That we owe the boom in order to Marie Kondo, no one doubts that. The creator of the KonMari method has shown some shortcomings in the organization of our society: we have too many things, we often keep without criteria, we are not constant … To be ordered, really, you must apply each and every one of these phrases.
IF SOMETHING GOES IN, SOMETHING GOES OUT
Something as simple as that. When you buy an item of clothing you have to get rid of some other item and the same with all kinds of objects. Most people often say “I’m missing closets!” when what happens is that they have too many things (and in reality they don’t use all of them). Furthermore, it is usually considered that we only use 20% of the things we have 80% of the time. That gives a rough idea of how many things we don’t need.
SET A PLACE FOR HOME THING
This phrase is a classic among the most repeated order phrases. How many times have you heard it from your mother? And it is a great truth. When things don’t have a place, it’s easy for them to roam your house. On the other hand, if you know their place in the world, it is much easier for them to spend the rest of their days in it.
WHAT YOU DON’T SEE, YOU DON’T USE
Strongly agree too. What is under the drawer, at the bottom of the closet or the second row of books in your bookstore, you do not usually use it, simply, because perhaps you do not even remember that you had it. Solution? In the case of drawers, the vertical folding of Marie Kondo, for example, allows you to see at a glance everything you have in the drawer, so it is more difficult for there to be shirts that fall into oblivion. And the same goes for any other garment and object. Nothing to stack or hide in the background.
EMPTY FIRST, THEN ORDER
Or what is the same, throw, donate, give away … everything you do not use, do not like or do not need (because you have repeated, for example). Throwing has become a classic and the great previous step to put your house in order. As Marie Kondo says, start by throwing clothes (which is what you have less attachment to) and then continue with books, papers, various objects, of sentimental value. What you do not wear, does not fit you, it is going big or small, it has flaws, you don’t like it. That no longer has a place in your wardrobe. If you throw away everything you do not use then you will have a real image of what you should save and the space you have for it. These are the more than 100 things you should throw away already.
ORDER IS LEARNING
Yes it is. To be ordered is learned, no one is born taught. Although it is true that there are people who, perhaps, have a greater predisposition to being ordained. What can be is that they have learned better habits of order since childhood and then the thing of keeping things in their place seems to them the most natural thing. That is why it is so important to instill the habit of order from a young age. This is how Marie Kondo orders with her daughters.
IN THE ORDER YOU HAVE TO BE CONSTANT
This phrase is closely related to the previous one. There is no use sticking a marathon of order if a week after putting your wardrobe or work area in order they are already disorganized. And why does that happen? Because constancy is the great ally of order. If you spend a few minutes every day to put in place certain things like the clothes on the bedroom chair, the papers in your study … etc, then getting your house in order will be much easier and the order marathons will end.
SORT BY CATEGORIES, NOT BY LOCATION
Again Marie Kondo sneaks into our order phrases. This is one of the pillars of the order of the KonMari method, nothing to order the house and objects by rooms, the order should be based on organizing by categories (clothes, books, toys …) Regardless of where they are, since in many cases the same object can be in several rooms of your house.
ORDER IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS
So is. In a house where four people live, each of them must be responsible for their own things. To keep everything in its place, not to leave things in the middle (for example the toys that invade everything) and not to accumulate too much. And in the common areas the same. If the things that belong to everyone has a fixed place assigned, the one who uses it must leave it there again. And so everything is much simpler (and the order happens almost magically).
VERTICAL FOLDING WORKS!
We have tested it, and we have to say that yes, folding certain garments vertically is a wise move not only to see them all as soon as you open the drawer, but also to optimize your space. As María Zamora, the Marie Kondo from Malaga, says, vertical folding is perfect for underwear and T-shirts. If you do not have enough drawers you can search for containers that adapt to their size. The success to make it look good is to always start from a rectangle. Here we leave you some videos of vertical folding.
ORDERING MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER
And it is that an orderly house is a happier house and it even seems bigger! Houses with too much in between generate visual noise and that’s anything but relaxing. Also, when everything is in place you feel good about yourself as liberated. Order optimizes space, saves you time and money, and gives you peace. What more could you want!