organize and declutter your house it has the potential to be a lot of work. Break your home into sections, or better yet categories. For example, start with clothing, then move onto books, etc. By working in sections you are less likely to be overwhelmed and more likely to get the job done.
It brings a smile to my face to say that Marie Kondo's method is simple. Does an item make you happy? Does it spark joy? If so, keep it. If it doesn't, and you can't remember why you have it let it go. In the same respect, if an item truly brings you joy then you need to treat it that way. Everything you keep needs to have a place to live. That makes sense, doesn't it?
Make a pile
You can't truly appreciate how many clothes you have or how many Tupperware containers are really in that cabinet until you make a pile. It may seem like working backward to dump everything in a heap, but when you stand back and look at that pile of clothes you may evaluate it differently. Just by getting an accurate visual of how much you own can shift your perspective on what you need to keep.
Less is More
I would love to scream this from the rooftops. The less is more concept has really clicked with me lately. When you have less you care for and appreciate what you do have more. This goes for any type of item. Not only will you be able to care for what you have better, but you will not buy as much! YES, it will save you money!
A great example of this was my horribly disorganized linen closet. I had no idea what was in there so I was always buying more towels, and blankets. When I got in there to use these Marie Kondo tips I wanted to die! There was so much! Now that it is folded and put away properly, I won't be buying linens for a long time.
We all have a ton of pictures and keepsakes, whether they are in boxes, albums or frames. Cherishing those items that hold our dearest memories should really take higher priority. Sorting through and featuring some of your favorites in your house will not only help bring joy to your life, but it will make it feel more like a home. Since really getting into the show organizing all of our family photos has moved up on my priority list.
Just because an item does not bring joy to you, does not mean it can't bring joy to someone else. Thank your items for being there for whatever their purpose and donate them to a good cause. Some great places to donate would be a woman's shelter, goodwill, etc. Those items have the potential to go on and do good for someone else.
Before you donate, try to make a few bucks by having a garage sale. Make the most with these great garage sale staging tips! (Read them here)
No right or wrong way
This is my favorite part. There really is no right or wrong way to use these Marie Kondo Tips to help you tidy up. Get rid of as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. The key is to bring my joy into your home and to help you appreciate and feel happier in your surroundings. Typically the less clutter there is in your home, you will feel less stress. You can start small and work your way up, just choose joy!