7 Marie Kondo Tips to Joyfully Declutter Your Home

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Does it spark joy? If your answer is ‘no,’ then follow these Marie Kondo tips to stay organized this 2020.

Let’s admit it. We are either hoarders or just really messy. I bet you have that hideous junk drawer full of stuff you need to throw out, but you can’t because you might need it someday or whenever that day is. Or you might be one of those people who puts their clothes on a chair instead of folding it. Worst, you might be that person who can’t open her closet because everything will literally fall, and yet you keep saying you have nothing to wear.

Tidying up your home seems like a big and tedious task, but not for Marie Kondo. Yes, I guess you heard her name, watched her Netflix show: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, or read her bestselling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Everybody knows who Marie Kondo is. Her revolutionary idea to organize your home category-by-category instead of room-by-room was so effective that it transformed the lives of her clients for good. Her KonMari method made us doubt all the decluttering lessons we learned.

Marie Kondo is famous for her line, “Does it spark joy?” whenever she cleans up a space. Her method of thanking an object for its service and displaying your most joy-giving belongings made us realize the value of the objects in our homes. Her Marie Kondo tips motivated and inspired people to clean their homes and to live an organized life surrounded by things that only sparks joy.

What is the KonMari Method?

Marie Kondo’s tidying is always associated with minimalism, but KonMari is not minimalism. It was never about minimalism. The KonMari method is focused on choosing what you want to keep in your life. She encourages living with items you truly cherish and love. Here are eight Marie Kondo tips to get started:

  1. Tidy all in one go.
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
  3. Identify the reason behind your ideal lifestyle.
  4. Ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?” If your answer is no, then let go of the item with gratitude.
  5. Tidy by categories, not rooms.
  6. Follow the right order: clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous), sentimental.
  7. Organize your space thoroughly and completely.

Tidy All in One Go

First on our list of Marie Kondo tips is to do it all at once. Yes, we are aware that it’s a huge and difficult task to clean and organize your home. However, just to be safe, we’re also not saying you should tidy up your place in 24 hours. That would be insane! Create a timeline on the start and end date for decluttering your home.

For example, it could be a week or a month dedicated to just cleaning and organizing everything in your home. The reason behind this tip is tidying a bit at a time never works. Trust us, things will get messy again quickly. You’ll either have to tidy up again, or you’ll simply give up on decluttering your place. So, tidy your home in one go. You got this!


Imagine Your Ideal Lifestyle

Marie Kondo advised imagining your ideal lifestyle. But what does it really mean? Simple, to tidy up in a way that will spark joy in your life and change it forever. You can draw it, write it, create a collage, do whatever method that will able you to express your ideal lifestyle. This is important because it clarifies the reason why you want to tidy up your home. There’s a much bigger and deeper purpose for decluttering. You’re actually envisioning your best life. Isn’t that exciting?


Identify the Reason Behind Your Ideal Lifestyle

Next on our Marie Kondo tips is to identify the reason for your ideal lifestyle. According to Dr. Christian Northup M.D., once you have imagined your ideal lifestyle, ask yourself, “Why?” For example, “Why do you want to live a clutter-free life?” If your answer is to increase your productivity, ask yourself, “Why do I want to be more productive?” “Does it bring me joy?” When you find the answer to why you want to be tidy, you are ready to move forward.


Does It Spark Joy?” If Your Answer is No, Then Let Go of the Item With Gratitude

This is a famous line by Marie Kondo. It would be awkward at first to ask yourself if each item in your home sparks joy, but you’ll get the hang of it. Determine if each item “sparks joy” by touching every item, so that your body can react. “You let your BODY and emotions tell you. It’s a “felt” physical sense.” says Dr. Northup. If yes, then it stays. If it does not spark joy, then thank the object for its service, then let it go.

Another thing that I need to add on our list of Marie Kondo tips is nostalgia is not your friend, or else you’ll still keep your sweater vests, or you won’t let go of your cropped bolero. Serious mistake (plus, it’s a fashion crime). If it’s important, then it stays. However, it’s best if you focus only on the category of stuff at hand. Keep the things that you cherish to achieve your ideal lifestyle.


Tidy by Categories, Not Rooms

This is the revolutionary idea of Marie Kondo. Normally, we would declutter by room. However, Marie Kondo advised that it’s much more effective to declutter by category. For example, start with your clothes, since it’s the item you’re least emotionally attached to. If you plan to organize your clothes, then you must get all the clothes out of every closet and drawer in your room. Don’t forget to ask yourself if that pair of fuzzy pajamas sparks joy. If it does, fold it the Marie Kondo way, which is arranged vertically so that you can see everything easily. Trust us, this frees up an enormous amount of closet space.

One Kings Lane created a guide on how to fold your clothes properly using Marie Kondo’s folding technique.

Also, Marie Kondo suggests using shoeboxes as drawer dividers, just like the video example below.


Follow the Right Order

Next on our Marie Kondo tips, when you’re tidying up your home, follow the KonMari method by Sloww for efficient cleaning:

KonMari Method Step #1: Discarding by category comes first.

  • Categories (in order): clothes first, then books, papers, komono, and lastly, mementos.

KonMari Method Step #2: Break a category into subcategories as necessary.


  • Tops (shirts, sweaters, etc.)
  • Bottoms (pants, skirts, etc.)
  • Clothes that should be hung (jackets, coats, suits, etc.)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Bags (handbags, messenger bags, etc.)
  • Accessories (scarves, belts, hats, etc.)
  • Clothes for specific events (swimsuits, uniforms, etc.)
  • Shoes


  • General (books you read for joy)
  • Practical (books like reference, cookbooks, etc.)
  • Visual (books like photography, etc.)
  • Magazines


  • General paperwork
  • Bank statements
  • Warranties
  • Takeaway menus
  • Magazine clippings
  • Payslips
  • Etc.

Miscellaneous items (Komono):

  • CDs and DVDs
  • Skincare products
  • Makeup
  • Accessories
  • Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc.)
  • Electrical equipment and appliances (cameras, electrical cords, etc.)
  • Household equipment (stationery, sewing kit, etc.)
  • Household supplies (medicine, detergent, tissues, etc.)
  • Kitchen good/food supplies
  • Hobby related items
  • Etc.


  • Diaries
  • Old cards and photos
  • Old letters

Organize Your Space Thoroughly and Completely

Discard everything first before you move forward. Put the items you love on display. Somewhere you can see and reach. Following these Marie Kondo tips can make your cleaning so much easier. Yes, you still have to tidy now and then, but it’s not as extreme as the first time you decluttered your home.

We know that you might have doubts about our Marie Kondo tips. You might think that what will you be left with? Will you have anything to wear to work? How much do you need to sacrifice, all for the sake of decluttering? Will you regret it by the end of the day? These thoughts will run in your head throughout the process. However, have you asked yourself if you’re simply hoarding stuff you don’t need?

Dr. Northup created 9 ways to tell if you have a hoarding disorder:

  1. You feel that you need more space: You have a build-up of clutter to the point that much of your space has become unusable for its intended purpose.
  2. You collect things you don’t need: You are constantly acquiring things for which you have no immediate use. This is usually the first sign of a hoarding disorder. It may begin as early as the teenage years.
  3. You have difficulty organizing: Hoarders often don’t have the ability to organize, categorize, and make other decisions involved with decluttering even a small space. If you are a hoarder, you may even lose things in the clutter, and still not be able to sort through. This is usually coupled with an inability to discard items you aren’t using or enjoying.
  4. Your relationships aren’t working: Hoarding is a private behavior. Many hoarders live in isolation because their possessions can cause feelings of shame. And, often hoarders don’t want others touching their belongings. Hoarders may try to hide their clutter by shutting off areas of their house, or keeping people out of their homes completely.
  5. You can’t pay your bills: Hoarders often don’t pay their bills. This is usually not due to lack of money, though hoarding can drain your bank account. Often, it has more to do with not being able to locate your bills and keep track of what you owe due to clutter.
  6. You don’t maintain your home: Hoarders are uncomfortable with people entering their homes, they often do not take care of normal repairs and maintenance such as leaky faucets or roofs, broken toilets, permanently stuck windows, and more. When hoarding becomes extreme, items may pile up to where you have blocked doors and windows, posing serious safety and fire hazards.
  7. You’re suffering from preventable health issues: Hoarding can also lead to respiratory issues. For example, dust, ammonia from decaying garbage, and mildew from food that has turned bad can contribute to allergies, asthma and other severe respiratory problems.
  8. You’re unable to care for dependents: Improper care of dependents, including children, elderly adults and pets due to hoarding behavior may put you at risk for legal recourse.
  9. You have other problems in daily life: Hoarders may suffer from loneliness and even mental disorders, including depression. They often perform poorly at work and may have legal troubles.

That’s a wrap for our Marie Kondo tips. The KonMari Method is an effective way to clean and organize your home. Also, it makes you live a better life because decision-making gets a lot easier. You understand your value, and you only accept and keep things that spark joy. Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s blog. Happy decorating!

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