Bestselling author and Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo has some of the best tips in changing the way you look at your wardrobe and freeing up space in your life. Following the success of her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we have taken the best notes and advices that she has offered everyone in tidying up your respective closets and we are glad to share to you some snippets from the KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing.
Taking some valuable tips from Kondo’s book, here is a quick guide for all our fashionista friends:
- Clean up everything all at the same time. Tidying up from time to time just does not work. Everything will be back to a whole clutter again quickly when you cleaning is done sporadically.
- Imagine where you are going next – your destination. Make a goal in your mind and stay with it, like “I want to be surrounded in peace and beauty” before throwing stuff away so you can stay with the important things that you want to surround you to make you feel that you are in a nice environment.
- Ask yourself what you envision every day to live. Like if you want to live without a mess daily to be able to start a good calm evening in the living room after work, ask yourself, “Why do I have to relax after work?” Say this 3-5 times. When you get your response to yourself on why you want to be clean, you can go on.
- Identify if each of your stuff “sparks joy”. Kondo shares that other than focusing on throwing away things which leads to unhappiness, cherish the ones that you love. You can do this by taking an item in your hand and ask yourself if this item gives you joy. If your answer is yes, then keep it, if not, throw it away. Touching the item is important so you can feel how your body reacts to it. It is your body and feelings that tell you what to do.
- Clean up by category and not by location. This has been always done in many houses as people tend to put stuff in a storage or a place thinking that it helps in organizing. It does at first but eventually, it all gets piled up. With your clothes, get it all out of your closet and drawer in every room. Start tidying with your shirts first then pants then continue moving forward. Kondo also shares the art of folding, which will give you much space in your closet.
- Kondo recommends to organize in order: Clothes then books, then papers and the Komono (miscellaneous stuff). Check more on the techniques on her website and get to know more on how to separate things in categories and sub-categories.Seams for
Dreams recommends the book The Life
Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Visit www.konmari.com to get a copy and get more information on the KonMari Method.
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