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.

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.


Japanese Cleaning Tips

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. 

Via The Kitchen

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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7 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy Every Day!

Often times people tell me that they can’t tidy up every day, they’re too busy, it’s too much, etc.  Marie Kondo has a lot of amazing tips for us to use on a daily basis, she’s helped many people worldwide learn how to tackle their unorganized homes. 

My mother raised us with nearly this exact list.  She is very OCD about keeping things tidy, in order and simply kept up with.  She hates a mess. 

If you don’t have a lot of time, follow these steps every day!  

7 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy Every Day!

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Task 1: Make your bed

While making your bed each day might sound like a tedious task, you’ll be surprised at how tidy your room will look with a made bed. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning, take the time to make your bed.

 

Task 2: Do a morning tidy

Marie Kondo believes that one of the secrets to a tidy home is tidying first thing in the morning. By doing a quick tidy in the morning, you are starting your day off on the right foot! Choose a trouble spot in your home, and start by tidying this area first thing in the morning.

 

Task 3: Let in some fresh air

Our homes can sometimes feel stuffy, especially in the winter months when we are spending more time indoors. Open up the windows for a few minutes to let in a fresh breeze.

 

Task 4: Put things back where they belong when you’re done using them

As our days go on, we may find ourselves bringing out pots, pans, clothes, and other belongings to use. As soon as you’re done using these items, remember to put them back where they belong.

 

Task 5: Fold your clothes

Marie Kondo believes that the best way to store clothes is by using her folding method. This method takes a little bit of extra time but has a great payoff! If you are doing a load of laundry today, take the time to fold your clothes.

 

Task 6: Make sure everything in your home has a home

If you are finding that items in your home are constantly out of place, this might be because these items don’t really have a home. Take time to find a home for these items. If you find that something you’ve stored doesn’t work well for you, take the time to change it.

 

Task 7: Tidy in the evening

Before you go to bed or prepare for bed each night Marie Kondo suggests making one last tidying effort for the day. This might be as simple as making sure the toys are put away or tidying up your counters from dinner. Take this time to clean up your home so that you can have a fresh start in the morning.

This really does wonders for your mood in the morning to come!  Try it out!  

 

Do you follow any of these?  

5 Japanese Art of Decluttering Tips

The Japanese art of decluttering has been made popular by the wonderful Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In her book, she goes into great detail about the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing and it truly is an art.

Although, sometimes clutter is unavoidable and hard to fight. I found the Japanese art of decluttering and Kondo’s methods exceptionally helpful because she gets into the psychological basis of these issues. This book has changed so many lives, I love it.  So insightful and just plain brilliant!

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Here are 5 basics ideas of the book, this just barely touches everything she has in it.  It is a must-read.

1. Does the item give you joy?

The principle of Kondo’s method is to analyze if the object itself gives you joy. She says to hold the object in your hand and then simply listen to your feelings about it. Does it give you joy? Does this shirt make me happy? If not, then get rid of it. That shirt hanging in your closet for the past year unworn is clearly not loved.


2. There is a RIGHT Method to Tidying Up

The Japanese art of decluttering your home uses a smart and efficient method to tidy up. But there is a right method to tidying up and a wrong method. Marie goes into these details in her book. Most people fail at decluttering because they use no method at all. We simply throw stuff away and straighten up when we feel like it.

To prevent clutter from coming back in the next few days, you need to tidy in the right order, according to Kondo.

There are only two tasks involved: discarding and deciding where to keep stuff. Discarding must come first. “Do not even think of putting your things away until you have finished the process of discarding…In the middle of discarding people start to think of where to put things.” This causes a halt in the actual work of discarding and then you don’t get rid of half as much as you need to.


3. A Little Bit At a Time Will Get You Nowhere

In the life-changing magic of tidying up, one of the core concepts is the fallacy we have that we should declutter a little at a time and over time, your work will be done. Kondo, however, disagrees with this approach and argues it gets you nowhere. The best way to declutter your home and life is to devote an entire day or week or however long to the project, and then do it ALL. Yes, don’t stop or do 10 minutes a day.


4. Arranging Your Clothes to Energize Your Closet

Her secret to energizing your closet is to arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right. This has the effect of making you feel lighter because lines that slope up to the right make people feel more comfortable, she says.

On page 79, Kondo goes into great detail about how exactly to accomplish this.


5. Never Start With Family Mementos

This is a tip I never personally would have thought of myself, but she says that starting your decluttering process with family mementos will bring failure. She argues that people have trouble discarding things they find have functional value, informational value, and emotional value. The process of discarding will go a lot faster if you start with the items that are easier to get rid of such as clothes. Things like photographs are notoriously hard to get rid of. Her preferred order of discarding is clothing first, then books, papers, and lastly mementos.

I hope you’ve learned a little bit from Marie’s book, but like I said, these 5 tips only scratch the surface of her insight and brilliance. Decluttering our lives is something we can all do and is something that has the potential to radically change our day-to-day lives on both a physical and spiritual level.

 

20 DIY KONMARI Style Dollar Tree Organization

Get inspired by these KonMari Method Dollar Tree Organizing tips. Frugal and affordable ways to master the Japanese art of tidying up! (Which we all love)

20 KONMARI DOLLAR TREE ORGANIZATION TIPS

 

DIY KONMARI Styleollar Tree Organization

 

 

I have to fess up. An hour-long show of Hoarders gives me less anxiety than ten minutes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Maybe because one show requires me to be proactive and invest my time, while the other show allows me to be lazy and appalled by what I am seeing on television. Either way, both do inspire me to clean and get organized (to a degree.) When going half in my efforts (insert a chuckle), I like to be frugal as possible. This includes getting organized all my cabinets, closets, and other places that tend to get a little crazy.

 

This pretty pantry sparks joy! It is organized all with products from the dollar store. This blogger originally had a $600 receipt but brought it down to $20 by shopping frugally.

 

 

The makeup drawers are one of the hardest areas to tackle for me. These drawer organizations were purchased from, you guessed it, The Dollar Tree. Sort by size originally and then by category.

 

Talk about winning with this Dollar Tree garage organization. I would be overjoyed if my garage looked like this, so beautiful and tidy!  | I Heart Organizing

 

This laundry room makeover is pretty impressive especially with all her Dollar Tree uses. I love how it stays with one color and every item has it’s own place. | Nikki Jayne Papery

 

 

Love this! Turn a cookie sheet into a family command center – you guessed it, only a dollar and such an easy DIY weekend project. | The Crazy Craft Lady

 

This deep freezer organization system is easy to implement, easy to maintain, and inexpensive; all you need are some Dollar Store bins and about half an hour! Anyone else tired of rummaging through it and freezing your fingers off?  This is amazing. | Practically Functional

 

Organize your mail with these upcycled baskets. Be careful for these to not become a place where you toss extra papers but only a spot where you keep what is important. I really love this idea!

A House Full of Sunshine

 

Anyone else ever have an issue with things being put on the staircase? These pick up baskets are an ideal way to make it more organized of what goes upstairs or downstairs. | Sew Many Ways

 

Go have a look at the “before” on these Bathroom Organization Bins! I love the way she matched the bins to her bathroom colors and got it tidy! | The Country Chic Cottage

 

There is hope for the linen closet with these Organizational Hacks. Can you fold a fitted sheet? If not, Go have a look at —>| A Bird and a Bean

 

Turn plastic baskets into locker baskets to organize your shelves (you can paint them any color you’d like).  Really cute idea! | Little House of Four

 

Turn a plastic laundry basket in a place to organize blankets with this tutorial. Don’t you love this?   | I Heart Organizing

 

Organize your makeup brushes with these Dollar Store supplies. This is great!   | Kimspired DIY

 

Sort your pots and pans with these dividers from the dollar store. I think we all love this one! | Orgjunkie

 

Dollar Tree bins are perfect for organizing the refrigerator and kitchen. Our family could use these bins, as a matter of fact, I think I’ll do that this weekend!  | The Domestic Geek Blog

 

Divide bathroom toys with dollar store baskets and command hooks. I love that they drain as well. This would be a huge solution in our bathroom, so many toys, we have 2 little ones that love playing with toys, this is a great idea. | Homemade Ginger

 

 

Organizing your playroom by labeling bins so they know where each toy goes, I love this idea too! | Clutter Bug

 

Keep the bathroom countertop clutter-free with this plastic cup and velcro hack. Truly perfect, pretty sure I’m doing that too this coming weekend.  | Living Well Mom

 

Are your cleaning products tossed around under the cabinet? Organize your cleaning products with plastic caddies is a great idea and easy to keep track of what you have. | Neat House Sweet Home

 

Don’t forget to utilize the bathroom cabinet for extra storage!  Hooks and baskets do the trick. This is so perfect to keep hair things in for my daughter!  | Homemade Ginger

Well, I certainly love this list!  I think we can all do these and help our homes to become better organized!

 

What was your favorite?  Do you already do some of these?  Let me know!