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The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up #tidytip
1. Discard first, store later.
Kondo believes (much like FlyLady) that you can’t organize clutter. The first step is to get rid of everything you don’t need.
2. Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever.
“Tidying is a special event. Don’t do it every day.” If you do the job right, once and completely, you won’t have to do it again.
3. Storage experts are hoarders.
“Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.” But organized clutter is still clutter.
4. Sort by category, not location.
“Tidying up by location is a fatal mistake.” Sort by category instead, in the following order: clothes, books, papers, miscellany, and then things with sentimental value.
5. “Does this spark joy?”
If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. (Important documents not included, but there are fewer of these than you’d think.)
6. Never pile things.
Vertical storage is the key. Stacking has two problems: you can stack much more than you can store vertically (not a plus if you’re aiming for clutter-free), and stacking is hard on the things at the bottom.
7. Learn how to fold.
Kondo is adamant about proper folding technique, which enables you to store things standing up rather than laid flat. I couldn’t visualize her technique from the book but this video helped. This method is amazing for visual types because you can see everything at a glance, much more effectively than you can if your clothes are hanging or vertically stacked.
I disagree with some of Kondo’s methods (her chapter on what to do with books made me want to cry) but I loved her philosophy of storing and organizing clothes. I put her tips to the test this week and reorganized
several of our closets and dresser drawers, getting rid of a whole lot of clothing in the process.
This is t-shirt drawer, which used to be two t-shirt drawers. Now everything fits in just one drawer and the contents are much more visible.
This is a drawer of my t-shirts and tops. (Kondo recommends organizing tops from light to dark. I’m learning.)
If you want to tidy up once and for all, this is the best kick in the pants you can get for ten bucks. I’ll be attacking more of my clutter in the weeks to come while I’m still riding the motivational high this book delivers.