16 of the best organizing tips from Marie Kondo

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“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” premiered in 2019. 
  • Questioning whether your items “spark joy” is one of Kondo’s biggest tidying up hacks. 
  • Feelings of gratitude toward your home, your family, and even your possessions can become stronger using Marie Kondo’s tips.
  • Getting everyone in your household can help with tidying and may also lead to an overall better sense of communication and cooperation.

Tidying expert Marie Kondo has built a decluttering empire over time — first as a tidying consultant and then as an author of two bestselling books about her KonMari decluttering process. Her KonMari method is said to help you organize your belongings and change the way you regard yourself, your possessions, and the people you care about.

Now, Kondo has brought her brand of decluttering magic to Netflix and her series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” shows her full process in action. Whether you’re new to KonMari or you’ve read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Spark Joy” from cover to cover, you might find that the show can inspire you with its organization and decluttering makeovers. 

Here are some of the biggest organizing lessons and tips learned from “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

Stay committed to the process and know that there’s an end.

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Your room might need to get messier before it gets more organized. 

Because each household has individual concerns and collections of items, your process will look completely different from someone else’s. In “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” we see a number of different households from a newly single woman to young, first-time parents with toddlers. 

All of these people have different concerns but in every case, they used the KonMari rules to wrangle their possessions and declutter successfully. It may take more than a month if you have a lot of items but the time spent can be worth it and having that end goal in sight is usually helpful for keeping you and your family on task.

Kondo suggests following the KonMari method without skipping steps.

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She suggests imagining your ideal lifestyle as you tidy up. 

Throughout her decluttering career, Marie Kondo has developed six basic rules for tidying. These simple items are the basis of her brand — but if you apply them to your household, you may just see results.

Marie Kondo’s six rules for tidying are:

  1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  3. Finish discarding first.
  4. Tidy by category — not location.
  5. Follow the right order.
  6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

At first, the idea of “sparking joy” may make you raise an eyebrow — but it makes a huge difference.

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Kondo suggests getting rid of things, including shoes, that don’t spark joy. 

Think about the little things that truly give you a little zip of pleasure. Maybe it’s holding a puppy, or wearing your favorite outfit, or styling your hair a certain way. That’s the feeling Marie Kondo encourages everyone to look for when they’re sorting through their belongings.

Touch is a big part of it. If you hold a piece of clothing in your hands and you feel that joy because you remember how good it looks on you, you should keep it. But if it never fit right in the first place, or is the wrong color for your skin tone, it’s probably better off finding a new home. This idea applies to toys, DVDs, kitchen utensils, tools and almost anything else in your home.

Walk through your entire home and pay attention to everything so you’ll know how you want to categorize your items for sorting.

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Paying attention to your home can help you to organize later. 

Marie Kondo advises starting with your clothing then working your way through miscellaneous items, documents, and books. She suggests finishing the process with sentimental items so by the time you’re ready to tackle sentimental items, you’ll be more in tune with what truly sparks joy in your heart and how you want to treasure it and give it a proper home of its own within your home.

What “tidying by category” looks like is very different from “tidying by location.”

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It can be helpful to see how much of everything you have. 

Instead of going room by room, with Marie Kondo’s rule of tidying by category, you first start with clothes. Have each person in the house gather all of their clothes and put them all into a single pile so you can see everything you have. In many cases, you might be surprised to see just how much clothing you own.

After you see the full scope of everything you have, Kondo suggests deciding what you want to keep, what you want to donate, and what you want to throw away. 

Folding is the key to the KonMari method and it can make a huge difference in your wardrobe.

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Kondo’s folding method can help you to organize your clothing. 

KonMari folding is all about rectangles and folding things into thirds so the item is compact, but the fabric isn’t stressed or stretched out. When clothing is folded this way, the rectangles can stand up by themselves. This makes keeping your drawers organized a cinch.

Plus, the result is pleasant to look at and you can instantly identify where all the items in that drawer are or whether they’re currently in the laundry because they’re not in their correct spot.

If you live in a multi-member household, turn folding clothes together into a habit.

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You might encourage each member of the household to fold their own clothes. 

That way, everyone respects their clothes a little more and also, everyone knows where their stuff is. The mental housework burden can be extremely hard on a family’s primary caregiver and working together as a group in this way can go a long way toward creating a less stressed out group that’s happier and more relaxed.

Don’t be discouraged if your home temporarily looks worse while you’re in the process of tidying.

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It’s okay if you can’t organize everything in one day. 

You have to take everything out and examine it to know what you want to keep and what you want to toss. As long as you follow all the steps in the process, Kondo says you can reach the end and your home will be tidier.

Promise yourself a realistic end point — for example, one family on an episode of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” had been in their home for over 50 years. That family will likely have more possessions to sort through than a young couple who just moved into their first home. 

Don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t do everything in one day — most people can’t. It might even take over a month, but with a commitment to hard work and an end goal in mind, Kondo says you can do it.

Keep like items together by size in drawers.

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You may want to store your pots together if they’re similar sizes. 

In your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, using smaller boxes inside your drawers to corral like items together can make staying tidy a lot easier.

Store things in a way that you can see them.

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Clear storage bins can make it easy to see what you have. 

If you’re putting your items into closed boxes on shelves, try to use clear boxes so you can see what’s inside. This will help you avoid buying multiples of the same thing because you don’t remember that you already have it.

Make sure everything in your home has its own home to return to.

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Everything should have a place. 

When you walk in the door, having a place to hang up your coat, store your shoes, and place your bag can make a big difference. So Kondo suggests trying to find a certain home for everything within your home. 

Don’t store anything you want to keep in big, plastic bags.

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Save the bags for your actual garbage. 

Doing so can make it hard to see and appreciate what you have and it can make your belongings feel less valuable. Instead, use clear boxes for everything that will be stored on shelves so that you can see what you have. According to Kondo, small opaque boxes are fine to help organize things that will be stored inside drawers since you will be viewing their contents from the top.

Store things you use more frequently in easier to reach places and things you only use once in a while in harder to reach places.

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Make items you use often easy to access. 

For example, store your everyday dishes on the eye-level shelves of your kitchen cabinets and store any special or seasonal dishes up high or down low in those more difficult-to-reach locations. That way, you can utilize all your storage space in a sensible, livable way.

When possible, store things vertically.

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Vertical storage can create the illusion of more space. 

Kitchen utensils, straws, and other long items can be stored in containers that make them stand upright so they’re easy to see, access, and use.

When you find items that are precious to you in the “sentimental items” category, it’s important to find good ways to store them.

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You can find ways to display some sentimental possessions. 

Photos can go in an album or a box, but Kondo says you want to avoid shoving them somewhere and assuming you’ll revisit them later. By confronting all of your possessions head on and finding a permanent home for them, Kondo says you can find the joy of completing your organizing.

Tidying via the KonMari method can help change the way you view your possessions and, by extension, the rest of your life.

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Kondo suggests tidying up can change how you view your life. 

You’ll see this time and time again if you watch the series. No matter who’s doing the tidying,  it isn’t just about the items you’re rearranging. Each episode of Kondo’s show seems to show just how much tidying your home can improve your quality of life.

10 Best Organizing Tips To Help You

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We all want that “perfect” house that is organized, every day.  Right? I know I do.  I like my house to look “Pinterest ready” every day and I do not like to have anything out of place, it brings me down.  I like everything to be fresh, organized, and beautiful.  This is a serious task for every day for most of us!  I work all day, and I don’t feel like doing it after work, right?  Well, that’s where my nightly planner comes in and I must say, that’s the only way I keep a tidy home.  Once in the morning before I start work and once in the evening before bed, I clean up everything.  This morning I was able to get my kitchen done, some laundry, and the bathroom in the hallway.  I’ve compiled 10 of the best organizing tips for you all to go through!  Tonight I’ll redo my kitchen after dinner, fold up the basket I have, and vacuum my living room!

  1. Create a Command Station

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I have a command station right on my kitchen wall and it works.  It makes you aware of what you’re doing that day and things like that. The kitchen command center should be where all of your paperwork arrives – bills and other mail, school papers, medical papers, etc. Think of what type of papers you tend to collect and receive, and create a file folder for them.

2. Add a Towel Rack to the Linen Closet

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They’re not just for bathrooms. An over-the-door hanger creates out-of-sight storage space for extra tablecloths, throws, or towels.

3. Practice File Folding
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Folding towels (or even t-shirts!) upright allows you to see everything you own in a single glance. Color code from light to dark for added organization.

 

4. Make Car Seating Work Harder
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Plastic shower pockets hold everything a mom could possibly need on a road trip (or, heck, a supermarket run) with kids or even yourself.  As a person that LOVES hiking in remote places, this would is amazing.  You can take a bunch of things and always have those things in place for when you want to go.

 

5. Hang a Hair Station
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Affix small bins with adhesive strips on cabinet doors to create a home for hot tools, brushes, and hair ties. A magnetic strip keeps bobby pins, nail clippers, and tweezers from getting lost.

 

6. Corral Underwear
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Storing undies in cute compartments helps you instantly see every pair you own.

 

7. Use Cabinet Sides for Storage
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Get wet sponges and scrubbers off your countertop by placing them in desk organizers hung on the side of nearby cabinets (an ever-underutilized space).

 

8. Block Clutter With Something Pretty

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Since it’s often too easy to just throw things anywhere, flip the script and make it harder to cause a pile-up. “Place a plant, a figurine, or a framed photo on your side tables, or add a table runner or centerpiece to a dining room table,” says professional organizer Maeve Richmond.

 

9. Organize Makeup With Magnets
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Glue magnets to your favorite palettes and stick them up on a magnetic board, like Margaret did at Janicki Photography. This way, your countertop remains clear, but your makeup is still within easy reach.  I really like this idea!

 

10. Take Back Dead Space
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A traditional ironing board eats up a valuable room with its X-like frame (and who actually folds it up after every use?). This clever IKEA hack turns the top of a long table into an ironing space and offers spots for baskets underneath.

 

 

Do you have some useful tips?  Share them with me!

7 Japanese House Cleaning Hacks, That You’ll Want to Copy NOW!

Cleaning can be stressful!

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Between work, kids and other responsibilities, tidying your home can be the very last thing on your mind.

Because of our busy lives, we often find ourselves living in cluttered and disorganized living conditions.

Luckily, Marie Kondo, Japanese professional organizer and author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” has swept the world (no pun intended!) with her simple yet very effective “KonMari” method for cleaning your home from top to bottom with minimal effort. 

If you would like to know what these secrets entail, keep scrolling below to check them out.


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Japanese cleaning secrets that will make your life easier.

 

1. Discard what doesn’t bring you joy.

Simply putting things away makes us think that our clutter problem has been solved. However sooner or later the clutter begins to pile up and we are eventually left with even less space and more frustration.

That’s why the first step to maintaining a clean and organized home starts with discarding things that we don’t really want or need.

To make the discarding process easier, Kondo suggests taking each item and asking yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If it does keep it if it doesn’t throw it away. 

 

2. Tidy by category instead of by room. 

When you begin your discarding process, Kondo recommends thinking of your clutter in terms of categories instead of by room.

For example, the category you would like to declutter first would be “clothes”. So you would gather all of the clothes in your house and place them in one spot. You will take each individual garment and ask, “Does this spark joy?” and thus begin the separation of things you will keep or toss.

By doing this, it allows you to quietly dispose of junk without disrupting your family as well as simplifies the process of tidying up.

 

3. Fold items vertically. 

Fold your clothes vertically in your dresser to save space and prevent clutter.

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According to Kondo, you should always try your best to fold what you can hang. In other words, instead of hanging sweaters and shirts, it’s better to fold and place them in your clothing drawer.

Similar to how the spines of books are displayed, she also recommends folding items vertically and placing them side by side instead of stacking on top of each other.

This makes it easier to view and select clothes without making a mess.

4. Show deep appreciation for your belongings. 

For the Japanese, many share a cultural belief that items in the home have a soul.

With this in mind, Kondo suggests “thanking” items for their hard work and service before discarding them. This provides one with a deeper appreciation and a little closure before tossing items you no longer need.

 

5. Dedicate a whole day to cleaning. 

When deciding to declutter your home, you want to set up a single day for the entire process. Deciding to split your cleaning into separate days may cause your cleaning efforts to be ineffective and go on longer than required.

 

6. Shoeboxes are the best organizers. 

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Shoeboxes are an item that’s found readily available in anyone’s home. Kondo believes that these are the perfect organizers and should be repurposed as such.

7. Live in the present. 

When you begin to discard items, do not get attached to the memories. “Cherish who you are are now,” says Kondo. In the end, you want to want to keep things that you love and get rid of things that you have “just because”. The purpose of decluttering this way is that in the end you are only surrounded by things that “spark joy” and truly makes you happy.

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