Has anyone been watching Tidying Up on Netflix? I’m not ashamed to say I’m a little addicted. I’ve been following Marie Kondo for some time now and really love her KonMari method of tidying and organising your home.
Having worked on many small spaces where storage is key, I’m always keen to understand good ways to organise belongings. Marie’s method takes you through a process of clearing, and teaches you long term habits on how to organise and tidy. She initially takes a 4 step approach:
ORGANISING YOUR CLOTHES
Marie starts here by getting her clients to pull out all of their clothes and piling them onto a bed. You then go through each item and connect with the item by holding it to see if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t you let it go, if it does this item will be re-hung or folded using Marie’s unique folding method. Use this link to learn how to fold and organising your clothes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpc5_1896ro
ORGANISING YOUR BOOKS AND PAPERS
Once clothes are organised you move onto books and personal papers and letters. We all have plenty of these items to deal with, right? Again you move through and sort what brings joy in terms of books and what is needed in your filing. Marie liked to use boxes to organise smaller items and this includes papers. So filing folders and boxes are a good idea here.
ORGANISING MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
Now we’re onto other items in the home, this seems to centre mostly in and around the kitchen. Again here Marie asks that everything gets pulled out of cupboards and drawers and placed on the benchtop. Then go through a remove duplicated items, and items that are no longer needed. She organises the kitchen back into drawers but with plenty of storage boxes within cupboards and drawers. Having just designed my own kitchen I would recommend in investing in Blum or Hafele organisation systems for your drawers. Utensil systems, in drawer knife blocks, cutlery trays, rubber mats, crockery stacking systems, organisation for your pots and lids. It all makes a huge difference to everyday life when preparing meals.
ORGANISING SENTIMENTAL ITEMS
Since you’ve now worked your way through the whole home and been able to sort and let go when something doesn’t bring Joy, Marie hopes that you are proficient for the hardest area which is sentimental items and mementos. You should now be able to recognise joy is objects to much like clothing work through each piece holding it to see if it sparks that joy. And with items you are keeping she again encourages organising through translucent storage boxes so you can identify quickly what is in each and of course displaying some of those items that bring a high level of joy.
This whole process can take a month or two to work through, you should have every member of the household involved. And once you’re ready if you then need advice on better storage options seek out the advice of a good interior designer or joinery company to assist with this final part.
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