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Ten De-cluttering Tips From 'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo'

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Life’s too short. I’m not.
Published June 11th 2020
Sarah Brown @sweetpagesco

If you want to get your life in order, you'd better start watching Tidying up with Marie Kondo. This amazing de-cluttering guru has also published two best-selling books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I read recently, and Spark Joy.

I read one of her books and watched the show and here are the top ten organisation tips I learnt from Marie Kondo.

10- Tidy up by categories, not locations
When you want to start tidying up, don't start with a room or a cabinet, instead, tidy up all the items in one category, that means ALL your clothing, books, mugs…

9- It gets worse before it gets better
Based on KonMari Method™, you have to pile up all the items from one category in one place, before deciding which items to keep. It can be daunting to see how many books or outfits you have. And it will look like a big mess and it is important to know it is part of the process and there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is important to tackle one category at a time if you don't want your house to look like a cyclone went through it.

8- Discard first, sort and tidy later
It is okay to get rid of those unused gifts and free t-shirts and your prom dress. And it is essential to do so before you start organising your belongings.

7- Store items by size
Based on Mary Kundo's method, you should store items of the same category together. When organizing, you also have to consider the size of those items. Placing small items of the same category together makes it easier to find them.

6-Fold clothes the Marie Kondo way
You should try to learn to fold your clothes properly as you'd be surprised how much space you can save.

Fernando Lavin @filmlav

5- Store everything vertically
Arrange things vertically to save space. This also allows you to find your belongings more easily. Storing your items vertically makes choosing a lot easier since all your options are clearly laid out.

4- More storage isn't always the solution
Instead of buying more storage boxes, use the storage you already have wisely and use the above-mentioned tips to make your storage more functional. Use clear boxes for storage so you can see what you have and don't end up buying the same items over and over again.

3- Make sure everything has a home
Everything you own should have its own designated space in the drawers, cabinets or boxes. Label baskets, so that everyone knows where their toys, socks and bike helmets should go. Use dividers in boxes for small items like keys and small toys.

2- Check and tidy up your handbag at the end of the day.
Those grocery bills, chocolate wrappings and half-empty water bottle that you just throw in your handbag - clean them up at the end of each day.

1-Does it spark joy?
Hold your belongings in your hand and see if they spark joy. If they don't, thank them for their services and let them go.

Brooke Lark @brookelark
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