Tidying Up With Marie Kondo landed on Netflix this month, just in time for all of us home and interior lovers to make a fresh start for 2019. For those who haven’t yet heard about Marie Kondo, she’s a very successful organising consultant and author, or as we like to call her… the ultimate tidying guru.
Having written 4 books on organisation, she’s now taken to our TV screens where she helps families make sense of all sorts of mess and ‘choose joy’. The entire first season is available to watch now, and we’re keen to see if her tried, tested and trusted advice can truly help people make lasting changes.
'For those who haven’t yet heard about Marie Kondo, she’s a very successful organising consultant and author'
We took the time to talk to Instagrammer and self-confessed interior lover, @lanni_x, about how she became ‘Kon Mari’.
As a hairdresser and mum of 2, Leanne’s family home is very busy, so she decided to see if implementing some new tidying methods could make their days a little less hectic. But did it work?
“The KonMari method hasn’t just helped me, it’s helped all my family. Not only does the house look tidy, everything has a place now. I’ve noticed our days run a lot smoother because we all know where everything is before school/work, so we’re not rushing.”
What are your main reasons for getting organised?
It always makes me feel so much better. I love how tidy and clutter-free the house is, and I love the fact that everything has a place, which makes life easier for all the family.
'I was hooked from the very first episode and found myself writing down a list of things I would need to do to get organised.'
When did you first hear about the Marie Kondo method?
I’m a huge Netflix fan so I’m constantly checking to see what trending programmes there are; that’s how I found Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. I was hooked from the very first episode and found myself writing down a list of things I would need to do to get organised.
Do you need anything to become ‘KonMari’?
Enthusiasm, a note pad and pen, and storage solutions i.e. baskets, draw dividers, jars. You don’t always need to buy things either. I’ve recently organised my kitchen and used old gift boxes to keep items neatly stored. I also used old pasta sauce jars to keep things in like batteries, pens/pencils, so definitely look around the house to see what can be used!
For those wanting to de-clutter, where should they start?
If you want to de-clutter, I would definitely recommend the KonMari method! It’s unique because you declutter your items by category (clothes, books, paper) instead of the traditional method of cleaning by room/location. For instance, you gather all of your books (those in your living room, office, night stand, kids’ room) and you put them in one big pile to declutter.
'It’s unique because you declutter your items by category (clothes, books, paper) instead of the traditional method of cleaning by room/location.'
Once you have a pile, you take each item, and determine if it ‘sparks joy’. If it doesn’t, then the item doesn’t stay in your home. Using this method, you declutter items in a specific order: first clothes, then books, papers, miscellaneous, and finally sentimental items. You will be surprised how little you actually keep.
What was the one thing that made the most difference?
The jars, baskets & boxes I use in the kitchen to keep everything stored in its own little place. They look so neat and tidy and because they are labelled, we all know where every item is.
So, it seems the biggest thing to note about this method of organisation, is that it’s not just about how things look, it’s about how being prepared, decluttered and tidy can make you feel!
So what are you waiting for?
To help you make some changes to your space, take a look at VonHaus storage solutions and start decluttering!