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Organize the World: Design Your Life to Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (Transcript)

In this video, I introduced other topics I didn’t share today. It’s so the video should help you understand how to fold, how to tidy even better. Here we go.

Please watch the video as you imagine you’re actually tidying.

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(Voiceover): Gina Kruger is a homemaker living in Brooklyn. She found Kondo’s book refreshing and quite unlike any other on the subject.

Gina Kruger: I love Konmari’s book. I feel like her method is so gentle and so personal. I love that she’s not saying if you haven’t used it for a year you get rid of it. She says ‘Does it speak to your heart?’

(Voiceover): Busy raising two young children with her husband, Gina struggles to keep her place in order. The family of four lives in a 1,300 square foot home that’s always a mess. The Konmari method recommends taking pictures before you start tidying to better grasp the clutter.

Gina Kruger: The biggest problem I have in the kitchen is when we go shopping for food, I don’t have enough places to put the food and down here I’m going to take a picture of this one. It’s kind of exploding. As you can see, I don’t know what to do with that. I hate folding sheets.

Help us Konmari.

(Voiceover): Kondo took a special trip to Brooklyn to help Gina tidy up.

Whenever I visit a house for the first time, I start by greeting the house before I proceed to actually tidy. So please allow me to greet your house.

Oh sure, that would be wonderful.

Kondo makes it a rule to spend a quiet moment before getting down to work. It is like a solemn ceremony. I highly respect houses as entities and I place the great value in communicating with the house to tidy. When you tidy with that mindset, you’re more likely to be inspired with the overall image for storage, like where you should put certain things.

They’re ready to tackle the challenge. In the Konmari method you tidy up not from one room to another, but by Category. The first category is clothes. They make a big pile in one place, that way it’s easier to know the total volume, and to grasp the situation objectively.

We’re going to pick the pieces that spark joy in you, you have to take each item in your hands and feel it. The Criteria are whether it makes you feel glad when you put it on and whether it will make you shine from now on.

Okay, what should we do with yes? It sparks joy. Okay. It sparks joy.

Kondo claims that you can always tell if something sparks joy in you by touching it.

And this one, no joy.

Okay. The rule is to thank each and every no joy item that you’re going to let go before you throw it away.

You should show appreciation for everything you let go, that in turn alleviates any sense of guilt. This has had a long life, long long life. Thank you.

Okay, here’s the question when you have something that you have to iron, but you don’t really like to iron and so it doesn’t really spark joy if you have to iron it. When I iron it and it looks nice, I like it.

The most important point is whether you want to wear it eagerly enough to take the trouble of ironing it. So I should keep this one and then these are the kind of the same. I like the one that I’ve ironed them and they’re comfortable so we’ll keep those two. We’ll will keep it. Yes for sure.

Three hours later they’ve separated what to keep from what to let go. Next they hang what can be put in the closet.

When you hang things in this closet you hang long and heavy items on the left hand side and increasingly lighter items as you go toward the right. That way you’ll make an ever-increasing line in the closet which will give you a snappy lift just by standing in front of it. That’s the kind of closet we’re going to aim for.

The Konmari method doesn’t neglect eliciting joy even from the contents of drawers. For that purpose you learn how to fold clothes.

First you fold in both sides with sleeves like this and make a rectangle that consists mostly of the body. Once you have that rectangle you fold it in half, and again in half, and one more time. It’ll be like this.

Gina tries folding in Kondo’s fashion. That’s perfectly fine. You know what? If you fold your clothes as you communicate your love for them with your palms the fabric will get more taut and you will reduce wrinkles.

When Kondo arranges items she stands them up, so everything can be seen at a glance. Arrange colors in gradation, so you’ll know what color dominates your collection. In the four hours after meeting Kon Marie, Gina has achieved this much tidiness.

The next category is books. Like clothes, touch books without reading them. Kondo says repeating this again and again strengthens your sensitivity for what sparks joy.

The third category is papers. When it comes to papers we can’t really base our judgment on the joy they spark so what I recommend is supposing total disposal. Okay. Once we put them all together, there were more than we had expected. However because we dealt with them in one go we finished going through them in an hour and a half that was a tremendous amount of concentration on her part.

It’s really invigorating seeing so much done so quickly that you just want to keep it going and to have it be gone in such a quick manner and getting it out of here is, just it’s incredible. I felt like 100% confident right now.

Kondo’s personal instruction has given Gina momentum. Following the Konmari method, she begins tackling the fourth category, “Komono” miscellaneous items found in the bathroom, kitchen and so on. Over two weeks, she threw away 20 garbage bags and donated or recycled 50.

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