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Marie Kondo’s Tips for a Happy Home
Does this spark joy? This question more than anything else is the operating principle of the KonMari method. Objects that make you feel happy when you hold them matter to you. Ergo, they’re the ones you should keep. If something doesn’t spark joy, you can live without it. It’s a simple concept but an entirely new way of thinking about which items you truly cherish. Tidying is the tool, not the final destination. While Kondo herself loves tidying — at one point she gleefully declares, “I love mess” — she understands that some people feel the opposite. The goal, instead, is to create a space you love living in, full of only your most prized possessions. Clutter is caused by failure to return things to where they belong. In the KonMari method, everything has its place. Kondo loves boxes, baskets, and other organizational tools. Not only does designating a specific place for items make you more organized, but it also forces you to take better care of your things. Can you place your hand on your heart and swear that you are happy when surrounded by so much stuff that you don’t even remember what’s there? I don’t think anyone can answer this question in the affirmative, which proves Kondo’s point. Everyone prefers an orderly home, so spring-cleaning is more than worth the effort. It may sound daunting, but you’ll feel a lot better when it’s done. Cleaning the inside of your house may be a trying process, but handling your exterior is much simpler. All you have to do is call All-Clean! SoftWash and we’ll take care of it . I’m guessing that crud on the windows and those leaves in the gutter aren’t sparking much joy anyway.
Maybe I’m hoping for a quick end to winter, or maybe I’ve been binge-watching too many episodes of “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” on Netflix — that show is strangely soothing and seriously addicting — but I’ve been thinking about getting an early jump on spring-cleaning this year. If you’re of the opinion that February is way too early to think about spring-cleaning, we’ll call it Valentine’s Day for your home instead.
In honor of “Tidying Up,” I’d like to share a few Marie Kondo-inspired tips for making spring-cleaning a joyous process. But first, here’s a little background. Kondo and her “KonMari” organization method first became a phenomenon in 2014 when her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” was translated into English. In “Tidying Up,” Kondo visits different California homes and applies her methods in actual practice.
Unlike every other home-cleaning show, “Tidying Up” doesn’t feel exploitative or judgmental. Kondo, who is basically the personification of a warm cup of chamomile tea, understands that objects have real value to people. Her approach is not forceful, and she doesn’t expect her hosts to become spartan minimalists. Instead, she encourages people to keep objects that “spark joy” and discard those that have “outlived their purpose.” She also folds clothes better than anyone in the history of planet Earth, which is very comforting to watch.
Here are a few quotes from the show to help inspire your early spring- cleaning. I hope you get as much motivation from them as I did.
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