Welcome the fall with the Japanese method that will tidy up not only your home but your life as well.
Written by Marialma Team
The sun is rising later, the kids are back in school, and leaves are falling from the trees. Yes, it’s official: Fall has arrived! This means that it’s time to get your home ready to handle whatever the new season brings. As we believe that balance is the key to happiness, this list will not only help you to tidy up your house but also reorganize your mind and life. So… let us share with you some of the organization teachings of the tidying guru Marie Kondo. Curious? Keep scrolling and get ready to change your life with the KonMari Method.
1) Tidy up all at once
If you want to apply the KonMari method, you need to take an entire day to tidy up. Get rid of all the junk you have at home and do not divide this task for several days. Take a day off from work during the week or do it in the weekend, but make sure you do it all at once.
2) Before you start organizing, you have to discard
The first step is to throw away what you no longer need. According to Marie Kondo’s cleaning tips, you should only proceed for the tidying up part once this step is completed.
3) Tidy up by category, not by location
Join all objects of the same type instead of arranging by divisions. This means tidying up all the things in the same category in one go. For example, when tidying the clothes category, the first thing you should do is to gather every single item of clothing from every room of your house in one spot. This will help you to see objectively exactly how much you have of one category.
4) Follow the right order
The KonMari method says it is crucial to follow the correct order, which is clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellany), and finally, sentimental items. Why this order? Because clothing is the least emotional category, and by the time you work your way up to the personal item’ category, you will be more confident in your decision-making ability.
5) Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
The criterion for deciding what to keep and what to discard is whether or not something sparks joy. Marie advises to ask yourself, with each object in your hand, “Does it bring me joy?”. If we only keep things that bring us good feelings, it will be more pleasant to put them in order and keep the house tidy.
6) Avoid the intrusion of relatives.
KonMari method points out that loved ones – especially parents – can be very anxious about the number of things we are getting rid of. They will often try to save things from the pile of items we are scrapping, even if they have no real use for them. At the very least, they will probably make you feel guilty.
7) Use technology to your benefit
Yes, we know that sentimental items can be the most difficult part, because as much as we want to forget some awkward times of our lives, we don’t want to get rid to all of our memories. So, why not use technology to your advantage? Scan all your photos and old cards into Google Photos, and voilà. The photos will be accessible and won’t take up space.
8) Say no to special or expensive storage items
All you need to tidy up the house are drawers and boxes, preferably transparent so you can see what’s inside. Never, but never pack in opaque bags.
9) Fold your clothes in the right way
If your drawers are always a mess, you might want to try KonMari folding method. It will allow you to store items side by side, which means you will stop forgetting that amazing blouse you have left at the bottom of the drawer. The video below will teach you how to do it:
10) Transform your bedroom into a spa-like sanctuar
According to the KonMari method, your bedroom should be an exclusive space to recharge and unplug and that light can play an important role in creating a relaxing and peaceful room. Therefore, the lighting should be soft, so you can include natural candles or even add a dimmer to your light switch.
11) Wash your sheets weekly
One of the most important Marie Kondo’s tips to organize your bedroom is to wash your sheets weekly. Why? Simple! Because a clean room is a happy room. Washing your sheets will not only reduce unwanted bacterial elements but also reduce stress and promote good mood.
Thankfully, Marialma’s zinc bed sheets have odor-reducing and antibacterial properties. Take advantage of the fact that you are organizing your house for the upcoming season and change your bedding too. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you’ll have 10% off your first order. It’s an opportunity of a bedtime. Don’t miss it!
12) Be grateful for what you have
Finally, Marie encourages everyone to be grateful for their belongings, even the ones you no longer want or need. Before discarding something, Marie advises her clients to say thank you to the item before sending it on its way. It might sound silly, but it can actually help you get rid of things and make you aware of the blessings you have in your life.
“A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life-transforming.”
– Marie Kondo