I tried Marie Kondo’s tidying up method and here’s what happened

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I tried Marie Kondo’s tidying up method and here’s what happened

Marie Kondo's show Tidying Up is available on Netflix. Reporter Zoe Alvarez discusses her efforts in following Kondo’s advice in tidying up her closet.

Marie Kondo's show Tidying Up is available on Netflix. Reporter Zoe Alvarez discusses her efforts in following Kondo’s advice in tidying up her closet.

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Marie Kondo's show Tidying Up is available on Netflix. Reporter Zoe Alvarez discusses her efforts in following Kondo’s advice in tidying up her closet.

The Magnet Tribune: Netflix

The Magnet Tribune: Netflix

Marie Kondo's show Tidying Up is available on Netflix. Reporter Zoe Alvarez discusses her efforts in following Kondo’s advice in tidying up her closet.

Zoe Alvarez, Staff Writer

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Sparking joy is the secret to tidying up.

Marie Kondo is a well-known Japanese author for her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She is also a world renowned for her method known as the Kon Mari method. The Kon Mari method took the world by storm but also my bedroom and closet.

This method calls for the gathering of one’s possessions, each in certain categories rather than by decluttering by location. The method then has one decide which item brings joy into their life. The items that spark joy stay and those who do not are then given away. Once you have decided what sparks joy, you must find a suitable place to keep these individual items. Kondo recommends that the items be displayed for the purpose of valuing which items you have.

My Marie Kondo experience began when my Tia asked my mother and I to watch Kondo’s Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Watching her show gave me a strong desire to get up and declutter every space of mine. I came to a consensus, my closet would be the first to be decluttered. Her show was the motivation that began my Marie Kondo closet experience.

Her show was the motivation that began my Marie Kondo closet experience”

— Zoe Alvarez

Marie Kondo on her Neflix show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”

In every episode of her show, she gives a set of instructions to each of her clients: 1) Take out every single piece of clothing and pile it into one big mountain; the bed is the best place to create the pile.

I considered the credibility of Kondo. She must certainly know what she’s talking about so I did not question Marie Kondo’s words. Every little piece of clothing from my closet was placed on the bed. Blouse by blouse and pants by pants the pile grew. Once I completed the first step it seemed as if though I had created a mountain on my bed. My teenage-self questioned the very thought process that decided this was a good idea. Alas, the sliver of motivation let was the fact that I would not have a place to sleep if I did not complete Marie Kondo’s Kon Mari method.

Next, I created two piles: the pile that sparks joy and the pile that did not. Immediately I know of the pair of shoes and backpacks I had stored in the closet that did not spark joy. I then confronted the monstrosity of clothing on my bed.

Through the process, I recalled certain times when I wore a certain sweater, parties from a certain dress, and memories attached to a pair of jeans. The recollections were lovely but I knew they simply did not spark joy. A disclaimer to the sentimental clothing, Kondo describes the process as clearing out items that do not spark joy. It isn’t a process that forces you to throw everything away. If that dress from three years ago really sparks joy, then keep it!

It isn’t a process that forces you to throw everything away. ”

— Zoe Alvarez

I enjoyed feeling a spark of joy from my favorite jacket and pair of pants. I especially enjoyed finally letting go of clothing that did not spark joy. It was a healthy process getting rid of clothing that did not spark joy. I felt myself feel gratitude towards the clothing that I once wore. Marie Kondo’s advice is to thank each piece of clothing for letting you wear and use them. I did exactly that.

To bring reality to the Marie Kondo experience, it was quite scary at first. I couldn’t believe how much clothing I actually had. It made me feel as if I had an unhealthy obsession. My room was messy and full of clothing which was absolutely everywhere. There was hardly any standing or walking space or even a proper place to sit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One can definitely believe I was regretting taking everything out in the first place. My advice is to stay determined, don’t let the amount of clothing you have make you feel bad about yourself, and do not give up on your tidying up. The results are worth it.

Once the last piece of clothing was distributed to its proper place, I began putting back all the clothing that I would keep. This pile was still fairly large. I had to tackle this pile strategically. I began to sort my clothing by colors. The black on the floor, white on the couch, pink on the piano, red on the chair, green and blue on the table, and yellow on the bed. Tossing clothing onto its respective pile made it easier to clear out the bed. The pajamas and workout clothes were two separate piles. This showed me what I actually had in my wardrobe and gave me plenty of ideas for future outfits.

I then hung up my clothing by sets of color and sorted by causal, going out, and formal. This gave me an estimate of how many outfits I have for these types of events. My closet was looking cleaner and organized by the piece of clothing. I was loving the good vibes from tidying up my closet. It was certainly starting to take shape.

I arranged my shoes in a nice display and hung up all my clothing.

The Magnet Tribune: Zoe Alvarez
The Kon Mari is based on Shintu beliefs, these include displaying all of one’s possessions.

I continued by organizing my jackets by winter, rainy, casual, and style. I then hung them up in this order. The workout clothes and pajamas followed.

After this long process, my closet was finally clean and organized. I felt a great joy and a sense of pride. I couldn’t stop but admire at how aesthetically pleasing my closet became. I felt happiness towards my tidy closet and the new life and memories these clothes are yet to bring. It felt as if a heavy weight was finally lifted off my chest. The room’s energy was much more calming. Crowded messy closet spaces no longer clouded the pure calming energy of the room. Marie Kondo sure knows what she’s doing.

Marie Kondo sure knows what she’s doing.”

— Zoe Alvarez