Trend alert: Marie Kondo & the magic of tidying up

There has been a huge buzz around the new series Tidying up with Marie Kondo since it’s arrival on Netflix at the beginning of the year. Following the success of her book The life-changing magic of tidying up crowned the #1 New York Times Best Seller and sold in millions of copies, the Japanese expert reveals her infallible method to organize our living space permanently. The key to successful storage? Starting in the right order and keeping what is most important to you.

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The basics of Marie Kondo’s method are first to throw away all that is superfluous, taking care to bring those objects to a charity and then storing what we want to keep. It must be done at once and as quickly as possible. The expert strongly recommends to follow a precise order: first the clothes, then the books, followed by the paperwork, then the ‘komono’ (a Japanese word which means ‘various objects’), to finish with the sentimental objects. To make sorting easier, she suggests holding each item in our hands, then wondering if it gives us a ‘spark of joy’. If so, keep it if not get rid of it.

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