Marie Kondo’s 6 rules to tidying up

Marie Kondo’s 6 rules to tidying up

Marie Kondo is one of today’s leading inspirators of joyful living. She’s helped people find joy, fulfillment, thankfulness, and tidiness with her KonMari method.

She’s been named as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Marie has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, Vogue, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, The Ellen Show as well as on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs.

Also not to mention her Netflix series titled “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

Her process works. 

Here’s how it can work for you.

The KonMari method

“Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.

People around the world have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.”

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The rules of Tidying

There are six basic rules to tidying up that must be followed in order.

1. Commit yourself to tidying up.

This may seem simple … because it is. Set your mind to it.  Do a little every day. Little by little.

Don’t give up. Take breaks if you need to.

2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

Write out what you want your life to be about. Take time to concentrate your thoughts on what matters most.

3. Finish discarding first.

Go through old things before sifting through the things you love.

4. Tidy by category, not by location.

Do things by category. She breaks it down to clothing, books, paper, komono (miscellaneous items), and sentimental items.

5. Follow the right order.

Don’t veer off the course. You’ll be tempted to go on to other categories while finishing one. Don’t! Do your best to finish one by one.

6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

After all unnecessary things are removed, pull out the essentials and ask, “Does this produce joy?”

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