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The Life-Changing March Break Tidying Project

March 13, 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard of Marie Kondo’s book and subsequent Netflix series on tidying up. While many people have already adopted her strategies in their own homes, if you haven’t yet, let March Break be the week you and your family tackle that clutter once and for all!

As we get closer and closer to spring, the concept of cleaning up and starting fresh comes to mind. Embrace the Marie Kondo method and change your life! You’ll become a convert!

Categories, not rooms

Marie Kondo’s method of tidying goes against everything we’ve ever known about cleaning and decluttering. We’ve always been taught to tackle our homes room by room. Kondo says to tackle categories of things, not rooms. This means go through all your clothes, regardless of the rooms they’re in, books, knick-knacks and so on. You’ll find you have a bit from each category in every room, so you can gather up items in one big swoop and take them on as a whole.

Respect your belongings

Kondo also teaches that you should treat your possessions as if they were living things. Your things should not be neglected or strewn about. Yes, the point is to get rid of items you don’t need, like or use, but it’s important to understand your habits when collecting things. When you respect your items, you treat them better and display them nicer. They’ll look better, and you’ll feel better looking at them.

Fold, don’t hang

When it comes to clothing, shrink your unmanageable closet by folding garments and placing them in drawers instead. Kondo’s method of folding allows all items in the drawer to be visible when you open it. So often we stack T-shirts on top of one another and wear only the few that are on the top of the pile. When you purge items you don’t wear and display all the clothes you DO want to wear, you’ll be more likely to change up your outfits more often.

Don’t be nostalgic

This might feel like harsh advice, but many of us hold on to things for nostalgic reasons rather than actual need. Remember that things aren’t memories — memories are memories. Once you realize this, it’s easier to part with items.

Less is more

The ultimate goal of this tidying method isn’t just to organize your stuff, but to get rid of a lot of it. Even if you’ve never read the book or seen the show, you probably know that Marie Kondo believes that any item that doesn’t “spark joy” should be thrown out, recycled or donated. You’re supposed to hold the item and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” It can feel so good to let go of items that you were just lukewarm about owning in the first place. We’ve all made regretful purchases or held on to clothes that don’t fit, hoping they will someday. Just let it all go.

Small storage

When you stuff items into huge storage bins and put them in a closet where the sun doesn’t shine, you forget what’s in there. These kinds of containers can easily sit in your home unopened for years! But when you use small boxes and containers to store things, you can easily open and access them without having to dig. This is like Kondo’s vertical folding method for clothing. When you can see everything, you find it faster. This goes back to respecting your items. Don’t shove them in a plastic bin with no intention of ever revisiting them. Part with them or keep them accessible.

What tidying up tip will you try this March Break?

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