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8 KonMari Tips That’ll Help Streamline Your Life

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Whether you have just finished rereading your copy of The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up.

Or just now discovering what it means when people ask you if your duvet “sparks joy”.

It’s pretty clear by now that there is something to this KonMari method and how it changes people’s lives.

While you might not be ready to become a full-fledged devotee, you might want to adopt a few tips and tricks that will help you get organized, stay organized, and live better in a clutter-free environment.

Here are 8 KonMari Organizing tips that’ll help streamline your life!

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8 KonMari tips That’ll help you get organized

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1. Imagine your ideal life.

Before you begin it’s important to have the end in mind.

This is one of the six rules of the Konmari method. For some people, privacy is key. Others love a house full of guests and family who feel they can pop over at any time.

What do you really want out of your space? Once you decide what it is you want and how you want to live in this space, making decisions will be much easier.

 

2. If it doesn’t have a home it needs to go.

The Kon Mari method usually begins with a large cleanout.

This is where you declutter your closets, drawers, cabinets, and those flat surfaces that seem to constantly accumulate miscellaneous things.

Ask yourself if the items you have are useful (as in you actually use it), fit with your style, and suit your lifestyle.

If not, it’s time to let it go. When you are done every item you have saved should have a place and a purpose.

 

3. Create a place for everything to avoid the mess.

Investing a few extra dollars into cheap bins and baskets is one way to help organize your items.

You can use small baskets to organize your office supplies in your drawers, larger ones to keep your bathroom cabinets and closets tidy, and even a few with handles to create “cleaning kits” for your cleaning supplies.

By giving all of the loose items in your home a place you not only avoid creating messes, but you can also keep better track of how much you have, what you need, and where it is.

When the basket is full, you have enough. When it empties it’s time to refill it!

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4. Completely empty your bag each day when you come home.

This advice from Marie Kondo herself seems a little strange at first. If you’re like anyone that had a moment when you realized that your bags have been growing in size and weight since middle school — you’re not alone!

Many of us carry bags with us every day as we go to work and school and use them to store anything and everything that we think we might need.

The problem is that items often go in but never come out. By emptying your bag every day you not only get in the habit of putting things away, but you begin to realize what you really need.

Maybe carrying an umbrella makes sense today, but every day? Once you realize you keep removing and repacking the same unused items you can begin to remove them from your bag for good and lighten your load.

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5. Just because it was free doesn’t mean you have to keep it.

If your mother bought you a waffle iron and then you used it twice and it sat on my kitchen counter for several years before you were brave enough to get rid of it. Don’t feel bad.

Many homes are full of items we no longer want or need, but feel guilty to get rid of. We feel that we owe it to the gifter to hold on to the gift.

The truth is that it is okay to let go of free or gifted items after you have used them.

The Konmari method says that we should thank the items before letting them go. In a Newsweek article Mari Kondo said “By expressing gratitude toward the items you let go, it will lessen the feeling of guilt.”

 

6. Put labels on everything.

Label the jars in your pantry. Label the bins in your laundry room. It’s not only visually appealing, but it also helps to keep you organized.

Give everything a designated purpose and if you can’t find one then ask yourself why you are holding on to the item.

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7. Keep your workspace clean and friendly.

There are lots of great ideas out there on how to create an office or workspace that is productive for creativity and productivity.

Invest some time and thought into how you want to set up your workspace. Then be sure to limit your work to that area.

It’s especially important that you avoid bringing your work into your bedroom as well.

In the home, you want to keep things that spark joy by creating a restorative or loving environment.

In the workspace, you are focusing on items that contribute to your objectives and encourage creativity.


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8. Commit to tidying up often.

These are the most basic yet profound organizing rules of the Konmari method – it’s all about accountability.

Decluttering can’t be a one-time event. You will need to have a bit of a cleanout periodically.

The idea is not to let things get too out of control between sessions. Commit to a schedule of decluttering by cleaning by category so that your home remains manageable and inviting.


Your home is your oasis, so make it the best you can by following some of Marie Kondo’s classic organizing tips. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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