De-cluttering your home

Today I’m sharing an article from One Kings Lane, the decorating store.

You may have heard about Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant.

picture of kondo

Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is very popular. Many people have claimed that this little turquoise book has transformed their lives.

kondo book

A quick breakdown of the book:

“Put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it. Once only your most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item in a place where its visible, accessible, and easy to grab and put back. Only then, Kondo says, will you “reach the nirvana of housekeeping and never have to clean again.”

does it spark joy

Here’s a summary of the eight lessons:

#1 Tackle categories, not rooms. Begin with clothes, then books.

#2 Respect your belongings and consider your clothing’s feelings. (yes, really!)

#3 Nostalgia is not your friend. Put your blinders on and focus on the category at hand. Don’t be on the phone or listening to music as you do this.

#4 Purging feels so good. Gather every piece of clothing and put in one giant pile. Only keep the clothes that bring you joy.

take everything out

#5 Fold your clothes, don’t hang. Kondo believes that our clothing would be “happier” folded in a dresser. Her technique to fold: make a long rectangle, then fold from the bottom up into a little package.


#6 Kondo suggests using shoeboxes to store your folded packages in your dresser. Your clothing should look like fabric origami.

#7 Fall in love with your closet again. Now that your favorite clothes can see the light of day, you can experience joy when you open your closet door. There’s breathing room between your clothes.

shirt goodbye

#8 Rediscover your style and the clothes you truly love.

marie kondo motto

Have you started to declutter your home? Please share your experiences.


About Josie

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Send her an email at:
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3 Responses to De-cluttering your home

  1. marymarvella says:

    HMMM. Her methods sound interesting. I do need to work on getting rid of a FEW things at a time. I am a creature of habit and a collector of things that hold memories. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  2. Josie says:

    You’re very welcome, MM. This is a very popular method for decluttering.


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