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Loved Marie Kondo? You're Going to Love Swedish Death Cleaning

So you’ve watched Marie Kondo’s show. You’ve read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and her more recent release, “Spark Joy”.

You’re following her on Instagram, and have decluttered your home. You’ve mastered the art of folding clothing, thrown out bags and bags of trash and made several trips to the local donation center.

What do you do now?

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Bringing Home New Items after the Marie Kondo Method

an often-missed anecdote in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is where Marie Kondo talks about her clients that have completed the decluttering process have fallen in love with their homes - and most importantly are bringing new items into their homes.

This is key. Marie Kondo isn’t tell you to live a minimalist or aesthetic lifestyle. Far from it, to be honest. She’s really just helping to recalibrate your compass when it comes to your possessions and purchases.

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Marie Kondo isn't Telling You to Get Rid Of Your Books - But Maybe You Should

So people are in a tizzy with the new Marie Kondo Netflix series in which Marie Kondo allegedly says “keep fewer than 30 books”.

*Cue bibliophiles screaming in rage*

Put down your Harry Potter series for a moment and let’s talk about this rationally.

I would like to point out that this meme is an unfortunate bastardization of the actual decluttering process in “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.

Nowhere does KonMari actually say that you have to get rid of books. In fact, the only thing she says is that you have to use her process with your books, ensuring you only keep the ones that bring you joy.

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What to do if You're Just Starting Out with Marie Kondo

Okay, so you’ve watched the Netflix series by Marie Kondo.

You’ve bought her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and maybe even her “Spark Joy” (the second volume that further explains the decluttering process).

You’re inspired, intrigued and motivated.

You’ve started using Japanese terms like komono and tokimeku to describe the process.

You are interested in living a happier, more decluttered life in a place with things that spark joy with you.

This is great, but one thing that isn’t mentioned is a very important step in the process.

Where do you begin?

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10 Things we Learned from Marie Kondo

We are big fans of Marie Kondo and her book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. Not just because she’s just so wonderful, or that her book is so succint and easy to understand - but because it is a system that works so well.

While she’s not the only source of learning how to declutter and live a minimalist life, she does it in a way that just is so easy and so simple.

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10 Tips for Decluttering your Kitchen

In our house, the kitchen is probably one of the areas that we spend the most time in. Whether we’re cooking or drinking coffee or baking or putting away groceries, it’s a very high traffic area, which is one of the reasons why it’s so important for it to be decluttered.

When your kitchen is decluttered, it makes life easier. Cooking dinner, doing dishes and keeping it clean is less of a hassle, and it provides more space for you to work without having to bump into things or rifle through drawers.

Having just decluttered our kitchen, here are some things that we discovered that are both easy and powerful ways of making your kitchen a tidy and organized place.

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Decluttering: Using Evernote to Digitalize All Your Papers

I have to say that Marie Kondo was right - there’s absolutely nothing joyous with papers. None. With the exception of certain papers signifying the end of things (like graduating from school) most of them are for terrible reasons. Bills, advertisements, junk mail and spam - a lot of things that don’t warrant saving (and maybe don’t even warrant being printed in the first place!)

It’s interesting - papers are such an integral part of our lives, yet they themselves as physical objects are rather worthless. They are just characters and symbols printed onto a piece of parchment. And it is those combination of characters and symbols that are important, not the physical paper itself.

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