The life-changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo

Does the magic of tidying really transform your life? 

The KonMari Method promotes treasuring the things you love and letting go of the things you don't, so you'll not only create a beautiful home but find the confidence and motivation to live the life you long for and make space for the future. 

  • Marie Kondo: Basic Folding Method

    Tidying brings visible results. Tidying never lies. The ultimate secret is this: if you tidy up as you go, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mindset. This brings about change so profound that it touches your emotions and will irresistibly effect your way of thinking and your lifestyle habits. 

    Quote by Marie Kondo

  • KonMari: Tried & Tested

    Heather from Growing Spaces has shared her favourite tips from the KonMari method, one year on:

    “Although our house is far from being clutter-free, we still stick to a lot of aspects of the KonMari method a year down the line. The biggest success has been her method for organising clothes, stacking things horizontally in drawers, rather than vertically. Even my husband (who was very sceptical) has adopted this – not only does it save space, but it also makes it so much easier to find what you’re looking for. 

    Another technique I’ve found works well for us is the principle of ‘touch it once’ - the idea that when you pick up a piece of paperwork, you deal with it there and then, instead of adding it to a pile that grows into a mountain and ultimately swallows loads more of your time to sort through. We apply the ‘touch it once’ rule to housekeeping tasks, like putting things straight in the dishwasher instead of next to it, and we very quickly noticed a real difference around the house once we started it.”

  • KonMari: Tried & Tested

    After testing out the KonMari method six months ago, Alison from Her Indoors intends to transform her whole house:

    “I was recommended the book by a very stylish, very orderly lady that my husband was photographing. I was styling. She said it was life changing. Despite the dreary title, I bought it and could not put it down - Marie's writing is magical and her message is utterly brilliant - if in doubt, chuck it out!! 

     

    Make your home beautiful and only have the things you love in it. I swear it can help you feel healthier and also have a very beneficial effect on your mental well-being.

     

    I have 'Marie Kondo'd' a few rooms in my home, I still need to do the whole house though... I am looking forward to it. I am thinking of employing a friend to help me... I know that sounds lazy, but I would like to try and recycle things rather than just chuck and that is a bit of a two person job.”

  • Already a KonMari Convert

    Perhaps you’re already a Marie Kondo fan too. Do you agree with Heather and Alison? Let us know what you think of the KonMari method in the comments below.

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Hammonds Conclusion

Everyone loves that feeling of a good de-clutter, being able to walk into your bedroom and know where everything is. There's usually one problem, those random places you leave important things so you see them every day just in case you need them at the drop of a hat. The things you eventually tidy away the day before you need them and poof they're gone, into the magical abyss of the monthly overhaul, end-of-your-tether tidy up. It's typical, the time you need that something it will be just days after you've given it its own place, which you've totally forgotten whereabouts that is. You start the search, so mad with yourself that you moved it because you've been staring at it in that place for ages. 

If you have the same problem, this book is where the penny drops. Tackling categories at a time, not rooms. It's hard to understand because my mind usually wanders, especially if I'm walking around the house. But, it works and everything under that category gets it in one hit, not room by room. 

This book is as much about self-discovery as it is about tidying. A must read if you have a lost emotional connection with your belongings.

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For me, this is a new approach to achieving some sense of order in my home. Having recently moved house, things have been a bit chaotic. The main reason for this is the constant need to sort through 'clutter' to find what I need. I'm definitely buying into the concept of only keeping the stuff I 'really love'. Key tip for me: don't pile things, keep storage vertical where possible. I like this book! 9 out of 10

I've read this book and started to implement the ideas. It's quite difficult to find a time to get everything together and sort through it, so I'm starting by getting rid of everything I really don't like. Already my socks are rolled up in the lid of a shoe box inside the drawer, which saves time and makes it easier to find what I'm looking for. I've sold gold rings and earrings that I no longer wear and was very surprised and pleased by the amount I made from this. I intend to read the book again to refresh my memory. It's an easy read and full of useful ideas.

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As a Professional Organiser Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying was a must read as the minimalist KonMari method had everyone talking. Her style of gathering all similar items together from around the home and then picking up each individual item to decide what to keep and what to discard by simply how the item makes you feel was a new way of decluttering. Does the item ‘spark joy’? If it does then it’s a keeper, if not it gets discarded. I like the idea of only being surrounded by the belongings that make us happy but it is not very practical for many of us.

One of the best pieces of advice that I use with many of my clients is her way of folding clothes. If you like keeping your clothes in drawers I would encourage you to look at her space saving way of folding your clothes in drawers, it’s great!

I loved this book and found it very thought provoking, interesting and helpful. However this minimalist style may work for some and not for others. There is no one size fits all when decluttering and organising your home. I encourage readers to pick and choose elements that will work for their home and their families.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying claims to be a simple, effective way to banish clutter forever. It's extreme approach is refreshingly honest and deals with not just the physical act of tidying, but the emotional side of the process too. Thought provoking and clearly explained, this book, for me, lived up to it's hefty claim and I have already implemented changes in my approach to organisation that will last a lifetime. A very useful read.

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