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. 

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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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11 Fantastic Projects To Fake Your Way To The Perfect Home!

With these faux projects, you’ll have a beautiful home in no time!

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1. Construct A Fireplace Out Of 2X4’s

Build a base from the 2X4’s, construct a frame on a plywood surface, and stain.

 

2. Dab Paint For A Faux Marble Ceiling

Paint the basecoat of the ceiling in dark green, and press a lighter green with a sponge for the marble look.

 

3. Use Painter’s Tape For A Brick Wall

Begin by painting the wall gray, tape down the bricks to measure 4X8”, and apply the compound.

 

4. Lay Film For A Metal Table

Connect table legs with a Kreg Jig, wrap tabletop with metallic film, and glue wood into place.

 

5. Recreate A Dreamy Four Post Bed

Measure and cut down the PVC pipes to size, sand down the dowels, and install the anchors.

 

6. Paint Fabulous Marble Flooring

Roll on a basecoat, cover grip lines the color of your grout and create several “squigglies” with black paint for the marble.

 

7. Roll Out Contact Paper For Wood Floors

Clean down your floors first, and start unrolling the contact paper then trim off the excess.

 

8. Marble Your Bathroom Counter With Paint

Use acrylic paint to paint the base and use a feather to create the veining.

 

9. Fake Beautiful Ceramic Tiles

Markdown a 2X2 grid, paint the grout and use a sponge to create detailing.

 

10. Fake Silver Leaf On A Coffee Table

Use tape to cut the table into equal parts, paint bright pastels, and press on the foil.

 

11. Press Faux Trim To Your Closet Doors

Sand down the doors if they are wood, use painter’s tape to form a box, and paint over.

 

10 Organization Tips From Marie Kondo That Will Change Your Life in Minutes

Do you really need all that stuff? This advice from the Organizing Queen will help you decide what stays and what goes, fast.

 

Unless you’re living underneath a (very cluttered) rock, you know Marie Kondo is the ultimate organization queen. Her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is jam-packed with tips that will turn your messy room into a neat, minimalist oasis. Read along for 10 genius tips from Kondo that will change your life in minutes.

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1. Keep only what brings you joy

Would you have seconds of that Buffalo shrimp macaroni and cheese if you didn’t love it? Would you continue to watch a bad movie? Um, no. So why should you treat your belongings any different? Marie Kondo’s advice is simple: Keep what brings you joy and get rid of everything else.

 

2. Tackle categories, not rooms

Decluttering your home is a huge undertaking, so it’s important you have a plan before you get down to business. Organizing room by room seems efficient, but Kondo urges you to focus on categories. Think about it this way: You probably have a lot of towels scattered throughout your house. By taking stock of all your bathroom, kitchen and powder room towels at once, you can get rid of any duplicates or towels that have overstayed their welcome.

 

3. Don’t let nostalgia cloud your judgment

A movie ticket stub from your favorite film or a program from your kid’s school play may tug at your heartstrings, but these mementos aren’t doing your space any favors. So why keep them around? We know what you’re thinking: What if yesteryear’s trinkets bring you joy? Find a way to consolidate ’em. Instead of having a box with old birthday cards from Grandma Sue, place them in a scrapbook that can fit on your newly organized bookshelf. Or store your treasured family recipes in these clever ways.

 

4. Respect your belongings

Look at your closet. Are dresses slipping off intertwined hangers? Are expensive shoes scattered all over the floor? It’s OK, you’re not alone. We’re not sure what we think of Marie Kondo personifying clothes—she asks her readers to consider their clothes’ feelings—but we do see the importance of taking care of them. Regardless of how much their clothes cost, nobody wants to face the world in wrinkled, stained or scuffed pieces!

 

5. Learn the art of folding

If you don’t have a dresser, we recommend you get one, stat. According to Kondo, your clothes will be “happier” if you fold them. After you fold your scarves, dresses, and pants, Kondo recommends stacking them vertically in your closet—she claims you can fit 20 to 40 folded piece where you’d normally be able to hang ten.

 

6. Get rid of the paperwork

Speaking of superfluous systems, your filing cabinet needs to go. It’s the digital age, after all! You can find copies of almost every paper in your home office online. As for those important documents—like your birth certificate and recent W2s—Kondo advises whittling down your paperwork into two piles: “Papers to Save” and “Papers to Deal With.”

 

7. Ditch the fancy storage systems

Before you whip out your credit card to buy that fancy spice rack, Kondo recommends detoxing your home first. She argues the only reason we think we need those pricey filing systems is that we have too much stuff. Go ahead, donate what you don’t need. You and your space will feel infinitely better.

 

8. Store everything standing upright

If you’ve spent the majority of your life stacking your socks, bras, and underwear on top of each other, you’re in for a surprise. The organization queen recommends you store items side by side, so they look more like a row of book spines. Why?

“This will allow you to see what’s inside at a glance and take inventory of what you own,” Kondo said told Architectural Digest. “If you store your clothes in a drawer standing upright, you will be able to survey how many articles you own that are the same color. This will prevent you from unknowingly buying more of the same type of clothing.”

 

9. Start from square one

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you want to give your wardrobe a complete overhaul, you’ll need to remove all your clothes from your closet. Sure, it sounds time-consuming, but Kondo argues it’ll be easier to spot duplicates and items that don’t bring you joy. Once you donate the clothes you don’t want, you can replenish your closet with your favorite pieces.

 

10. Dig deep

Saying goodbye is never easy, but there are some items we can’t bring ourselves to discard. Before you start your organizational awakening, Kondo urges you to ask yourself why. She explains most items fall into one of three categories: an attachment to the past, fear of the future or a combination of both. The better you understand why you can’t part ways with those old kitchen gadgets from Grandma, the easier it’ll be to conquer that obstacle and have a brighter (and indisputably cleaner) future.

I think we all need this list from time to time, to help us declutter and organize our lives!

What do you think?

 

 

Organize and Declutter (Downloadable chart) to Help You Daily

 

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I’ve been on a cleaning rant for a while now, making everything spotless and tidy, thanks to Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.  Have you watched it?  I am in love with that show.  I’ve learned some things in the past month due to this show, although I do not have OCD or anything I’ve really enjoyed learning about the cleaning tips and decluttering.  My Mother has a cleaning company and I’ve grown up knowing most of it. I think for the most part I blocked her rants out, or even her trying to teach me things, I didn’t want to know I guess. My Mom has always said to go into a room and work in a circle, clearing it out, and then cleaning it. It amazes me how they put someone with OCD with someone completely polar opposites and they both equally learn from each other.

Here are some important tips from the show and the things I truly enjoyed learning! Steps to also help you learn how to declutter, organize and clean your home!

1. Work through the clutter.

Making bins, or boxes for things seem to help.  You most likely don’t need everything that is cluttering your space. Donate, Recycle, and Throw out.  Something like this. cvbgsfx-2

2. Start cleaning everything

I was going to say put away but that will come later. First after decluttering, we should clean up everything, Keep the “keep” box unpacked for now.  I feel like I should add some cleaning steps also, for those that aren’t sure where to start.  I think it is important to know where you want to start and what your decluttering goals are. I’ll make a list for you to see at the end of this post.

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3. Organize your stuff

Here’s the fun part, organizing each thing that you have, even what is in the keep box.  After cleaning up, you should organize everything and put it all in its proper place. Be creative and enjoy this process, you’ve earned it by now.

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Now I’ll go step by step on this process a bit more. Cleaning charts seem to help and keep you tidy. Here’s a chart that you can download and keep for yourself. I hope this bit helped you all.

 

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