As I mentioned yesterday, there are really only two tasks involved in the KonMari method (from the book : The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up).

  1. Discard.
  2. Decide where to put things.

Keep storage as simple as possible.  Chances are, you already have what you need around the house.  Shoeboxes are especially useful in drawers, for example.


Here are some of my favorite storage-related quotes from the book:

“Storage experts are hoarders.”  [Buying more containers for stuff you don’t need or want in the first place will just make the problem worse.]

“The essence of effective storage is this: designate a spot for every last thing you own.”



“Storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not to get them out.” [I’m still pondering this one, but the general idea is that we don’t need motivation to get things out to be used.  We need it to be very simple to put things away when we’re finished.]

“Never pile things.  Vertical storage is the key.”

This last point is critical and is one of the things that makes this method different from anything I’ve ever tried before.  Whenever possible, store things on end, not lying flat.  This includes clothes.

Marie Kondo has a very particular folding method that makes this possible.  It’s probably a bit different from how you usually fold clothes, but I got the hang of it quickly.  And guess what…  I look forward to folding and putting away my clothes!  (Please believe me when I tell you that is NOT how I have ever felt in the past.)  For examples, your best bet is probably to just search for the KonMari method on YouTube.

So you may be thinking, “OK, Laura.  So I need to get rid of stuff and fold stuff differently.  Um, how on earth is that life-changing??”  I’m glad you asked.

To be continued…