FOLDING A TEE SHIRT A DIFFERENT WAY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE? REALLY?

So have you seen the book?  Have you read the book?  Do you know about the book?  Do you own the book??

THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP.

978-1-60774-730-7-1

The world seems to have been swallowed up by the soft voice and firm, sensibly manicured hand of Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo.  The petite woman who gave herself a miniature nervous breakdown as a teen  because she became so obsessed yet never satisfied with tidying up, has created a cult following.

The cult of Kondo.

the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up

Holy shit.  She’s RIGHT.  Marie would never, ever say that bad word by the way.  Maybe if I want to get organized I should stop saying bad words.  Maybe that would help me become more tidy.

I first heard about the book over a year ago when I ran into a Cult of Kondo friend at the local drugstore.  We were …

Wait!  Something big and messy is about to happen!

If you could just excuse me for a minute that’d be great because I’m pretty sure my head is going to explode.  I’ve had an inkling that this was going to happen for the past month or so and I have a feeling this is the moment.  I’m sure you’ve been there.  There’s just too much mashed and scribbled around in your brain so some of it is looking for a way out.  Much like a ticking time bomb, my head is just waiting for the exact right moment to go off in a spectacular display.   So if we could all just sit quietly for a minute or two until I know one way or the other that’d be great.  I’m pretty sure it’s gonna happen though.  Right now.  In the middle of writing a post.

 

 

Nope.  We’re good.  Head isn’t going to explode today I don’t think.

It’s only a matter of time though. I know this on account of the fact that there’s too much in my head and it’s all out of order and mish mashed around in there in such a scrambled mess I can’t really call any information up to my frontal lobe when I need it.  I think, What will I have for dinner, and instead of pizza or pesto, a little anxiety attack named Sam comes raging forward instead of a dinner idea, screaming at me to give up eating so I have time to tidy up the house instead.  I hate Sam.  Sam’s an asshead.

So back to this book. I found out about it over a year ago from a friend, as I said, but I didn’t buy it. I just sort of forgot about it. Here’s proof of when I was first told about it because I even took a “note” of the title.

 

magic2

 

But today that changes.  Because TODAY I am buying The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I’ve left it so late Marie already has another book out on tidying up.  I think it’s more of a companion book for the already tidy so I’m not sure I need this one.

SPARK JOY

spark-joy-hardcover-665x1024

I’m going to read this book and do every SINGLE thing it says.  Mainly I want to get my house organized, decluttered and ready for the fall makeover.  I have so many things to move around and a few big storage pieces I may have to get rid of that I have to get my decluttering done before I even attempt to redecorate.

Along with ordering and submitting to the Cult of Kondo there are 2 other things I’m going to do to help me organize my life and house this month.

HOW I’M GOING TO GET ORGANIZED THIS MONTH

Organize my thoughts.  Seriously. I need to get this jumble of ideas and thoughts figured out and evict Sam the Asshead as soon as possible.  I will prioritize, list, re-prioritize and make a new list of the things I need to get done.  Over and over until it’s doable.  This is just for all the stuff I need to do that *isn’t* tidying and organizing.  More like figuring out when I’m going to fix the chicken coop roof and making a timeline and material list for redecorating the lower floor of my house this fall.

I will NOT try to organize/tidy my entire house.  That’s crazy talk.  I’ll do 4 rooms.

4 rooms in 4 weeks.  Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Bathroom.

(Sign up for the 4 Rooms, 4 Week Challenge  that starts this Monday!)

I have to confess I’m unreasonably excited about this book. I’ve already been using Marie Kondo’s folding method   (the Konmari method) and it kindda has magically changed my life.  Opening my tee shirt drawer never made me smile before.  Now it does.  Now it makes me giddy.

konmari-tee-folding

Ditto for my jean drawer and tea towel drawer. You know how you fold your tee shirts all nice and sit them on top of each other, then you need a tee shirt and it’s under another one and you pull it out and it makes them a bit messy? Then you’re in a huge rush and you just go diving and rummaging through them to find one that doesn’t have a hole in it ’cause your fart-face-fussy mother-law-law is coming over and by the time you walk away from the drawer it’s a tangle of polyester and cotton? Yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore.

If reviews of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up are to be believed it really is life changing.  Folding tee shirts her way had me so excited I almost had to pull out the smelling salts so I can’t imagine what’ll happen to me when I read the whole book.

I *can* imagine what will happen to Anxiety Sam though.

Have a good weekend!

signaturetransparent

SHARE:Share on Facebook0Pin on Pinterest292Tweet about this on Twitter

115 Comments

  1. Rachel San Diego says:

    I have literally pulled items out of my closet, held them up, noted a decided lack of sparking joy, thanked them for their service, placed them in a plastic bag, and donated them the next day.

    Marie Kondo IS the shit.*

    Have fun de-crapifying and organizing your life!

    * I know, she wouldn’t say that word.

  2. gigi says:

    Sam the Asshead visits me quite often also! I’m signing up for the 4 room challenge. I think big Sam says it’s ok.

    • Karen says:

      Were you part of August’s challenge Gigi? Tonight we had a live video chat from my backyard and I showed everyone live how I make pizza in my pizza oven. Not sure what video chat we’ll do for August but I’m sure it’ll involve bags and bags of stuff looking for a new home, lol. Some of it may even end up in the pizza oven. ~ karen!

  3. Nicole says:

    I got to the part where you’re supposed to thank your socks and she kind of lost me. But I agree her shirt folding method is the bomb-diggity. (Another word she would never use!)

    • Karen says:

      I know, lol. I’ve read about the thanking your clothing and items for their service bit. I plan on making my 4 week challenge a combo of both her methods and mine. They’re fairly similar in that they both involve getting RID of all your stuff and then putting the keepers back little by little. And I need things to be convenient. So no stacking things on other things etc. And generally I don’t thank old buckets and picture frames for their service but who knows. Maybe I will after reading the book. maybe. ~ karen!

      • Amy says:

        I think the thanking the items for their service is genius. It allays the guilt we may otherwise feel from getting rid of it. And that, of course, makes it easier to let go.

  4. Leanne says:

    But what happens when you take out a few shirts? Do they all fall or get scrunched??

    • Karen says:

      No ma’am. That’s part of the brilliance. The way they’re folded they stand like that all on their own. One single tee shirt stays exactly like that. Ditto for jeans, tea towels, napkins … anything. All hail Marie Kondo. ~ karen!

      • Sera says:

        I’m still folding them wrong them, because mine don’t stay up. They flip over a little. And then I get in a rush and I try two on and just stuff them back in the drawer. I clearly have more work to do. That and I have a toddler. They ruin everything. But so cute! I still love Marie Kondo!

        • Janet says:

          I had the same experience. My drawer is too tall. If I fold the shirts so that they stand up by themselves, the drawer is half empty and half my shirts don’t have a home, so I end up having two rows, which kind of defeats the purpose…… Still working on it. I was totally thrilled when I folded and put them away for the first time though.

          I never did get the hang of emptying my purse every time I come home. I KNOW this practice would prevent me from finding 5 lip balms in my handbag.

  5. Jennie Lee says:

    No. Not you. When I read that you were going to talk about Kondo’s book on your blog, I thought “Don’t worry. Karen is sensible. Karen won’t go for Kondo’s silliness.” I won’t really be mad at you if you do like her book, but it’s really getting old, being (apparently) the only person in the world who dislikes it. I won’t even try to affect your opinion by explaining why I feel that way. (Unless someone wants to know.) I’ve had enough Kondo-fans give me a hard time, already. I’ll just say that if anyone out there tried her book and feels like I do about it, I highly recommend “Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good” by Andrew J. Mellen.

    • Kate says:

      I’m with you Jennie, you aren’t alone. I find Kondo seriously disturbed on a number of levels and some of her advice is downright irresponsible. Don’t keep paper records? Seriously? (though the teeshirt folding works)

      And ‘Unstuff Your Life’ is excellent (and not disturbed, lol)

    • Karen says:

      So how does the advice differ? I already think doing an entire house is crazy talk as I mentioned. I’d need to take an entire month off of work to declutter my entire house top to bottom and I’m not even a particularly bad clutterererer. But I do think you can tell right away if you love something or just feel meh about it. ~ karen!

      • Jennie Lee says:

        Thanks, Kate, for letting me know I’m not alone! Since Karen is curious, I’ll try to be brief. I read Mellen’s book first, and it helped me A LOT. Then a friend asked me to help her de-clutter, and I heard about Kondo’s book, so I read it for new ways to help my friend. Kondo’s book is more applicable to the Japanese culture than the American one. Everything she covers is covered in more depth in Mellen’s book, including the psychological aspects of clutter. His advice is more practical. It took me months to finish my home, Karen. From what I see in your blog, you don’t have much clutter. I did. Once I began to see empty space (!) in my home, it was addictive. I really got into it. And I can honestly say that I have not really missed any of the stuff I got rid of. Another big help was Freecycle, which is a worldwide free group whose purpose is to keep good things out of landfills by helping those with things they don’t want connect with people who need those things. They can be found at http://www.Freecycle.org .

        • Penny says:

          You are right on the button with Freecycle, Jennie Lee! When my kids left home, quite a lot of their stuff had to stay here. To clear space I realised I’d have to start by getting rid of my clutter – Freecyclists took shed-loads of stuff, everything from plants for a community garden to a dining table, cross-stitch patterns and a cafetiere with cups!

    • Ann says:

      Oh you are so not alone. A house that tidy would put me in the crazy house. And talking to clothes? That is just plain scary. That woman obviously is OCD and has somehow found a way for others to pay her money because of it.

      • Eileen says:

        Yup, OCD behind a pretty face and quiet voice…thanking her socks for their service…. But she really lost me with her attitude toward paperwork and books! And her clothes folding method only works if you have dressers with shallow drawers.

    • jainegayer says:

      I want to know why you don’t like her. Maybe it’s the same reason I have.

    • Phyllis Kraemer says:

      I’m with you Jennie…I was very excited at the idea……I got as far as the “joy” bit. I feel joy in every thing I pick up….except the book…..do not like it at all…and yes I want to know why you feel the way you do!

    • Louise S. says:

      Nope, you ladies are not alone. Marie Kondo is welcome to her opinions, but I think she has some serious issues. I recently saw a book called, “the joy of leaving your sh*t all over the place” (The title is actually in lower case, like the author, Jennifer McCarthy, couldn’t be bothered hitting the shift key). The back side of the book begins with ‘to tidy is to die inside”. I was cracking up, standing there in the aisle looking at it. No, I didn’t buy it. And no, I don’t live in a pigsty. I’m quite happy with the way things are, even my t-shirts.

    • Melissa says:

      I also disliked Kondo’s book. It was her tone of “my way or the highway” that really did it for me.

      • Karen says:

        Today’s the day I read it so we’ll see what I think, lol. But I can understand why she would write it that way. Most people who really need the help of the book, those that are really unable to tidy or organize sometimes need to stick to a strict diet otherwise they’ll be coming up with all kinds of excuses as to why they just can’t do it this way or that, and it won’t be successful for them. I’ll do what I always do. I’ll take what seems like the best advice for me and leave the rest in the book. 😉 ~ karen!

        • Melissa says:

          Ok, I will say, I am not “tidy” and maybe there was a bit of foot-stompy “I won’t!” But still, I found the tone off-putting. I still haven’t tried the 2-second t-shirt folding thing yet!
          https://youtu.be/b5AWQ5aBjgE

        • Sue (one of several, no, not that one, one of the other ones...) says:

          I kind of agreed about some of her attitudes being…intense…at first. But the folding!
          I hope you got BOTH books. She gets less… extreme… in the second one, now that she’s really an adult with a husband and a regular life. Plus, lots more diagrams on folding stuff.

          And I think the joy thing and the thanking really helps with defusing the guilt aspect of keeping stuff you really don’t like/want but have felt obligated to keep around. It’s a mental game, naturallly, but finding a way to get past the guilt can be hugely helpful.

          Now I’m off to thank my 18yr old washer/dryer set and apologize for leaving them in the driveway overnight 😉

    • Anti Kate says:

      I’m also on the great ship “She’s A Little Nutty”. It can make some sense if one is an animist. (Which actually, I am, a bit.) But telling me how to roll my socks? Telling me to get rid of my *books*? There’s a certain first world elitism in there, that makes me worry about land fills, too.

      Summon the Nope-topus, that I might ride off into the sunset.

      Hurray for this woman, she has made her nutty work for her. However, I’ve got enough nutty of my own, I don’t need to add to it. (“Go peddle your crazy somewhere else, we’re all stocked up here.”) I still like FlyLady.net; even if her delivery is a little sugary, it’s free.

    • AliceM says:

      In an effort to not continue the clutter, I waited to borrow this book from our local library. 8 months. I couldn’t get past the lengthy, self-aggrandizing intro. I returned the book. Meh, not a fan.

  6. mel says:

    Her book is the bomb, but I’m not sure how you’ll reconcile her method with your four room plan. She is very clear that you will have the best success if you start with clothing and work through categories in her proscribed order. I belong to a KM discussion group on Facebook, and it is an amazingly kind, respectful, supportive bunch of people.

    I think part of the amazing thing about her method is that it seems to help people really get in touch with their actual priorities and what they value, instead of keeping things because they might need them someday, or guilt at the idea of getting rid of them.

    I just don’t have visual piles of to-do list crap around the house like I used to, and I’ve really pared down the aspirational clutter, as well. And the folding things? SOO satisfying.

    I look forward to hearing how you work through it or not. It seems kind of woo-woo but she’s onto something.

    • Karen says:

      I’m giving people the choice to do it 4 rooms or 4 categories in the course. I’m not quite as regimented in my advice as Marie apparently is, lol. You get to pick what you want to do. Either way you’re going to get rid of stuff and make your life more comfortable. ~ karen!

  7. tracie says:

    I NEED to get this book. And can a person jump in to one of your challenges at any time? As for the folding, which I’m hearing so much about, I did that to my pj drawer but I must be doing it wrong. If I take out a couple here or there before replacing them, they do kind of cave in on themselves.

    • Karen says:

      Yup. You just have to sign up. 🙂 Some people took all 3 challenges, some people are just signing up for this last one, 4 rooms in 4 weeks. ~ karen!

    • Andrea says:

      There are some video on YouTube which I found really helpful. I couldn’t figure out the folding until i watched those.

  8. Cynthia Jones says:

    What!

    You’re not even going to tell us how to fold the goddamm T-shirts like that?

    Do they all fall over when you pull one out?

    Does it work with pyjamas?

    • BethH says:

      (Snort…coffee out the nose) Cynthia, you can go on youtube, type in Marie Kondo and find her folding all kinds of things. Spoiler alert: the secret to making them stand up straight and not fall over is infusing them with positive energy before placing them in their spot.

      • Ronda says:

        or just slightly flattening the bottom when putting the t-shirt on the counter or drawer. looked like.

        • BethH says:

          Yeah, that too. The “infuse with positive energy” is more or less a quote from the video I watched. I thought Cynthia would enjoy it.

        • Cynthia Jones says:

          I will be infusing my brains with Youtube all over the place this afternoon. Thank you Ronda.

          It will sure beat watching The Pimple doctor (yes, I do, with shame) and creepy 911 calls.

          Live will be complete with perfectly folded pyjamas. I hang my t-shirts….in colour blocks.

  9. MrsChris SA says:

    Mmmmm
    I may have to get the book.
    Except my tees are not in drawers
    But then again, I can get baskets to put in the shelves to put the tees into………………………
    Have a great weekend!

  10. Carol says:

    Whoopie! I bought this book in March to read on the plane to Dallas. Gonna get organized now!! ha ha Only read the first chapter, thought this is wacko, I can do it on my own since I am an organized person & I know how to declutter; but I’ll admit someone could get lost in my closet & never find their way out again. The book is probably hiding in there also. You jogged my memory – I’ll have to find it. I promise I’ll do better this time – I’ll actually read the book & give the plan a try. Cheers!

  11. Kat says:

    I admit it I thought it sounded pretty dopey. But I couldn’t resist as my drawers are horrid. I zipped right over to you tube. Watched a couple of videos and went straight to the bedroom and pulled out the bottom 2 drawers. The jean drawers. Hate them!
    Refolded them and from one drawer that held 6 pairs of jeans now holds 11 pairs. 9 at the front and 2 pairs at the back that I don’t wear as often. I now have an empty drawer on the very bottom. I had to recount them three times as I couldn’t believe it! Not sure how well it will hold up when I start taking random jeans out from the middle but I sure like how it looks at the moment. Thinking about it will I type this I can just shove them over to the left as I pull a pair out and put them back in on the right side of the drawer! Friggin’ BRILLIANT!

  12. Isabella says:

    Yep, ms Kondos is a little over the top but you CAN glean the good stuff from the wacky. I do believe she is on to something though when she reminded me that one or two pens/ pencils are necessary but over fifty? Probably not. I did get rid of a lot. But my socks have no “feelings” I’m sure. And folding cuff s over does not make them feel bad. I continue pairing my socks and they’re doing fine or at least the humming from their drawer leads me to believe they are. Folding tee shirts her way was the best advise in the book.not quite life changing but definitely a great idea. Wish I’d known that trick when I had a house full of kids. But Karen, I know you won’t go overboard. Please.

  13. Sera says:

    Except sometimes the socks *do* have feelings! Like the knee length striped smart wool ones that have worn thin but the stripes! Anyway. Yes. Love her. Because if it doesn’t spark joy or worse if it does spark guilt? I love that I finally have permission to toss things. I come from a family of hoarders. Her ideas have helped immensely. No, I haven’t had a chance to do it all. Like I said above, I have a toddler. But, I have gotten rid of easily 2 full garbage bags full of clothes that, I’m just done with now. I have a lot more to get rid of, but I was holding onto a few things just to see what I could fit into after the baby-weight change business. Stuff certainly moved around, but I’m glad I kept some of the things and now it’s easier to toss the other things. Anyway. I’ll see what I can do about your challenge. But, toddler. I have goals, but…

  14. Susan says:

    I “kondo’d” my house in March, 2015 and though it’s an exhausting emotional roller coaster ride to do it all at once (especially going through the sentimental stuff), I’m glad I did it that way as I’m a procrastinator. Sera is right – she gives you permission to discard things. I went from 5 boxes of paperwork down to 1/2 a box and haven’t missed a thing. 1 1/2 years later, my drawers still look great and it’s so much easier to keep my house clean.

  15. Cynthia says:

    Hi Karen! LOVE your site and posts. This is my first post on your blog. I just bought a house last night. SO… Perfect timing on the organizational thing. I also went to the library yesterday afternoon and checked out Spark Joy. Is this a coincidence or what? (I would say a God Thing). So, definitely I am signed up to downsize. Count me in. In fact, I am going to jump into this project. I want to get things going because closing is August 29th. Yes, that’s THIS YEAR in actually ONE MONTH. Note to self: no pressure or anything. Ready. Set. Let’s go!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Well it’s perfect timing then. 🙂 That’s one QUICK closing! You’d better get started. ~ karen!

      • Cynthia says:

        Thank you for responding Karen. I bought an arc customizable notebook system full of pretty colored binders and folders, … Just put it together…evenly space and all. I wish I could share a photo of it. My first page says: It always seems IMPOSSIBLE until it is DONE. I am serious about this organization de cluttering thing. The folder is going to hold house info, projects, expenses & rcpts, ideas, you name it. My goal is to spark joy for myself. And whatnot.
        ~ cynthia

        • Lynn says:

          CONGRATS! Have fun with your new house! You can color the walls any color, take out walls if you want. Now you have a house ANYTHING (including decluttering) can happen!

  16. Jacquie says:

    I don’t keep much clutter as I live in a one bedroomed apartment but I do tend to thank inanimate objects! For example, every time I get in or out of my car (if I’m alone!) I thank it for being reliable and tell it how much I appreciate it. I just think it reminds you to be thankful for what you have and shows God/Universe (any higher power if you believe in that) that you appreciate what you have and therefore should you be blessed with more or better in your life, in any aspects, that you would treat it well and be grateful. Oh lord, I sound like a nutter! 🙂

    • Clare Hollingsworth says:

      Jacquie, I do the same. I think gratitude is the secret to being happy. And Karen, I am so going to make a start on this when I get home from work tonight! Thank you for being such a positive influence in my life! 🙂

      • Jacquie says:

        I agree. Many people think that if you’re content in your current life, it means that you’ve settled and don’t want anything more; I think the word content gets misused/misunderstood 🙂

  17. Thandi says:

    Her Royal Highness Queen Kondo is definitely going to be too woowoo for some people. But some of us, while me might be very sensible in other parts of our lives, need a bit of the Konmari weird. To be given “permission” to get rid of things has given me a freedom I didn’t know I needed. I have a psychological connection to the things I hoard, but the connection is often misplaced and provides me with few real opportunities to feel the joy. So skip the woowoo if you need to, but don’t write it off altogether. Or you can use her method variation my mum came up with “Hello nice thing I actually have no need of anymore. The person who gave this to me is so lovely and I should send them a note. NOW GET THE F*** OUT OF MY HOUSE”. My mum really knows how to see into the core of an issue. She’s such a lady 🙂

  18. I love the way your t-shirt drawer looks. Must try this (though first must get some drawers…hmmm.)

  19. Lorraine says:

    Last night i read the first chapter of ‘The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for mind, body, spirit, space’ and when i saw your post thought you must have too!! I think that all feng shui is based on the de-clutter your life principles, up to the individual how far they take it… Isabellas humming socks made me laugh! happy uncluttered weekend everyone 🙂

  20. Sylvia Estey says:

    Hey Karen, a couple of quick questions. 1. Rooms done in order LR Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom? The reason I ask is I’m away in the US Aug 19-29 and bedroom/bathroom are uber important and I don’t want to miss them. 2. Date of webinar? Any ideas?

    • Karen says:

      Those are my rooms Sylvia. You can pick any 4 rooms you want to do. Or as I said, in one of the comments I think .. any 4 categories. ~ karen!

  21. KariMcD says:

    Ok. Bought the book. READ the book. Started with DH’s stuff because he uses drawers more than I do. Happy to say his socks and undershirts are still organized her way after three months. Then I did my socks, bras and undies. (I hate wearing all three of those items, BTW) socks still good, but bras and undies…ugh. They looked so pretty the first week…then slowly reassumed their jumble of crappiness. I just don’t think that it’s practical to have my nether garments folded and sorted by color and type. (HellO cotton Hanes granny panties)

    BUT, the book did make me ponder the stuff in my closet I’ve hung on to because it was expensive, not worn yet, one size too small because I’m going to lose ten pounds, and I have slowly begun purging.

    This process is not for a lazy weekend afternoon. It’s intense, and it’s immediate-all or nothing. But by doing it her way, you actually see results,.,like big results. But you have to commit. I hate committing,

    My house is actually pretty organized but I know there’s always room for improvement. Like why do I have 13 birthday candles that don’t match each other, 500 half used pencils with no erasers and let’s not even start about the sheet situation.

    I’m part of the August challenge, and I’m going to TRY to do this the right way. Will be interesting to see how the ol’ Casa looks on September 1st.

    • Karen says:

      There’s no right way as far as I’m concerned KariMcD. 🙂 If you get rid of some useless stuff you’ll feel lighter. Plus you’ll create room to store other stuff. My house is pretty organized right now too but the cupboards feel too full, I’m definitely holding onto too many magazines, etc. So, as long as you do SOMETHING you’re gonna be in a better place on August 31 than you were on August 1st. 🙂 ~ karen!

  22. Brita says:

    I don’t have enough tee shirts or an appropriate drawer, but I did figure out why my socks live so long.
    The most helpful thing about her book is it explains some of the psychological reasons for my holding on to clutter. Guilt. Guilt for the money I “wasted”. Guilt for the bad decision. Guilt for not finishing projects. Sadness for unfulfilled dreams.
    The book gave me the self-awareness to break through a de-cluttering wall I had hit.

  23. Thera says:

    I haven’t read Kondi’s book as of yet, but I am already a minimalist, so I will get to it someday and I am sure it will be a great book for decluttering and letting go.
    However, for Sam and all that stuff in your head, you may want to consider Morning Pages, a thing developed by Julia Cameron.
    http://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/

  24. Bought the book, read the book, hated the book. It doesn’t work for me. I’m a collector. And that is a problem if you want to be that tidy everywhere. I downsized a few years back and gave away, sold, tossed a lot of stuff. I still have too much, but that is who I am. It makes me way more interesting! But for some real fascinating reading, take a look at this article from the NY times last week!!!!!!!!

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/24/arts/design/the-keeper-collectors-reader-submissions.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdesign&action=click&contentCollection=design&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

    • jainegayer says:

      I have too much as well. I read the article in the NY times. I feel better about my collections of monogramed linen towels, old sterling utensils and vintage nightgowns. I use all my stuff and feel like I am their keeper. Just who I am and Marie can’t change me.

      • Karen says:

        I haven’t read the book so I can’t really say, but I don’t think she thinks you should have nothing around does she? I am a BIG proponent of using the stuff you have though. I don’t like having a lot of stuff that doesn’t have a purpose. If you have antique cutlery USE it, vintage nightgown, USE it … that’s what makes me happy. 🙂 Using stuff. But I can’t wait to go through my dining room closet which I just purged a couple of years ago because I know there’s already cords and technology in there (Flip Camera anyone) that’s already outdated and just waiting to be pitched. ~ karen!

        • jainegayer says:

          I must admit I do roll (not fold) all my T-shirts and yoga tights now. Marie did inspire me to be more tidy in my closet.

  25. Oh, and here is the link to the original museum show that inspired the NY Times to do their own story.

    http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/the-keeper

  26. I thought I was a fairly organized person… until I read her book… We just recently downsized from a very large home, to a place a 1/3 of the size… So some de-cluttering was definitely in order. I found it extremely freeing. I’m still getting rid of things… But beware! In the initial frenzy and joy of purging, you sometimes get rid of things that you shouldn’t have…. I was recently in the closet of a friend of mine and spotted a great skirt I had given her – and I wanted it back! But tons and tons of stuff (including furniture, linens, household items that were hiding in my kitchen & pantry) went to charity to help those less fortunate.

    Good luck with the Kondo method!

  27. Mary W says:

    Boy, Karen – did you ever open a drawer of undies! (can of worms) I think it would be fun to live in a clean, sparse room. Just like a hotel room. But I just can’t bear to think about living in it for more than a week – it would drive me bonkers – nothing to see, do, tidy, or feel like my own feathered nest. (My bird is currently in molt.) I buy beautiful magazines when I want to experience that but then I get back to my own, cluttered, comfy, amazingly fun home. The grands bring over every piece of art they make and I proudly display it on my fridge, mantel, window, etc. It’s a true clutter dream home. And I’m truly happy playing in it with my art supplies and grands. I buy all one color/style sock and throw them in the drawer when I finish laundry so I can hurry back to having fun – retired and loving it. I owned 8 same color/style T’s and did the same. Cleaned out all my work clothes and have one outfit for funerals and weddings – the rest is T’s and jeans and shorts. Can’t express how happy I am. Especially now that the darn sticker is off the floor. Thanks for your June class – changed me for sure and I know your other classes will benefit those that join your fun.

    • Gretchen Sexton says:

      I look forward to having a wardrobe just like you. What a great idea!

    • Karen says:

      I did, didn’t I, lol. I don’t see Kondoing your home as having to make it sparse. I love having objects I love around and lean more towards clutter in terms of decorating than minimalist. I like minimalist clutter, lol. It’s all about what’s right for you and makes you feel good or better. I love hotel rooms too (the nice ones) but I don’t want to live in one either. 🙂 ~ karen!

  28. Sharron Wall says:

    I have Kondo’d five drawers and I appreciate seeing everything in order so I have up front choices. I used to hate the day the blue underwear made it to the top of the pile, now I just thank it for being there in case I don’t get laundry done. Looking forward to the 4 rooms in 4 weeks.

  29. Gretchen Sexton says:

    OMG!
    I am so pleased with myself. Why? BECAUSE I ALREADY FOLD MY TSHIRTS LIKE THIS!
    Yes.
    I started a number of years ago. Of course, they are JAMMED tightly because I have too many.
    So.
    I will get rid of some of those bad boys.
    The thought of simplifying and organizing is a generally overwhelming–even if the result is heavenly.
    You. Are. An. Inspiration.
    Thankyou.

  30. AngieC says:

    My t-shirts all hang in the closet, I have like 10 pairs of pants total, and I know how to get rid of crap. My mom is very nearly a hoarder but, thank goodness, I inherited my dad’s ability to both pack and get rid of shit. That’s what I’m doing on Sunday and maybe part of Monday. I feel no guilt in getting rid of stuff, even gifts.

    I am, however, messy.

  31. Sheila Turchyn says:

    Hi Karen!
    I have read many de-cluttering books, including Spark Joy, and find something useful in all of them. I’m a serial clutterer (as well as a cereal clutterer ) and need constant reminders. I chalk it up to being creative. We see things differently. At least that’s my excuse! I love the folding method as well and people laugh when they look in my tea towel drawer….it’s so perfect! I will look forward to seeing your challenge, although I’m away for 2 weeks in August. Keep up the good work!
    Sheila

  32. Noelle says:

    I hate that f***ing book. Who the hell has time to actually do this? Organize? I can barely feed myself. Does she offer an overhaul service?
    😉

  33. Marilyn meagher says:

    Hahahaha. Noelle. Lmao. I thought you were going to show me how to fold them. I will try to figure it out.

  34. Mia says:

    The first time I folded Tshirts ala Kondo was for packing a suitcase. What a difference! More room, easier to find. Drawers at home are narrow, so I line them up from side-to-side, not front-to-back, if that helps anyone. That’s all the KonMari I’ve adopted.

  35. Eileen says:

    I have both books, so I guess I’m cluttering up some more and I’ve barely started. Oh, well. People opposed to this method are missing the point. It’s not about throwing everything away. It’s about identifying exactly what gives you joy and eliminating the excess; then giving those treasures a home and a place of honor. Thanking inanimate objects is just a way of raising your consciousness to a point that you don’t take your daily life objects for granted and living more in the now and appreciating what you have in your life. Some people see her as obsessed; I see it more kindly as a passion. She certainly isn’t harming anyone and she’s suggesting a more focused, neater world. Not so bad.

  36. Jane S says:

    I just watched Marie Kondo’s folding video. Just watching made me twitchy. Thank god my t-shirts are on hangers. Much as I need to de clutter, she is not for me.

  37. Wendy W says:

    I too heard of this book, but didn’t buy it. You see, I have a husband, 2 teenagers AND a puppy. Everytime I get things organized, I look up and it’s a mess again. So would this book add to my craziness? I trust your judgement. Please review as soon as you can so I know if this will work with my messy family! Oh and they would never READ this book, NEVER!

  38. whitequeen96 says:

    You’d all be jealous if you saw how much space I have in my closet! I have my own method; almost nothing actually makes it *into* the closet. I hang all my pants on the back of the chair in my dressing room. Sometimes it gets too heavy and might tip backwards, but I solve that by stacking my folded t-shirts and sweaters on the seat. I also keep the 3 pairs of shoes I actually wear lined up on the floor in front of the chair. That way I can see everything at once. Problem solved! 🙂

    I have a similar method with my magazines and books, which I keep spread out on the floor around my bed. Maybe I should write a book!

  39. Miz B says:

    Fly lady.net has helped me declutter in a helpful way. She does promote her products, her purple “rags” are the bomb!! But each day she sends encouraging e-mails. On her website, go to getting started. “You are not behind! I don’t want you to try to catch up;
    I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?” a quote she quotes EACH day!! AWESOME site!

  40. Ev Wilcox says:

    I have had the book for quite awhile but have not read it, though know about some of her theories. I have no prob with mentally thanking ones discards for their service. From all the comments, I will be getting the “Unstuff” book very soon. As far as thanking inanimate items-we have lived on a “rougher edge” in the past, and I am grateful when the potty flushes correctly, and we still have water in spite of NO F’IN Rain! Once you live with water “situations” you become more appreciative! And this old body gets frequent thanks too-still crazy after all these years! So happy downsizing/organizing to all of us, especially our dear inciter, er, leader!

  41. Marion says:

    I konmaried my clothes/shoes/accessories and my books over a year ago. I ended up with three empty drawers in my dresser. THREE! It felt so liberating to get rid of all of that stuff. While I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to the rest of the house, reading the book does make you think about all the stuff that accumulates and the reasons to keep them or not.

  42. Mindy says:

    Read it in a few hours. Went crazy the following day. Purged SO MUCH SHIT. Felt great. I, too, converted to her folding method. I kinda love it.

  43. Cynthia Wehrwein says:

    Is that t-shirt drawer for real?

    • Karen says:

      Yep. It’s my t-shirt drawer. And it doesn’t take any more time or energy to get it like that than regular folding plus the drawer never gets to be a mess. Ever. It’s been like that for months now. Ditto for the tea towel drawer and my jeans drawer. ~ karen!

      • Cynthia Wehrwein says:

        I downloaded the video that shows how to do it. I am impressed. I was for sure it was Martha’s drawer. Yes, and now excuse me because the dryer just went off!!

      • Jan says:

        HATE folding clothes! All shirts and pants hang. Life is great.

  44. Teresa says:

    PLEEEEESE make short video of folding the t-shits ( I mean, shirts)

  45. KimS says:

    Workflowy.com
    Changed my life.

  46. Kat says:

    I know I wrote further up in the comments about doing my jean drawer and was pretty astounded with the outcome. This morning I decided to give the other drawers a try. The sock and underwear drawer was easy peasy. The P.J. drawer was slightly challenging but I must admit once you get a hang of this way of folding it just makes sense and not at all difficult. What I have noticed is if I take something out I will push the remaining stuff towards the back. Thus eliminating having to try and put things back in that same spot. So if I see something at the back for a long time that means I haven’t wore it and I can get rid of it. My dresser drawers were a nightmare and really depressing and I was even thinking of buying a new set. I see now it wasn’t the dresser that was the problem, it was how I put things away. Thank you Karen!

  47. Irene says:

    I went and googled her, of course, and came across this, that I quite enjoyed reading. 🙂
    http://www.gq.com/story/marie-kondo-purge-diary

  48. maggie aikens says:

    I konmaried my house a year ago! At first I thought the method a bit whack a doodle but I figured what the heck. I did stop thanking my clothes after a while because they started responding with a “You’re welcome” and I didn’t want a long drawn out conversation. 😉Bottom line. It worked well for me. My DF passed away and I moved DM to a nursing home and had to empty their house. Did it the same way. A year later I am still using only stuff I love and have no regrets, but it IS whackadoodle. And yes Karen I use the antique silverware and have my morning juice in a cut crystal glass. 😊 The only way to live.

  49. Jennie Lee says:

    Okay, some folks wanted more details on why I disliked Kondo’s book. She spends too much time telling us all about her life. She says to throw your paperwork away. (I don’t think the IRS will be placated when you tell them you were just doing what Kondo told you.) She suggested doing some rather sneaky things behind the backs of your family members. Like I said before, one reason I was not impressed by her book was because I’d read Andrew J. Mellen’s book first, and found it so useful. He covers every aspect of de-cluttering that she does (other than thanking your possessions), and in more detail, and covers some things she does not cover at all. And his book is more aligned with the western lifestyle. And the last I checked, his book was available cheaper than hers. And it’s twice as big. It just frustrates me when something gets popular because it got publicized, and everyone raves about it, when there is something better available that no one’s heard of. And if you try to tell people about the little-known thing you think is better, they attack you as if you’ve just said their baby is ugly. Sigh.

  50. Jan says:

    I am NOT drinking her Kool Aid!
    Many many things spark joy for me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Optionally add an image (JPEG only)

  • About Karen

  • My Latest Videos

  • 1 tool

The Art of Doing Stuff