Have you discovered Marie Kondo? Best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and star of the Netflix show Tidying Up, Marie Kondo is taking the cleaning world by storm through encouraging people to tidy up. Whether you love her show or hate it, here are some lessons we can all learn about tidying up.
1. Getting Tidy Can Be Messy
Before you can get tidy, you have to make a mess. This might look like pulling all of the toys out of the toy room or all of the clothes out of the closet. This ensures you don’t get sidetracked because you have to address every item.
2. Using Order Helps
If decluttering feels overwhelming, follow Marie’s order to do everything in its time. Start with clothes, followed by books, then documents, miscellaneous items, and mementos. Do you have an item that needs its own category, like your children’s toys? Add it, but go in order.
3. Be Grateful
It only takes one episode of Tidying Up to realize that Marie is focused on finding the things in your home that bring joy. Those things that don’t, you get rid of, but that does not mean you have to view the process in a negative light. Marie asks viewers to say, “thank you” to every item they remove from their home. This may sound silly, and it may be something you don’t choose to do, but do choose to be grateful for the items you have. This can turn the decluttering process into a highly positive experience.
4. Clutter Has a Negative Impact on Your Relationships
One of the biggest takeaways from Tidying Up is the fact that clutter has a severely negative impact on your relationship with your family. When your stuff is pouring out from every corner of your home, it causes an underlying stress that can make you grumpy and unproductive in your home. Taking control over your stuff can help improve your relationships within your household.
Whether or not you use Maria’s methods, the show has many helpful hints to aid you in cleaning and organizing your home. Use these takeaways to get started on the decluttering process, and take back control of your home.