This Is The Next Wave Of KonMari Cleaning And It's Genius

If you love it, put it away.

If you haven't been living under a rock (where you possibly wouldn't need it) you will have heard by now of Marie Kondo, and her cleaning idealogy, the KonMari method.

Marie Kondo is a worldwide phenomenon. Image: KonMari.com

Kondo's method -- invented by the Japanese cleaning whizz --  is kind of simple and rids you of all the things in your life you don't need. It calls on you to evaluate your relationship with each of your belongings by asking the question, "Does it spark joy?" If the answer is no, Kondo says to let the item go. If it's a yes, she tells you to find a specific place to put it so you can tend to it with care. In doing all this, you end up freeing yourself from things you don't want or need, and in turn you can lead your ideal life. Simple.

Millions of people all over the world have joined up with her -- buying her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and throwing away any belongings that don't spark any joy for them. They've decluttered, tidied and whipped their homes into shape, but for some of us, the thought of the rigorous method ("Getting rid of my nick nacks? No way!") of cleaning has been just a little too much. 

But now here's a way to make it work for you.

Boxes.

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You see, Kondo has now brought out a range of boxes -- called Hikidashi boxes -- that she suggests may help motivate you to start tidying, and  help you store and organise your "joy-sparking" items. And it actually makes sense.

"I've started to wonder what I can do better to help more people finish the process," she explained to mindbodygreen, after recognising that some people were stalling at the first hurdle.

"I'm probably the only person in the world who makes such an official occasion to introduce empty boxes," she jokes. "But to me, there is no other tool more useful for tidying than boxes."

And by jove she's right.

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Says Gemma Quinn, Australia's first certified Gold KonMari consultant, boxes are at the core of how KonMari can help you get organised.

"In the KonMari method we use boxes to store almost everything, by doing this, each belonging has an independent home, which allows your belongings to be stored efficiently in an accessible and manageable manner. When everything has a home and is easy to put away, it leads to a tidy home"

See -- genius. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

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"I use them every day," Gemma continues. "Absolutely, every single day and it’s one of the ways the KonMari method has improved my life. Using boxes to organise is simple, yet powerful.  I am on a relentless pursuit of perfect boxes for both my clients and myself."

Of course the actual boxes Kondo is selling on her website (as yet unavailable here) were created to support and guide a person to through the KonMari method and their own KonMari journey.

A set of six various sizes, they're white on the outside and decorated in various patterns on the inside -- she says that possessions deserve a beautiful home.. "These are meant to enhance your experience of the KonMari method," she told mindbodygreen, explaining that when you purchase a box, you'll get a series of emails that give you specific, step-by-step tidying instructions and connect you with fellow Konverts. "I feel that it's difficult to sustain the motivation to tidy when you're by yourself, so having this community is important."

If you're thinking of adopting her method and grabbing yourself some of your own boxes  --  Kondo suggests you use them once you've gone through the process and rid yourself of everything that doesn't spark joy. So cull away, and then use them to organise your cherished belongings in the most delightful way.

Feature Image:  KonMari.com