Things Marie Kondo Uses On Her Netflix Show To Help People Get Organized
Get organized a la Marie Kondo with these essentials.
If you’ve watched Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” you’ve probably felt an urge to clean out a closet or two, or even your entire home. That’s the effect that Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant and author of the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has on her clients as well as TV audiences.
Kondo’s KonMari tidying method has two stages: discarding items that don’t spark joy, and then organizing the objects that remain. To assist with the organizing process, take a look at some Kondo-inspired items that can assist you in tidying your home.
Kondo says that having a clear picture in your mind of the kind of life you want to lead will help you focus on your tidying your home.
Writing or drawing in a journal, like this dream journal ($6.99), better enables you to visualize your future.
“The most important step is to have an image of your ideal lifestyle that you want to lead once you finish tidying. The clearer the image the better,” she says on the show.
Decorative File Folders
According to Kondo, everything should have a place, including your papers. However, a filing cabinet and paper storage system needn’t be boring. These colorful file folders ($14.99) might spark joy more than plain manila ones.
Underwear And Socks Organizer
Kondo recommends folding socks instead of rolling them or balling them. (She points out that doing so stretches the elastic.) These organizers ($14.87) can help ensure every pair has its own designated spot in your sock drawer.
Sorbus Storage Set
These gray fabric storage bins ($21.99) are perfect for storing linens like bedding and towels. Kondo believes that linens should be folded and placed into the storage bins horizontally, rather than stacked vertically on top of each other. This allows you to see all of the linens at once without having to remove them from the container.
MiracleFold Laundry Folder
Kondo has an amazing ability to fold clothes perfectly into small rectangles. If you don’t want to invest a lot of time in learning how to fold Kondo-style, you could instead buy this MiracleFold laundry folder ($22.99). It helps you achieve perfect-looking laundry without much practice.
Clear Plastic Drawer Organizers
Kondo always uses boxes, like this six-piece set of clear drawer organizers ($14.99), when she’s organizing miscellaneous items. This becomes even more necessary when items are small. It’s easier to take a small box out of a drawer or cabinet and put it back, rather than individual tiny objects.
Christmas Wreath Storage Bag
Christmas decorations are the only things that Kondo stores in her garage. Kondo doesn’t recommend keeping them in plastic bags because it begins to look like trash. Instead, she recommends tidying Christmas items and placing them in clear or seasonal containers, such as this Christmas wreath storage bag ($10.99), that make it obvious what is inside.
Every morning in her own home, Kondo says that she opens up all of the windows and burns incense to help purify the space. If you’d like to do the same in your own home, try these Japanese-style incense sticks ($21.98). They come in six scents: sage, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, frankincense and myrrh.
Pyrex Glass Storage Container Set
Kondo recommends keeping a designated space for everything in your kitchen, including containers. Get rid of any storage containers that no longer have a lid, and stack all of the containers, such as these Pyrex glass containers ($36.92), in one drawer or cabinet. This makes it easier to see what you have.
Sterilite Storage Boxes
If you are going to store things in an attic or garage, Kondo recommends using clear containers like these Sterilite boxes ($61.10 for a four-pack) so that it’s easy to see what’s inside without having to remove everything. This will prevent you from unintentionally buying the same item over and over again as well.
Kitchen Drawer Organizer
Try to keep things of the same size together in the same place, Kondo says. When organizing flatware, a kitchen drawer organizer, such as this bamboo one ($23.97), makes it easy to separate and store differently sized utensils. It also makes it far easier to find what you need.
When tidying photos, it’s important to only keep ones that spark the most joy. If you have similar or duplicate pictures, you’ll want to edit the selections down. Kondo recommends storing photos in albums (such as these fabric frame albums for $14.45) and placing them on a bookshelf or coffee table, so you can easily look through them when the mood strikes.
Photo Storage Box
If you don’t remember the year a photo was taken, don’t fret. Kondo says that organizing photos by events or grouping them with other photos that are similar in theme is also a smart way to organize pictures. For example, summer vacation photos could all go together in one photo album or photo storage box ($10.20).
Sorbus Foldable Organizer Bags
If you don’t have enough drawer space or haven’t yet bought a dresser like the family in “The Downsizers” episode, Kondo says you can store clothes in boxes or bags in the meantime. These organizer bags are an affordable alternative for clothing storage. Not only will it keep your clothes tidy, but a storage bag will also show you how big of a dresser you’ll need if you decide to buy one in the future. These Sorbus organizer bags ($18.99) are foldable, which is handy if you end up needing to store the bags themselves.
Hanging Handbag Organizer
In the “Sparking Joy After a Loss” episode, Kondo points out that many people don’t feel like they have enough room to store their bags. She recommends a “bag in a bag” method, putting smaller bags inside of each other. This hanging bag organizer ($18.99) could also work.
Food Storage Containers
When using the KonMari method in your kitchen, pantry organizers, such as this Shazo food storage set ($36.99), can go a long way in keeping your non-perishables tidy. But first, Kondo recommends checking the expiration dates on items in your pantries. She notes that 30 percent of food in her clients’ pantries is expired.
Rail Rack With Hooks
The goal for kitchen storage is to keep as much as possible off the counters and store what you use most frequently in easy-to-reach places. A rail rack with hooks, like this wall-mounted stainless-steel rack for $9.99, is ideal for hanging your favorite kitchen utensils or pans. Less-used items are better stored in harder-to-reach places in kitchen cabinets.
Hanging Closet Organizer
When organizing a closet, Kondo recommends taking everything out and creating one big pile in order to see how many clothes you own. This will help you decide what you truly need. Afterward, you can figure out the ideal way to store your clothing. If you have more closet space than drawers, a hanging closet organizer, like this Whitmor organizer for $7.47, could be a great solution.
Kondo’s advice on organizing books is a bit controversial among book-lovers: She recommends getting rid of any unread books or ones that you’re hanging onto just in case you’ll re-read them again. If you don’t have a bookshelf already, a design-forward one like this tree bookshelf ($49.99) will help keep your remaining books tidy.
Book Storage Basket ($13.88)
The KonMari process isn’t just for adults. For kids, Kondo recommends designating a “hall of fame” for the children’s books you and your child love the most. Not only will this prevent books from laying around everywhere, but Kondo points out that being overloaded with too many books or objects may prevent your child from receiving and appreciating new information. You can store your hall-of-fame books in a basket, like this cotton one for $13.88.
Clear Acrylic Serving Tray
For entryways, Kondo recommends having a designated space for keys, sunglasses and whatever else you immediately set down when coming through the door. A clear tray, like this tray for $36.95, on top of an entryway table can serve as a landing space for your things. Not only will this keep the area tidy, but you’ll also never forget where you left your keys.
Kondo always recommends storing things upright rather than piling them, even in the refrigerator. This set of refrigerator organizers ($30.95) can help free of space in your fridge that might not otherwise be available to you. For example, you would never want to pile anything on top of a fragile egg carton, but these durable plastic ones allow for stacking vertically.
Instead of shoving loose change in a drawer, Kondo advises keeping loose change in your wallet so it’s available for spending. If you have a large collection of coins, it might make the most sense to purchase a separate coin purse, like this cheery yellow one ($5.29). This will prevent your wallet from busting open or being too wide to zip.
Decanting bath products into clear bottles helps eliminate visual info that doesn’t spark joy. This might make your home more peaceful and comfortable, says Kondo. For example, these glass bottles (two-pack, $12.99) would work well for everything from hand soap to shampoo and conditioner.
For parents, Kondo recommends leading by example. If your child sees you tidying your things, then he or she will want to join in, too. Providing your child with a designated space for toys, like this toy chest ($28.99), could also aid in keeping them organized.
Sterilite Storage Boxes
Kondo says not to underestimate shoe boxes. They are the perfect size and shape to organize many things, even beyond shoes. Cleaning supplies, thin T-shirts and pantry staples are just some of the things that Kondo points out can be stored in shoe-sized boxes, such as these Sterilite boxes ($24.99 for a set of 12).
Decorative Storage Boxes
Organizing sentimental items can be difficult. That’s why the KonMari method advises tackling them last. Creating a treasure box, such as these pretty cardboard storage boxes ($27.99 for a set of three), for sentimental items that truly bring you joy is recommended by Kondo for these objects.
Reusable Cord Organizers
A lot of people have a ton of electronics cords laying about with no purpose. Kondo suggests gathering all of your cords and chargers, sorting them, and eliminating any mystery cords. You can also use these cord ties (pack of 20, $6.99) to store the remaining cords. This will keep your digital life better organized.
Multipurpose Drawstring Trash Bags
Make sure you have garbage bags on hand before you start Kondo-ing your home. If an item doesn’t spark joy, Kondo recommends throwing it out or donating it to charity. (But not before saying “thank you” to the object first.)
Winifred & Lily Pet Toy Storage Bin
Marie Kondo believes you can apply the KonMari method to anything: even pet toys. Since dogs and cats may not be able to tell you what objects still spark joy for them, it’s on pet owners to go through the process for them. Afterward, you can store the remaining toys and accessories in a designated storage container, like this Winifred & Lily one for $14.99.
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