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Kondoing this and kondoing that - thread 4 for Marie Kondo's lifechanging magic with tidying. All welcome!

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TheSporkforeatingkyriarchy Tue 23-Dec-14 18:09:55

Here's thread 4 for all the KonMario converts, wannabes, and guests to the magic!

Thread 3

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FriedFishAndBread Tue 23-Dec-14 18:15:01

I'm marking my place, cannot wait for xmas to be over and the boxes put away.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Tue 23-Dec-14 18:18:54


TheSporkforeatingkyriarchy Tue 23-Dec-14 18:20:49

Thread 2

Thread 1

The Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, Cathy Hirano

Article of top tips by Marie Kondo

And BeCool's copy of Coughles list of ORDER from Thread 2 for everyone:


Skincare products
Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc.)
Electrical equipment and appliances (digital cameras, electric cords, anything that seems vaguely ‘electric’)
Household equipment (stationery and writing materials, sewing kits, etc.)
Household supplies (expendables like medicine, detergents, tissues, etc.)
Kitchen goods/ food supplies
Other (If you have many items related to a particular interest or hobby, such as ski equipment, then treat these as a single subcategory.)

KonMari stresses that sentimental items should be left till the end. So for example, when you are doing papers, don't include photos of your children, love letters, old school reports etc, leave anything with a sentimental connection for later."

All organized for everyone's usage, can't get it vertical or folded for the threads wink but everyone can put them in their important personal space.

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Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 23-Dec-14 18:21:30

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ItIsntJustAPhase Tue 23-Dec-14 18:34:02

Thanks so much. Am Considering skipping books for now <sacrilege> as it is so hard for us. They are like sentimental items plus we have probably 2000 so getting them all into a pile in the front room would stop our daily life. So. Will tackle it in order of ease, I think.

Pointlessfan Tue 23-Dec-14 18:34:49

Marking place on the new thread and looking forward to a tidier, calmer 2015 fsmile

NeverFreezeTurkeys Tue 23-Dec-14 18:38:17

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Stuffofawesome Tue 23-Dec-14 18:40:57

Will be back clearing out christmas crap in jan. Relatives have not taken on board my exhortation that less is more. Did get rid of doll's house today though

Blondebiker4685 Tue 23-Dec-14 18:49:34

Great links!

didireallysaythat Tue 23-Dec-14 18:52:16

Thanks for the list above - helping me refocus.

Hubb Tue 23-Dec-14 19:05:51

Small achievement of today, finally hand washed a dress that has been hanging around the bathroom for about 4 months blush

Did get much else prep didn't happen as I have everything except the first item I onion!

Absolutely agree that once you have done an area it STAYS tidy...

Thanks for new thread :D

MILLYmo0se Tue 23-Dec-14 19:06:53

Got rid of all my crappy hangers today, replaced with my Amazon order of 50 JML black slim velvet hangers for £17 smile . Even more room in wardrobe now and looks super-lovely !

BriarRainbowshimmer Tue 23-Dec-14 19:07:08

There is sequel to her first book with illustrations!
I want to know how to give my bras the VIP treatment.
And also a third book, according to Our Leader's blog.

Hopefully these will be translated into English too!

NotCitrus Tue 23-Dec-14 19:16:30

Hello again - I've been off the wagon for the last couple months being ill and doing the minimal amounts of housework, and of course storing Christmas presents.

On the plus side, almost all presents this year are to replace worn out items (bedding, shirts, shaving mirror, earrings, scooter for ds) so I live in hope that once out of my room, some order can be achieved. It has become clear that some new furniture is required to use space better, plus getting rid of old furniture.

My plan when I last posted was to stack some boxes of komono in the loft lags labelled "blah belonging to MrNC that NC thinks should be chucked." I hope to achieve this now I have time off...

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 23-Dec-14 19:29:05

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BriarRainbowshimmer Tue 23-Dec-14 19:46:28

I've found the cat-category to be the easiest thing to declutter.
The automatically fold themselves into boxes fgrin

NeverFreezeTurkeys Tue 23-Dec-14 19:49:23

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APlaceOnTheCouch Tue 23-Dec-14 19:53:51

TheSpork I love the post with all the links - you are a star [Christmas star smiley if there was one!] grin

I was filled with enthusiasm when I discovered the last thread but had forgotten I had guests coming so have completed precisely zero (except for delivering out the Christmas pressies). However, inspired by all your wonderful updates and the amazing sock folding video (I could watch that all day - it was strangely mesmirising!) I'm off to tackle DS' wardrobe. I may be gone some time . . .

Starface Tue 23-Dec-14 19:56:36

Thanks for helpful list.

My fave tips from previous threads:

MK doesn't accommodate children or their belongings in her book. But MN can fill the void!

Trofast excellent toy storage. Toy rotation is key. Take photos of fave toys, or even better, fave toys being played with, then no need to keep toys. Ditto fave clothes. They can then be treasured memories whilst also bringing joy to others whilst no longer in active use.

MK on youtube

[ Folding video]]

Buy the book. This thread is marvellous motivation but nothing beats MK herself for getting into the mindset. If tidying is 90% in the mind, she can help with all those thoughts that get in the way.

There were some other tips for virtual tidying that I haven't tried yet. Unroll me (?) for email unsubscribing.

What are other folks favourite tips?

Starface Tue 23-Dec-14 19:58:47


Folding video

ALittleFaith Tue 23-Dec-14 19:59:35

Marking my spot!

writingbeagle Tue 23-Dec-14 20:03:50

Hello, marking place.

Slowed down due to Xmas, but am going to do handbags tonight. Also finished the book this afternoon. Definitely feel inspired and hope that at least we keep additional clutter down over Christmas so I can keep going once guests have gone.

One question. Book says one area per person for all your stuff. Is that really feasible for a family. Eg, cook books in kitchen, reference books in study by desk. Does it make sense to put in one place? And does it make sense to clear all books from my lovely teak bookcase? What would I put on it instead? That bit confuses me.

Pointlessfan Tue 23-Dec-14 20:05:29

Love the cats, briar!
Finally got round to folding carrier bags, DH is amazed that they now fit in a box in a cupboard!

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