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7 Tips We Learned from ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’

Monday February 4, 2019
By: Erin Browne

Kondo's show dropped on New years day, which was perfect for those of us who had glitter to clean off the floor but couldn't seem to get off the couch. Each episode followed the same formula of Kondo entering a home, excitedly declaring that she loves mess, and then teaching her method to the homeowners, and we were able to pick out a few helpful tips that should jumpstart your tidy 2019.

1. The KonMari Method: For these tips to work, we need to deconstruct Marie Kondo's KonMari method. She recommends breaking out your tidying into five categories: clothing, books, documents, komono (miscellaneous), and sentimental items. She strongly suggests doing everything in this order as well. Komono, or miscellaneous, includes things like your kitchen, bathroom, toys, the garage, etc.

2. Be thankful for your home: Before getting started, Kondo likes to sit on the floor in the main room or an entryway and greet the home. She asks that the homeowners join her in thanking their home for providing shelter and a place to build their life. Whether you are tidying up your bedroom in your parent's house, your dorm, that dingy studio you pay too much for but love, or your first home, you should thank the structure for being there for you. She feels like doing this before tidying helps center you and makes you more aware of your home and belongings.

3. Put everything in a big pile: Whether you are tackling clothing, kitchen utensils, or photographs, Kondo asks that you pull everything from that category and put it in a big pile. For example, this can allow you to see how many items of clothing you have, which will help you become more aware of what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. When it's all in a big pile, you can see that you accidentally bought four of the same sweaters because you loved it so much but kept misplacing it. Let the pile show you what you need and what you don't.

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TAGS: Organizing, Tidying up
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