Everyone knows that a tidy house makes a tidy mind and, more specifically, having a clean and tidy bedroom is conducive to restful sleep and a fresh morning wake up. Experts believe that excessive clutter can actually trigger the stress hormone– cortisol- which makes it harder to process information and generally brings your mood down.
In order to combat this, author Marie Kondo developed a unique way of decluttering homes, bedrooms and closets. The ‘KonMari’ method has since become a cultural phenomenon, with millions of her books sold worldwide and the release of a Netflix series starring Marie herself, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. But what is her original method of tidying up all about?
The KonMari method is grounded in joy and gratitude. It’s about questioning whether the things you own “spark joy” or not, as well as following an ordered way of organising and categorising your belongings. So, if your bedroom could do with a little more joy and order, here’s how to apply Marie’s method to the space.
If you’re familiar with the Netflix show, you’ll know that showing gratitude to your possessions and space is at the heart of the KonMari method. Marie starts every episode by thanking the space she plans to tidy up. While this may sound a little far-fetched, it’s simply about appreciating having a roof over your head and a comfortable place to sleep, as well as being grateful for the individual items you own.
Always make your bed
Although this may bring back unpleasant memories of childhood, there’s a reason that our parents asked us to make our bed each day- after all, ‘the state of your bed is the state of your head’. According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their bed every day are more likely to get a better night’s sleep and are generally happier in day-to-day life. Marie says that we should make our bed every morning and for a truly peaceful mindset, we should wash our sheets weekly too.
Slim down your closet
Once your bed is in order, it’s time to tackle your closet. If your drawers are overflowing with clothes and your hangers are buckling under the weight of countless jackets, dresses and shirts, it’s probably time to sprinkle some KonMari magic into your closet. Marie suggests taking out every item of clothing you own and asking “does this bring me joy?”. If not, simply donate it to the local charity shop so it can bring someone else joy for years to come!
Organise your drawers
After reducing the amount of things you have in your closet, the final step to decluttering your bedroom the Marie Kondo way is to reorganise your storage. For your hanging rail, the KonMari method heralds arranging by colour- not only is this visually appealing, but it makes things easier to find too. When it comes to the drawers, Marie has her own special way of folding everything from t-shirts to socks, which maximises space and keeps things orderly. You can learn her folding method here.
Whilst the Marie Kondo method has proven to improve the orderliness of bedrooms all over the world, there’s no point in trying if your bedroom storage isn’t up to scratch. By investing in custom fitted furniture, you can design storage for your bedroom that works for you and categorise your belongings, just as Marie preaches.
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