Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Helpful Tips To Organize Your Home Like Marie Kondo.

As a homeowner, you most likely understand just how hectic it can be to keep your home organized, especially if you have a family that comes along with it. You try as hard as you can to keep your home in order, but after the after-school extracurricular activities, sleepovers, dinner parties, and the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it feels like you'll never be able to catch up on things. Fortunately, Marie Kondo has some great tips to help you organize in your home.

Marie Kondo is what some people would call obsessed with tidying, but we call her a genius.

Marie Kondo is a world-renowned organizing consultant and author of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" and "Spark Joy." She has garnered millions of devoted followers who are looking to de-stress their lives and de-clutter their homes. If you haven't had the pleasure of introducing yourselves to Kondo's words of wisdom, then you've come to the right place.

Kondo stresses that everything in your home needs its own place.

In order to decrease the amount of clutter you have in your home, and ultimately the anxiety you feel when things begin to feel chaotic, you need to make sure that everything has a place. You're not expected to always put things in their proper place, but as long as you keep the high-traffic areas in your home nicely organized and labeled, daily activities will go more smoothly.

Kondo believes that everything in your home should bring you joy, so she has some simple instructions on what to do to eliminate that closet clutter.

Hold each piece of clothing in your hand and ask yourself if it makes you happy. If it doesn't bring you joy, or you haven't worn it since you bought it three years ago, add it to your donate pile. You won't believe how much space you can clear up just by doing this every few months, especially if you're a bargain shopper.

In her book "Spark Joy," she wrote that “Folding works best if you approach it like origami.”

This means after each fold, you should smooth your palm over the item before continuing to the next fold. This helps the clothing item to keep its shape long term. Kondo advises folding items such as t-shirts, sweaters, jeans, underwear, and socks. She says they should stand upright rather than flat because the more folds there are, the less wrinkled the item will be once it comes time to wear it.

Even though we're in a time where everything has gone digital, you probably have a huge collection of photographs.

Don't get her wrong, she's not telling you to throw away your pictures, but organizing and condensing them is extremely important. Gather all of your photos and start organizing them by place and time. If there are any duplicates, or photos that are similar but not identical, then either make the decision to throw them away or give them to a relative who wants them.

Even though we're in a time where everything has gone digital, you probably have a huge collection of photographs.

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