Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing changed the way we keep our homes, and decorate other's. Some of her key rules are easy for us to apply to how we accessorize  our client's spaces, and we hope they will help you too. There are two key tenets to Kondo’s method: Keep only what inspires joy in your heart and organize by category, not spaces.

Keep what you love. In terms of “sparking joy,” a phrase Kondo uses often in her book, it can be summed up this way: If you don’t love it, get rid of it. Here’s the hard part: She advises a tough-love approach to parse out whether something makes you happy or if you are just simply hanging on to it.

Sort by type, not room. One of the primary things that makes Kondo’s approach different is her technique of purging by category. For example, instead of cleaning and organizing your master bedroom closet, she suggests tackling all of your clothes at once. Her point is that you likely don’t have garments stored in just one spot — for example, there are coats in the closet, T-shirts in a bureau, perhaps even seasonal clothes stashed in the attic. Experience has taught her that if you tidy by areas or rooms, the tidying never ends. Instead, she advocates performing the task by category and in one fell swoop. As she writes on the first page of her book, “Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely in one go.”

Seems too easy, right? According to Kondo, what makes the method more difficult is the fact that many of us attach emotion to our. We hang on to items we don’t like because they were gifts; we allow books and papers to pile up in anticipation of reading them later; we refuse to let go of regrettable purchases because of the money we spent on them. The book had us questioning how much we have and how much we really need. We don’t regret getting rid of the things we had- just that we spent money on them in the first place. 

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