Now the Japanese tidying specialist has written the next volume, Spark Joy (Ten Speed Press). In the new book, the author provides answers to questions about his method, offers more tips on how to organize a household, and tells what to do with a hammer that you need, but which you do not like. We publish the main ideas from the book, including instructions for storing clothes.
Photo: Natsuno Ichigo
In the new book, Kondo explains the basic principles of cleaning.
- Make cleaning a duty.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Get rid of unnecessary things first.
- Clean by category, not space.
- Follow a routine.
- Ask yourself if you are enjoying it.
If you are ready to clean up, then Marie advises you to start with the simplest categories and move on to the more complex ones.
- Books and magazines.
- Papers (study materials, bank statements, instructions, cards, magazine clippings).
- Small objects (for example, discs, writing utensils, medicines, napkins, kitchen utensils, household chemicals).
- Things of symbolic value (relics, children’s drawings and crafts, notes, letters, photographs).
Throw away unwanted items and put the rest.
Start with clothes and get all of your outfits and shoes out of the closets. Hold each item in your hands to see how it makes you feel. Leave only those that give you joy. It will be easier to decide if you compare things.
After you have selected the things that you want to keep, and put aside those that you want to give or sell, you can proceed to the next step – put everything down and put away.
Arranging clothes in rows so you can see each item and save space is one of the key principles of the KonMari Method. Marie herself compares this method to making origami.
- Fold things on both sides towards the center to form a rectangle.
- Fold the rectangle in half or thirds.
- Do the same for the new rectangle.
In the video, Marie offers instructions on how to fold these and other things.
If you store certain utensils for special occasions, start using them regularly. Dividers and bins will help you separate and keep your kitchen utensils tidy.
Do you really not like any object in the household? Praise and appreciate him: “The things we really need make life happier. Therefore, it is worth treating them with love. ” However, if nothing changes, it is worth giving up this thing. You will find something better.
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