The Marie Kondo Method

If you haven’t yet heard of Marie Kondo’s hugely popular show on Netflix or her helpful books, you’re in a for a real treat. In fact, one of her key premises is that all items we hang on to should ‘spark joy’; everything we touch or look at around our homes should meet that simple, yet meaningful standard. There is a lot to learn by following her straightforward, sage advice on tackling tidy-up time around the home, once and for all. We’ve put together some highlights and key tips to help deal with clutter, so you can enjoy your home that much more. Whether you’re a pack rat or minimalist, mom of 5 or retiree, here are helpful organization tips that are taking the world by storm:

Clothes

Interestingly, Marie doesn’t recommend tackling one room at time, she instead suggests that tackling categories is the key. Clothes and accessories are big-ticket clutter culprits, so begin by taking everything out of your closet and making a pile on the bed or floor. That way you can inspect each item and decide if it sparks joy. If not, get rid of it. Donate it or throw it away if it’s beyond saving and don’t look back. Just be sure to thank each item you discard for its service to you or what it taught you. For everything you do keep, fold it carefully (upright whenever possible) or hang it up to let it breathe.

Books

Although e-book sales may be on the rise, holding on to magazines and books is something we all tend to do, despite the fact that they may never get read again and they certainly collect a lot of dust. Similar to the clothes-purging method, pick up each book, tap it to wake it up, and ask yourself not only if it brings you joy, but if you see this book in your future. Once you’ve got your final pile of keeper, sort them by size and colour and arrange them thoughtfully.

Documents & paper

Gather all the papers, bills, notices and so on from around your home and make one big pile on a table. Papers should be organized into the following categories: pending, important, and miscellaneous. Put the ones you are keeping into their appropriately labelled box and store them together. For papers you won’t be keeping…thank them and say so long!

Sentimental stuff

Memorabilia and sentimental items are the hardest to go through, and all items you discard should get a special thanks and gratitude. Start with your photos and sort them in to piles starting by date. If you have some that are similar, keep just one and toss the others. If an item doesn’t spark joy, you know what to do. For sentimental items like photos, letters, ticket stubs, kids’ artwork, etc. that do spark joy, display them in easy-to-access boxes or photo albums.

Miscellaneous items (Komono)

For all our other items that seem to take up so much space and time, Marie has got a plan for those too. Make piles of all those little miscellaneous items (called komono in Japanese) and sort them by category – including food, spices, kitchen gadgets, pet supplies and tools. Purge, sort and label. For smaller items such as batteries and cords, put them in small open-topped boxes so they can be easily accessed. For larger items such as Christmas decorations, winter clothes, sports equipment, and so on, put them in large, clear bags or bins – never in black garbage bags.

If the thought of having a more organized, streamlined home sparks joy for you, then committing to an organizational strategy such as Marie Kondo’s might just be the ticket. Simply visualize your ideal life and home and get started! Also, if you’re like us and getting excited about the upcoming spring market and are considering putting your home up for sale in the coming months, then you’ll need a home-staging plan. Using Marie Kondo’s method is a great way to get started on your home-organization. Be sure to talk to the expert team at Clairwood Real Estate; we’re here in the in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Grey County, Blue Mountains and Meaford area and we can help you highlight your home to get the best selling price. Connect today by calling 705-445-7085 and let’s get started!

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