The Life-Changing Tip For Tidying Up

Publish Date
Friday, 22 May 2015, 6:05PM

Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has already sold over 2 million copies and sits firmly atop the New York Times Best Seller list.

Check out her advice on how to tidy up your clothes here...


Try these at home: Marie Kondo's 9 tips for tidying up

1. Sort by category, not location: Don't do the bedrooms first, then the living room, then the rest of the house. Do all your clothes, then all your books, etc.

2. Tidy in one go. Don't draw it out. If you tidy a bit each day, you'll find that you're tidying forever. Do it all at once and you'll have the system in place to stay tidy.

3. Pick up each item one at a time and ask yourself, "Does it spark joy?"

4. Fold your clothes so that they stand up vertically. This way, you can put all your t-shirts (or other items) in a drawer and see every item at once, rather than digging through piles of fabric to find the shirt you want.

5. Don't repurpose clothes to loungewear. Don't justify keeping a torn, ratty T-shirt just because you think you can repurpose it as a pajama top.

6. Recycle your papers. For important legal documents, scan them! Everything else you should get rid of.

7. Don't keep gifts out of guilt. After the joy of the gift-giving moment is through, you can donate the gift without guilt. It has served its purpose.

8. Storage experts are hoarders. A "clever" storage solution never really solves anything. A new box or organizer won't make you tidy. Pursue ultimate simplicity.

9. Start with what you know will be easy to get rid of. If you start with mementos or items you attach a functional value, it will be harder to know if they spark joy. Start with items that are easier to make decisions about, and then you will be in the right mindset to tackle mementos later.