Lately it seems like everyone and their cousin has been decluttering their homes thanks to Marie Kondo, author of the New York Times best-selling novel, The Life-Changing Method of Tidying Up and now star to the Netflix binge-worthy series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. So don’t be alarmed if you walk in on your Aunt Sue holding up an old sweatshirt from the ‘90s, asking herself if it “sparks joy.” She’s not crazy; she’s simply caught on to the “KonMari” method.
This method involves keeping only the items that “spark joy” in our lives. Instead of cleaning one room at a time, she tidies by these five categories, one at a time and in order:
- Komono (miscellaneous items)
- Sentimental items
Ready to experience some of that “life-changing magic” in your own home? Start by checking out these highly rated Amazon products that will help you get rid of all thew things that don't spark joy.
1. Read Marie Kondo’s “decluttering bible”
It wouldn’t be a Marie Kondo article if we didn’t begin with the book that started it all—_The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up_. Like many people in this world, you may have tried and failed—and tried and failed again—to declutter your home, only for things to end up even more chaotic. Stuff will always continue to accumulate. Create lasting change through Marie’s brilliant methods, all of which are explained in great length in her book, along with other life-changing secrets that can have a dramatic impact in your world if you let them.
2. Keep your beauty products on fleek with this rotating organizer
As someone who goes to Target with every intention of only buying toilet paper, only to leave hours later with blue eye shadow that we haven’t worn since we were 12 among a pile of other non-essentials, it’s safe to say that my beauty collection is bursting. This is where this makeup organizer comes in.
Equipped with easy-to-move pieces that let you change the layout whenever you want, it helps you find your favorite products easier and even promises to “stop the complaints from your boyfriend/husband that your table is too messy.” Cue the sigh of relief from non-makeup-wearing partners and roommates everywhere.
3. Organize your home faster with clear plastic bins
If there’s one thing Marie Kondo loves (besides messes), it’s boxes. She even has her own line of them! Though at $89 for a set of three, they don’t exactly come cheap. Looking for a more cost-effective option? Try these storage bins from Amazon. Clear is best since Marie believes it’s helpful to know what’s inside, but there are other options if you're only loosely following her tips.
They are durable enough to hold Christmas decorations, books, and the like. If you use them to store purses, you can even follow Marie’s “bag in bag method,” which involves putting similar-sized bags inside of each other and leaving the handles visible so you can identify which bag is which.
4. Embrace your inner Monica Geller with these drawer dividers
Fancy yourself to be like Monica Geller from Friends? (AKA an obsessive neat freak who also possesses a secret closet full of mess?). If so, then you will love these drawer organizers, which cost $15 for a set of four. They're perfect for storing your socks, underwear, bras, and lingerie. You can even purchase bigger versions to accommodate larger clothes such as t-shirts, sweaters, and pants.
We can only hope that you’ve folded enough burritos in your life to totally nail the famous KonMari fold, which allow you to save space and see all your options by folding clothes into rectangle-like burritos and storing them upright.
5. Invest in photo albums to cherish those precious memories
There’s a reason Marie encourages us to tidy up our sentimental items last: We can get so sucked into the rabbit hole of looking through old memories. If you, too, have found yourself sifting through old photos while wearing cat ears from that early-2000s Halloween costume, it’s time for an intervention.
Luckily, this is a lot easier than you’d think. Simply pick up a photo album (Marie believes in cherishing our favorite memories and keeping them on display). This particular photo album holds up to 200 horizontal and vertical photographs that are up to 4x6 inches. There is even space to write down notes!
6. Opt for bathroom storage to reduce bathroom slime (ick)
There comes a time in every person’s life when they have to ask themselves: Do I really need five different hair conditioners in the shower with me? If you’re Marie Kondo—lover of all things clean—that answer is no. See, by leaving bottles out, they develop a gross slime on the bottom over time. Instead, take a page out of Marie’s book and store them in a cabinet or underneath the sink. Just be sure to wipe them off with a towel beforeputting them away.
This SimpleHouseware shelf organizer is a good option as it can store your cleaning and shower products (just be sure to avoid accidentally washing your hair with toilet bowl cleaner). Been there, done that.
7. Teach kids how to organize with fun, colorful storage bins
It’s always a good idea to teach children the essentials of cleaning and organization. I mean, how else are you going to keep them on their toes if they're not concerned they could become the Cinderella of the house at a moment’s notice? Thought so.
The bright colors of these sturdy storage bins will appeal to kids, making it easier to get them to clean up. They can store things all their goodies like dolls, toys and sports equipment in the 12 containers, which come in varying size. As for you parents, breathe that sigh of relief as you say goodbye to the fear of stepping onto a piece of LEGO in the middle of the night. Phew.
8. Have these sturdy bags on hand for all your donations
Even if you already own garbage bags, seriously ask yourself this: Are they durable enough to hold all of my donations? Also, consider the color. The last thing you want to do is accidentally throw away all of your donations because you put them in your normal garbage bags.
These Toughbags are a good option since they are puncture-resistant, making them durable enough to hold glass bottles and sharp metal lids. They even come with a lifetime guarantee, so if you're not satisfied, you can get your money back.
9. Keep all those shoe splurges organized with this shoe rack
We all know that Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw liked to store her sweaters in her oven, but this method should definitely not be repeated, even if you're not worried about sparking jojy. If space in your home is tight and you are considering tossing shoes in the oven, first, consider your life choices and second, opt for a shoe rack instead. This Homebi shoe rack is super easy to assemble and can store up to 20 shoes, including boots, thanks to its sturdy four-tier structure.
10. Let your clothes live their best life with these velvet hangers
We just have to say it: Your clothes haven’t lived until they’ve experienced velvet hangers. Yeah, we went there. These AmazonBasics velvet hangers give your closet a chic, sophisticated look and even save room thanks to their slim design. Avoid the annoying hassle of picking up fallen clothes from the floor. Velvet hangers keep clothes secure and prevent the material from stretching. They can even hold up to 10 pounds! So go ahead, keep that huge furry coat! If it sparks joy, that is.
11. This beauty organizer tray will make Marie proud
Similar to Marie’s obsession with boxes, she also loves trays. They are useful for organizing kitchen drawers and miscellaneous items. They are also great when it comes to keeping beauty products looking neater. In other words, you’ll be feeling like your favorite beauty YouTuber in no time.
We love this mDesign expandable makeup organizer because it's a ridiculously easy way to quickly clean up your bathroom counter. You can expect immediate benefits, such as less clutter on your counter and less time in a mad dash trying to find your products. And the design makes it easy to naturally add more trays if your collection grows.
12. This closet organizer will have you feeling like a model
It’s not just celebs or the lucky folks on IKEA catalogues that get to have the closet of their dreams. Yours is only a few clicks away—and at a huge fraction of the price. Let me tell you about the Whitmore Double Rod Freestand Closet. Equipped with five shelves and two garment rods, it’s perfect for storing clothes and accessories and has an open design that makes it easy to grab what you need. Assembly is pretty easy, too, since no tools are necessary to put it together. You will love having all your clothes that “sparked joy” on display.
Quick tip from Marie: Store items in a triangle shape (long, dark items on left and lighter, short items on the right).
13. This fridge organizer saves major space
When we heard that Marie likes to store her carrots in a drink holder in the fridge, we thought that she may have officially lost it. But it actually makes so much sense. Storing items vertically, especially in a fridge where space might be tight, prevents them from crushing each other. This mDesign fridge organizer (which is BPA-free and made of durable, shatter-free plastic) is so much more than just a drink holder. You can also use it to store canned fruits, broth, pet food,or even carrots and other vegetables like Marie.
14. Maximize kitchen space with a pantry organizer
There's a good reason this item is a best seller on Amazon with 4.8 out of 5 stars. First, there is no hardware needed for installation (it includes over-door hangers). It can be used for storing anything from tea to spices to condiments to snacks, all of which will be easy to find thanks to the 15 clear pockets. Marie would certainly approve, as she believes that the kitchen counters should be used for preparing food, not storing items.
15. More storage boxes because, honestly, you can never have enough
That’s right, we’re ending this list with even more storage boxes. It’s Marie’s world after all; and right now we’re just living in it. These AmazonBasics foldable storage cubes come in a set of six and help reduce clutter by making it easier to keep things neat and tidy. If you have a cubed storage shelf, they should fit nicely in there (make sure you measure before you buy!). The fabric is breathable and sturdy and comes with handles that are easy to grab. And when you're not using them, they fold up and can be stored out of sight.
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