Haven't heard of Marie Kondo yet? She's taken the tidying arena by storm, oh yeah. Kondo is a Japanese lifestyle celebrity that has designed a method of tidying/decluttering that is at once out-of-this-world-loopy and brilliant. Kondo is a genius.
Kondo's method of tidying, documented in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is based on the Japanese philosophy that inanimate objects have feelings too. (Okay so that's a hideously simplistic definition of the philosophy but it's as good as it's gonna get here.)
The quaint Japanese beauty who admits she started reading housekeeping magazines at age 5 (who knew there was magazines of this nature) wants us to ask ourselves one important question about every single object we keep in our houses - does this "spark joy?".
If the answer is no, piff* it. Kondo doesn't just want you to keep items you think you can't live without, she wants you to go a step further. She wants you to be surrounding only by items that truly bring you a gleaming beaming ray of sunshine.
She wants you to graciously thank the items that bring you joy and keep them tidy and politely and gratefully bid those that don't a sweet farewell. Because, you know, objects have feelings too.
I think this is the best thing I've come across in years. Frankly, I'm in love with her.
The best bit? Kondo tells us to tidy/declutter/whatever-you-want-to-call-it in one fowl swoop. Not slowly slowly in bits and bobs. "Do it once, then be done with it", she says. Gush.
Here is Marie herself talking about her philosophy:
And here is a clip of her demonstrating how everyone should fold long-sleeve tops. Really. I'm serious when I say I'm in love:
She recommends tidying by sorting everything into categories first, similar to how I decluttered my wardrobe. Missed my earlier post on this? Read it here. And remember kids, tidy joyfully.
* Of course don't send it to landfill if possible, donate it to a charity shop, give it away or sell it.
Photo at top of page via stylizimoblog.com.