Practical Tips from Tidying Up

With millions of devotees and a Netflix series, Marie Kondo has inspired a decluttering craze.

Japan’s decluttering expert Marie Kondo helps people to clean up their homes and spark joy in their lives.

Here’s the best tips from her Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Does it spark joy?

This is Marie’s catchphrase but what she’s really saying is only surround yourself with objects that make you feel good about yourself and your home. 

Everything needs a home

The old saying ‘a place for everything and everything in it’s place’ rings true. If something has a home, you’re more likely to return it to its home after using it.

Utilise boxes

Boxes aren’t just for stacking full of winter clothes at the top of your wardrobe. You can use lidless boxes as cheap and easy draw dividers.

Books are not sacred

Owning a lot of books isn’t a personality trait and not having a bookcase full of books doesn’t mean you’re unintelligent. You’re better off giving the books you don’t like or won’t get around to reading to people who will appreciate them.

It’s ok to get rid of gifts

Don’t feel obliged to hold on to something just because it was a gift. The true meaning of a gift is in the giving.

Read our review of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.