What Would Marie Kondo Do?

Mar 20, 2019

Spring cleaning. I tried. I really tried. I’m a lover of spreadsheets, charts, to-do lists & keeping office things oh-so organized & color-coded it’s borderline wacky. But when it comes to my home (Fine, my clothes. And handbags. And some knickknacks.), e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g brings me joy. Yes, even my glitter-covered Eeyore pen from 1995 that hasn’t worked since, well, 1995 (face palm emoji, but also toothy grin emoji because JOY).

So instead of going full-on KonMari™, I decided to—& I cannot stress this enough—gently tidy up my space & start organizing which, incidentally, brings me the most joy (I told you, wacky).

The Almost Purge
Ask anyone who’s ever worked retail & they’ll tell you they’ve been doing the KonMari™ fold for years, present company included. That, plus my separation anxiety with my clothes led me to forgo the full closet & dresser clean out & focus on a few smaller categories: socks & shoes. The amount of novelty socks I own is astonishing, & with a drawer organizer I can clearly see what I’ve got (hello, bacon socks!).

Now, I tend to wear the same sneakers every day, because they’re at the top of my shoe pile closet & I can grab them in a pinch. Who knew I had so many other options? This shoe rack keeps everything (50 pairs!) on display. If you’ve done better than me with the whole purging step, an over-the-door style is another sweet option.

No Mo’ Paper
I couldn’t fully get on board with this one. But I did trade in my shoebox of receipts & important docs for something a bit smarter (adulting!).

I <3 Containers
Full disclosure: I asked for a new set of tupperware for Christmas because I also <3 to meal prep. Little did I know, Kondo revealed other uses for them. I now use a few of these to neatly store makeup in my newly designated makeup drawer. If you want yours out on display, give this organizer a go.

Everything Has Its Place
Remember that Eeyore pen? I decided to take that & a few other komono (Kondo calls them miscellaneous, I call them sentimental-but-not-necessarily-useful things) from my junk drawer & categorize & store them in pretty boxes. Winning!

The end result? Tidying up feels GOOD. I think my girl Marie would be proud of the baby steps I’ve taken. And maybe, just maybe I’ll tackle my clothes. Next spring.


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