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The Illustrated Guide to the KonMari Method

The Illustrated Guide to the KonMari Method
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Here in the states, minimalism isn’t exactly a point of pride (we like stuff, and lots of it), so it’s especially remarkable that Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo’s brutally strict approach to de-cluttering took off here. The no-excuses elimination method, has spawned legions of Konverts who devote vast amounts of time to kondo-ing their lives top to bottom. The best-selling book that started it all is easy to digest (and infectious…you will literally start itching to toss stuff), though its central thesis is kind of hard to stomach at first: Unless you truly, deeply love an item, it has no business in your home. This means the first purging session can be rough, but the euphoria that comes with unloading a single bag of unnecessary clutter makes going H.A.M. on the rest of your space easy. We’ve laid out the basics below—along with an illustrated guide to her folding technique, which we found impossible to figure out based on the text alone.

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying by Marie Kondo – digested read Life truly only really begins when you have put your house in order. That’s why I have devoted my life to tidying. See that T-shirt on the floor. Pick it up you, lazy scumbag. Where was I? Joy. Proof That Marie Kondo's KonMari Method Works Letting go of clutter is hard to do. Anyone who has encountered the teachings of Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo knows that minimalism is currently all the rage; her housekeeping manual, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has inspired legions of readers to throw away their unneeded belongings — and Marie Kondo's newest book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up is in January's POPSUGAR Must Have Box, which you can buy here! We love all things related to organization and have to admit to clearing out our drawers and closets in a fit of aspirational tidying ourselves. Not everyone, though, is on board with KonMari, the nickname Kondo gave her techniques. As with any good trend, there's a corresponding backlash. Back in May, a writer for The New York Times extolled the virtues of living a life surrounded by things in an article called "Let's Celebrate the Art of Clutter."

Marie Kondo tells us to ditch joyless items but where are we sending them? Earlier this year, Ikea’s head of sustainability said at a Guardian Sustainable Business event that consumers in the developed world had reached “peak stuff”. The success of Japanese de-cluttering icon and best-selling author Marie Kondo suggests he’s not the only one who thinks so. The praise and enthusiasm for the KonMari method, which is Kondo’s approach of only keeping items that “spark joy”, signal that attitudes in an increasingly disposable world are shifting. 7 Ways to Declutter Like a Goddess with the KonMari Method I want to share with you a book that has absolutely changed my life. It’s called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way To Banish Clutter Forever by Marie Kondo, the creator of the KonMari Method. As the title says, this is a very simple (though not easy) way to get to the root of your clutter problem and help you to resolve it once and for all: If you don’t love it, don’t keep it! Piles of stuff in our homes are one of the greatest stress triggers.

I went 200 days without buying anything new and learned how toxic our need for possessions is Every year Americans buy 6.5 billion greeting cards, according to the Greeting Cards Association (pdf). Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries: the average American purchases 34 cards a year; the average Brit buys 46 a year. Cards are exchanged through the year, but nothing comes close to the winter holidays—and particularly Christmas.

This is how often you should clean your home, according to science For most of us, the thought of steaming our carpets or cleaning out the crisper section of the refrigerator makes us want to crawl under the covers. Almost. Since we all can use some extra motivation to get our rubber gloves on, we’ve rounded up the leading expert advice about how often you should clean everything and, more important, why. Turns out, your home is harbouring more bacteria than a public garbage bin. 60 Things to Toss Out in the Next 60 Days - Monogrammed Magnolias Hello, Magnolias. I have a love/hate relationship with spring cleaning. I love getting organized and feeling like my space is refreshed, ready for the start of a new season but I hate the whole process. Let’s face it, trying to tackle everything in a matter of a weekend or a single day is rough. That’s why I’ve complied this awesome list of 60 things to toss out (or donate, sell, giveaway, recycle, etc.) in the next 60 days.

Why tidying up could change your life I am stuffing a letter between two books when I realise my possessions are in charge of me. It’s a hoarder’s attempt at tidying: hiding stuff inside other stuff. My coffee table groans under books, digital devices, coffee cups, lint rollers, newspapers and one or both of my kittens, Ollie and Sebastian. Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too. At least that’s what researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered when they explored in real time the relationship between 32 California families and the thousands of objects in their homes. The resulting book, Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century, is a rare look at how middle-class Americans use the space in their homes and interact with the things they accumulate over a lifetime. Our over-worked closets are overflowing with things we rarely touch. Related: Your Home’s Unsung Hero — The Closet It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem.

Strategies for seeing clutter When you’re entrenched in your daily routines and activities, your home and workplace can become generic scenery. This might be a good thing if it means you’re focused on your responsibilities and what matters most to you. However, if you’re no longer seeing your spaces because you’re numb to their presence, it might be time to pause and take a look at the backdrops to your life. time Now that school is back in session, vacations have been taken and we’ve transitioned from flexible days to scheduled ones, it seems appropriate to share it with you all. Enjoy! Perhaps the question I receive the most here on the blog is “how do you do it?” I’m completely flattered by the question and hope to give you some very practical and inspiring tips, but first I must make a little disclaimer: I am not super-woman. Women put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do it all and do it all well.

» How to Declutter an Entire Room in One Go Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. My family is moving to another house this coming weekend, and to prepare for the move, we’re going through the entire house and getting rid of stuff we don’t need. » 18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein I’ve written a lot about simplicity and decluttering (I can’t help it — I’m passionate about it!) and I’ve noticed that a lot of readers share my ideal of having an uncluttered home or workplace, but don’t know where to start. When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of stuff can be quite overwhelming.