Keeping up with that Kondo way of life is easy — once you know what needs to be done daily. At least, that’s what Marie Kondo herself recently told us – and we’re sticking to it.
This (adorable) Japanese organizing guru has transformed closets and lives alike with her cult-followed bestsellers, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, showing us how to command joy by killing clutter. Marie taught us that if we don’t love it, we should get rid of it; and if we do love it, we should fold it and make it looks pretty. While the Kondo Method requires a little time and attention to put into practice initially (just ask a friend who’s tried it!), the upkeep can be a very simple, calming part of our daily routine.
We were thrilled to talk to Marie about this very subject as she launches her third book: a graphic novel that brings her method to life through the story of a woman who transforms her life using Kondo’s technique. Try her simple tips below to keep your home – and your life – in a more joyful state…
5 Things You Should Do Daily According To Marie Kondo
Bring Fresh Air into Your House
First thing in the morning, invigorate your home by opening all the windows to let in fresh air. This serves as a “good morning” greeting to your house and to yourself.
Sip what sparks joy each morning
Whether it’s hot water, herbal tea, sparkling water, etc., decide what you wish to drink first thing in the morning, depending on your mood and what “sparks joy.” By becoming more conscious about the the “joy” your body is seeking, you will be able to be more conscious about what sparks joy for you throughout the day.
Give Thanks to Your Belongings
When you return the jacket you wore or the bag you used to your closet at the end of the day, do so with gratitude, saying, “Thank you for supporting me today.” You can, of course, say this out loud.
Return Each Belonging to Its Designated Place
Before you go to sleep, reset your mind and body by returning each belonging to its designated place. (It may be difficult, but it’s ideal if you can do this before you leave your house every morning too).
Reflect at The end of The day
At the end of the day, reflect on what sparked joy for you that day. It can be anything – including people you meet or events that occurred.
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