You binge-watched Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in one weekend. And while you don’t have as nearly as many nutcrackers in the basement as the empty nesters in episode two, you decided that your abode could use some of that lifesaving magic of tidying up—aka the KonMari Method.
What does this involve? Well, the simple ethos of the KonMari Method is this: Gather all of your belongings by categories—clothes, books, papers, etc. Then, hold each item in your hands and ask yourself one question: “Does this spark joy?” No? Then give it away so it can spark joy for someone else.
The process is straightforward enough that everyone and their moms have been getting on the KonMari train, giving away piles upon piles of items and organizing the surviving belongings as Marie Kondo would—think carefully folded upright clothes and thoughtfully curated kitchen drawers. There’s even been a trend of organization photos on Instagram.
And yes, I got in the game as well. As someone who’s naturally disorganized, I found myself riding high on the KonMari wave as I sparked joy through my apartment. I made sure there was “folding time” in my schedule, origami-ing my underwear like Sadako and her Thousand Paper Cranes and imploring my husband to join in the “fun.”