One woman is taking the home-cleaning world by storm with her soulful approach to tidying.
Marie Kondo is a cleaning consultant (yes, that's a thing), best-selling author and, well, kind of a genius. She is the woman behind the popular new cleaning philosophy, known as 'The KonMari Method'.
KonMari is based on the notion that if something doesn't bring you joy - you should get rid of it.
Sounds simple, right?
Well, perhaps it's not so easy since Marie has sold more than 6 million copies of her illustrated guides to de-clutter your home.
What's more, is that her Tokyo-based consulting business has become so popular, there is a three-month waiting list for her services.
Can't wait that long? Here are five things you can learn from the cleaning Queen:
1. If it doesn't "spark joy" - chuck it.
Marie Kondo says it in a much nicer way, but this is essentially the basis of her method. Take a look at everything in your home, room, desk or car and ask yourself if it brings you 'joy'. If it doesn't... well, you know what to do.
2. How to fold a shirt
Who knew folding a t-shirt was such a mindful experience? Marie believes you need to show gratitude to your possessions for bringing you joy, so things like folding and packing become a lot more therapeutic. However, the end result is mind boggling. Just take a look at this shirt-folding clip:
3. Make your clothing 'stand'...
To quote Marie in the above video, "If a piece of clothing is folded correctly, it will stand." And if you have ever seen a Konmari wardrobe, you will notice the extraordinary difference this makes when it comes to putting things away. Which brings me to the next pointer...
4. ...Then file them away
Essentially, this makes everything visible and accessible. While the folding part may take longer than scrunching your clothes and throwing them in your drawer, you will save time when it comes to finding these items again!
5. Re-order your closet
When hanging clothes in your closet, order your clothes from left to right starting with the longest and heaviest. According to Vogue, this is so "when you look, your eye travels up".
[Feature image via YouTube/Ebury Reads]