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A Breakdown Of Marie Kondo's Konmari Method So You Don't Have To Binge The Show

Time to tidy up.

Illustrated by Briana Gagnier for Lonny.

Ever since the launch of her Netflix show, Marie Kondo has inspired the world to tidy up. With her special Konmari method, the organization expert helps people effectively clean out their homes while also finding joy in the items you keep. It's not only an amazing method to clear out junk, but it's also a really cathartic experience where you can rediscover pieces you love and end up with an efficient space.

While you can binge watch all of Marie Kondo's show — we at least recommend watching one episode — it's probably not the best idea if you're trying to tidy up your schedule. But if you still want to figure out how to do the Konmari method, you can figure it out sans laying on your couch all day while crying over the all the inspiring transformations (not like we did that or anything).

Want to clean up your space Marie Kondo style? We broke down the Konmari method so you can get your space tidied up in time for spring.

Tidy All At Once

If you try to break up your tidying over a few days, you might feel like it's a never-ending process. Instead dedicate a full day to organizing your things. Once it's finished, you'll have an easy system to work off of in the future.

A Breakdown Of Marie Kondo's Konmari Method So You Don't Have To Binge The Show
Illustrated by Briana Gagnier for Lonny.

Sort By Category Rather Than Location

Rather than breaking up your organizing process by room, do it by category instead. Create piles with all items put together. Start with your clothes, then head onto books, decor, kitchen supplies, etc. If you need to, you can also break categories into subcategories. For instance, when doing your clothing, break it up between tops, pants, shoes, and other items.

Decide What Items Sparks Joy

Here's the part of the Konmari method we like best. After sorting all your things pick up on item at a time and ask yourself, "Does it spark joy?" If the answer is no, you should thank the item for what it has meant to you, then put in a pile to toss or donate.

Start With Items You Know You Will Toss First

When you go through all your pieces, start with the ones that you know you could easily give up. If you begin with items that hold sentimental value, it could be more difficult to determine if they really spark joy or not. By tossing more items at the beginning, you'll be in a better mindset to tackle mementos more tactfully.

Don't Feel Guilty About Tossing Gifts

According to Kondo, once the joy of the gift-giving moment is done, you should be allowed to donate it sans guilt as it has served its purpose.

A Breakdown Of Marie Kondo's Konmari Method So You Don't Have To Binge The Show
Illustrated by Briana Gagnier for Lonny.

Fold Your Clothes So They Stand Vertically

Rather than flat-folding the clothes you plan to keep, use the Kondo method of folding vertically. When all your items can stand up in your drawer, you can see all items at once and be able to know what items you actually have to choose from.

Recycle Papers

You shouldn't be holding on to a bunch of extra papers in your home. Instead, recycle them all. For important legal documents, scan them so you can keep them on record.

After Purging, Get Organized

Once you toss everything that doesn't spark joy, put everything back in a clean and organized fashion. Then enjoy your freshly Konmari-ed home!