‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’: Tips Marie Kondo Swears by for Decluttering

Netflix’s new series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has taken our closets, bookshelves, kitchens, and other cluttered areas of our homes by storm. And while the KonMari method is relatively easy to follow, some helpful tips for decluttering are always welcome. Whether you don’t know where to start or need a little nudge to kick the nostalgia, Marie Kondo has you covered.

Marie Kondo

The organizing guru has a special method in place for decluttering. | Marie Kondo via Instagram

Marie Kondo tips for decluttering

Marie Kondo’s KonMari method has changed people’s lives. And, with her new Netflix series out, the organizing pro is reaching a wider audience and inspiring more to tidy up. But, is Marie Kondo’s KonMari method as simple as her minimalistic aesthetic? For the most part, yes. We share some of the decluttering tips Marie Kondo swears by, below.

Commit to decluttering

The hardest part of decluttering your house is actually committing to the process (and continuing your efforts when all is said and done). Once you’ve committed to a decluttered life, it’s time to get started.

Start with the KonMari checklist and follow its order

Marie Kondo’s KonMari checklist is an important step in decluttering and organizing. Not only does it ensure that you cover your bases, but it also helps keep you organized while organizing. One key thing to remember about the KonMari checklist? Follow the items in order. That way you can tackle one headache at a time.

Here are the categories to focus on when tidying up:

  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Komono (miscellaneous items)
  • Sentimental items

Be grateful for your items

Looking at your clutter can bring up a lot of negative feelings toward your things. But, instead of feeling angry about all the unnecessary items, be grateful and thank each item for serving its purpose in your life.

On top of that, think of your items as living things. Would your clothes be thrilled to be squashed together in a closet or crumpled up in a drawer? Probably not. Treating your items with a more organized, thoughtful approach allows you to see their value and take pride in keeping things in line.

Know the difference between sentimental and nostalgia

The nostalgia we bestow upon our belongings is one powerful force. However, just because something is connected to memory or emotion doesn’t mean it should be saved for sentimental purposes — especially if it no longer serves your life or there’s no real reason for hanging onto it. With that, try to think about the items that are truly sentimental versus the ones you attach emotion to.

Fold clothes in a dresser

Marie Kondo’s folding method speaks for itself. And, the organizing guru strongly believes clothing is much happier folded in a dresser than in a closet However, she doesn’t suggest just stacking your items in a drawer. Instead, she prefers to fold each item into small squares and standing them up so you can actually see what you’re working with.

Visualize your new organized life

If you need some help getting things in order, take a moment to visualize how you want your organized life to look. This quick tip can help increase motivation while standing in a knee-deep pile of clothes, not knowing where to begin.

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