Last week, Toby asked if I had seen "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" on Netflix. It's the latest show that has gained a cult following. I hadn't watched any episodes, but I was interested in learning more about her method of decluttering and getting organized. I mean, who doesn't have a closet and drawers busting at the seams?
So, over the weekend, I sat back and started watching...and OMG...I'm HOOKED! This show is amazing and has already changed my life! The show is based off of Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." She is an organization guru from Japan who came up with what she calls the KonMari method. Each episode has Marie visiting a family in desperate need of getting organized. She brings along a translator since she doesn't speak much English.
It's hard not to fall in love with Marie. She is adorable...and full of energy...but not the annoying kind. LOL. Here are some of the basics of her KonMari method of getting organized.
1. Start with your clothes first. Dump EVERY piece of clothing you own into a pile in the middle of the room. Yes...ALL OF IT. She says SEEING all your clothes in a giant pile like that makes you realize you have more than you need.
Marie then says you need to pick up clothes one piece at a time and ask yourself "does this spark joy?" Yes...really. If it makes you FEEL good, KEEP it. If not, let it go. BUT...before you donate it or throw it away say THANK YOU to it...out loud. I know...that sounds ridiculous...but Marie says it helps bring "closure" to your relationship with those clothes.
2. Next...she shows you how to FOLD clothes so you have more room in your drawers. Okay...THIS was GAME CHANGING. Check out some pics I took after I folded jeans/pants in my drawer and then in Donato's drawer.
After you've tackled your clothes, Marie says you move onto books, then paper, then miscellaneous items and then sentimental items are last.
This may sound CRAZY...but since I started implementing the KonMari method at our home, I've actually started looking FORWARD to laundry day. Why? Because putting clothes away is not stressful! There's ROOM for everything...and it looks so TIDY. LOL.
You can read more about the show and her method HERE.