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If you're single, or a couple with a small pet in a tiny apartment it may work. But if you're a large family in a larger space you'll have to pick and choose what works otherwise outsource some of the work.
Takumi Kawahara and Marie Kondo, a couple from Japan, are co-founders of KonMari Media. They have a bestseller (authored by Kondo) about decluttering and cleaning your world, and also a highly popular Netflix series of the same topic: Decluttering and Cleaning.
The Netflix Show ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ is the most-watched non-fiction show on the platform. She is now at par with Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as a goddess of wellness and domesticity.
She has an e-commerce website, blog, newsletter, and does consultation work in over 40 countries through her personally created brand.
Marie Kondo’s decluttering philosophy, which became a rage, invited critics to label her as someone who has an anti-capitalist agenda that can cripple the economy.
She was also labeled as someone who only appeals to the rich. This unwanted attention resulted in even more business opportunities.
The commitment and pure dedication of Marie Kondo are evident in her body language and facial expressions and is a huge driver of the appeal of the Netflix show.
Kondo’s decluttering techniques are highly sought after, resulting in unprecedented growth and demand, including items for sale that ‘spark joy’, available on her online store.
Along with the of conquering the corporate world, Kondo is also focussing on kids, by providing educational material, flashcards and even a picture book aimed at educating kids to sort and declutter. By introducing these habits early in children’s lives, kids will avoid the problem altogether.
Marie Kondo, the author, recommends that you start by discarding and only then thoroughly organize your space in one go.
Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.
Organizing all your junk better does not equal getting rid of clutter. And unfortunately most people leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter.
For example, set goals like “clothes today, books tomorrow.”
We often store the same type of item in more than one place and when we tidy each place separately, we fail to see that we’re repeating the same work in many locations.
If people's physical lives were anywhere near as cluttered as their digital lives, their kitchen sinks would be full of dishes, their closets would be jammed, and their houses would be in chaos.
But our digital lives are limited to our devices, so we don't notice how messy they are. Our news feeds are filled with updates we don't care about. We're subscribed to 100 podcasts but listen to only a few.
We can reclaim our time and our attention. Unlike a physical space, we can wipe the slate clean in our digital environment.
If you clear apps from your phone, nothing will happen. You can always reinstall the ones you use.
To find out what to keep, determine how much value something is adding to your life.
Decide which are "optional" that you can take a break from for thirty days. As a rule, consider the technology optional unless its temporary removal would harm your life.
If you want to reduce the impact of distractions, design an environment conducive to that. Willpower doesn't work. Checking email or Facebook is an impulse, not a choice.
Every app you use, social network you join, link you click, blog you read, podcast you consume impacts your mindset and thinking.
If the answer is no, don't allow it into your world.
Most people do not consume content deliberately. They just click on whatever moves through their feed.
Deliberate consumption means you consume what you decide on beforehand. If you consume less and are intentional about it, you'll get more out of the content you consume.