My name is Fab and I am Netflix binger – there is no way to go about it or hide it even. I can get lost in anything from horror movies to cooking shows and questionable hotel-review shows (not massively proud of that one).
However, there is a Netflix crush that took the world by storm and I am personally excited about – especially since minimalism and better living will be 2019 trends to look out for.
Welcome Marie Kondo – an adorable, pocket-sized Japanese lady who took the world by storm with her incredible book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” -first published in 2011, reached number one on the New York Times bestselling books list. It’s since sold more than six million copies worldwide with her Mari Kondo Method.
Kondo has also accumulated a huge online following, amassing 778,000 followers on Instagram, 319,000 likes on Facebook and more than 58,000 followers on Twitter.
One of her Amazon reviews reads: “I used it to do our whole house 15 bags for recycling and 13 for charity and 3 bin bags. My family was supportive and we have found it has given us more time to do things as everything has its place and gets put back.”
Yes, Marie Kondo is onto something.
Her unique tidying technique, the KonMari Method, has received such widespread acclaim that she’s now collaborated with Netflix on a brand new series, Tidying up with Marie Kondo.
So much so that is unsurprising to see Netflix commissioning a whole show where Marie and her translator Iida head to the houses of hoarders and people needing help ‘uncluttering’ their lives, and sparks joy all around.
What is the KonMari Method?
The method was coined by Marie Kondo and is based on organising your things by placing your possessions in certain categories. There is so much to cover from both the series and the books, however, here’s a few tips I particularly enjoyed
1. Tackle Categories, Not Rooms
One of Kondo’s rules is to tidy by category—deal with every single one of your books at once, for example, in order to see everything you own. Clothing is another big category, as well as papers. The idea is to pile it all up – yes, slightly overwhelming I know – and tackle it in one big go.
2. Start gathering boxes
Boxes are one of Marie’s favourite prop, as she REALLY likes folding – more on this in a second. Make sure you have loads of different boxes to make the most of your drawers – from kitchens to bathrooms, as well as your closet, boxes will help you tidy and fold accordingly. I will confess, I got a bit carried away and started buying loads of softboxes like this one. Organisers and boxes like this handy set of six below can definitely help you making the most of your space.
In the series, Marie shows you how to fold anything from vests to underpants (I know, right?) It took me a while to get the hang of it, but it’s definitely the best tip I have actioned so far. I also managed to fold everything upright so that I can see everything I own at a glance, another important concept Marie highlights multiple times.
4. Do not rush the process
Go through each item one by one and ask the right question when holding each item. Marie Kondo connects to feeling as much as the objects themselves, and this is what makes the whole system so unique. It definitely helped me getting rid of a lot of items.
5. Ask the right questions
I love how Marie asks loads of questions – after all, you know I love a good question (yes, you can read it in my book, questions are a KEY tool for influencers). The two questions she repeats, again and again, are “does it spark joy” and “do you need this in your life going forward?” Game changers when reviewing items.