“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has taken 2019 by storm. Leave it to Netflix to continue to create amazing content that has us watching like robots on a daily basis.
For my boyfriend and I, Marie Kondo and 2019 could not have come at a better time! We were getting ready to move in together, and thanks to an opportunity from the leasing company at my old apartment, the move that was supposed to occur in 3 months was happening within a week!
I’m sure we’ve all gone through crazy moves, and anyone who has been married or entered a domestic partnership (lol @ that language but what else do we call it?) has had the daunting task of combining 2 homes into 1. Scott bought this house 3 years ago, and so it’s been lived in, and of course, filled with stuff! Lucky for Scott & I, this move occurred only 2 weeks after “Tidying Up” was released, and we were able to incorporate a lot of her tactics into our new home together. Below are the tips from Marie that I found to be the most useful.
Don’t ignore the “Big Pile” method
One staple of Netflix’s show is when Marie makes the homeowners take all of their belongings, and put them into a large pile. After you’ve piled them up, you take each item in hand and decide whether to keep it based on its ability to spark joy.
Scott & I made sure to do this on each step of our tidying. We each made a pile of clothes, books, kitchen utensils, you name it. Creating one big pile gives you a few benefits. Firstly, it helps you to realize the amount of material you’ve collected. I’m embarrassed to say I had more clothes than I’ve certainly ever needed! Second, by going through each item individually, you’re able to tell whether or not it is something you need in the future.
Tiny boxes; Tiny boxes everywhere
Once you’ve decided what you’re keeping and what you’re moving on from, it’s time to put away the giant mess you’ve created! I definitely felt overwhelmed at this step. Scott had to deal with my crazy mind moving a million miles a minute and being on the constant verge of a breakdown. Using time-saving tips in this step will definitely come in handy! Here are some I’ve written about.
On to the tiny boxes. We found this to be the most helpful tip from Marie in creating sensible and stylish storage. We purchased a few sets of boxes from Target for different drawers: bathroom, kitchen, even some for our Tupperware nightmare. Once you’ve got your boxes and have them arranged to fit your drawers, categorize your items by size. This helps to create a balanced look in the drawer, and it keeps everything easy to find (pictured above).
Create Separate Spaces
Okay… this was a biggie. Scott and I have a lot of stuff, and while we’ve been together for a year and a half our stuff certainly has not. Keeping separate spaces was important for us because it allowed us to still feel independent in our organization even if we are in the same home. Every joint space now has a “Scott” side and a “Tessa” side. The bathroom organizer above is mine, but Scott has a similar one just on the other side of the sink.
We are lucky enough to have his-and-hers closets, but I know not everyone can be on board with that action. If you have a smaller home and master bedroom, one good option is to be sure to have separate dressers, so that the closet has to house a bare minimum of each person’s stuff. From there, evenly divide up the closet into two, separate spaces. This can be done with separating rods, or even utilizing a closet in another room.
Fold what you can
Okay, this one was new for us. Prior to me moving in, Scott’s closets weren’t his-and-hers, they were his and, well, his! He had all of his t-shirts, dress shirts, pants, everything hanging up! Marie has a REVOLUTIONARY way of folding clothing. The basic premise is that everything folds into a small rectangle. The method is easy to use, and allowed us to fit all of his clothes into his dresser! This one I highly recommend.
Get the idea? If not, check out any number of youtube videos available, like this one of Marie herself.
These are the steps that Scott and I found to work the best for us! Of course, we aren’t perfect, and I’m sure things will get out of control soon, but for us Marie came at the perfect moment.
The last place to organize in our home is definitely the most daunting. Our basement is home to more junk than I can even imagine! Below is a “Before” picture. (Of just half the mess) We will be organizing this in the coming weeks, and I will update as we go!
What do you do to stay organized? Share with me below!