'Magic cleaning' Marie Kondo: instructions for use

Violet Field inLifestyleJul 6, 2020 7 min read204 views

How to successfully apply the advice in practice and get rid of excess. This is cluttering, liberation from unnecessary and superfluous things that only do that collect dust and mold. It will not save you from the need to maintain cleanliness.

6 tips to get rid of unnecessary things

1. Visualize what you want.

This is a great and most consistent piece of advice. Before you start a business, whether it's a new hobby or the formation of a good habit, imagine what will happen if you succeed. Marie Kondo advises in detail to imagine the life you want.

She also recommends looking at the Internet or magazine photographs of interiors. They will inspire you to act and suggest beautiful and functional solutions for your space. The source of these photos can be Pinterest, We Heart It, or Tumblr.

2. Take things in your hands and lay them on the floor

In Japanese culture, the energy of objects is very important. Marie says a lot about the fact that it is worth taking things that you part within your hands and thank them for the experience you have been given. Of course, talking with socks and blouses is not necessary. But the advice to touch a thing is still very important and useful.

Recently, while searching for a sweater in a closet, I found a whole package of T-shirts and shirts that I brought from my house to a rented apartment. I just threw these things on the shelf and completely forgot about them. Going through all these T-shirts, I felt that I treated them in completely different ways: “I will wear it with pleasure, I like the style and color. But I’m definitely not going to wear it, such an unpleasant fabric and the picture is stupid! ”

We are not so sensitive to the energy of things, this is not characteristic of our culture. But touching them and laying them on the floor really makes it clear how much you have and what you definitely don't need from that.

3. Disassemble and store things by category

Marie advises starting cleaning with clothes and moving smoothly to what is most difficult to throw away - memorable gizmos and gifts. It is much easier to mop up not a separate room, but the whole house, but according to the categories of objects. First, sort through all the clothes (and immediately organize the storage of what is left), then do all the books, papers, accessories, and so on. Each thing will find its place, and it will become easier to maintain order and beauty in the house.

But do not expect that to be easy. Marie Kondo says that once you get rid of the trash, you will never want to clutter up the room again. But in reality, everything is not so rosy.

Habits, stress, and unconscious actions are much stronger than a momentary urge to clean everything up and never litter again. 

If you unconsciously leave clothes on a chair after work or study and throw unwashed mugs of tea where they drank it, you will have to carefully work on this. 

4. Do not rush to throw things away

Marie advises to throw out everything that does not bring you joy. But, unfortunately, many of us cannot simply throw away what we spent money on. It frightens us that a thing that served faithfully and was just a thing, at one point will turn into rubbish. At the same time, Kondo advises abandoning the idea of transferring things to relatives or relegate to the category of “home”. In the first case, you litter the space of other people, and in the second, you do not solve the problem of too many items.

In our country, the option of transferring something to relatives or acquaintances has the right to life. If you don’t have friends who might need your things, you can sell them online, send them to second-hand stores or centers to help people in difficult situations. So you unload your house and at the same time do a good deed.

5. Deal with books and unnecessary papers

Here, Marie also recommends mercilessly getting rid of everything superfluous, but the advice to throw away checks, payments, and other bureaucratic pieces of paper is not very optimal. Unfortunately, there are situations when we are asked to provide receipts for utility bills for several years, so all this has to be sadly stored. So, we will follow another Kondo advice: if you need something once a year, you should not waste energy on inventive storage. Put all these papers in a simple transparent file and put them in a cabinet.

The advice to discard all school records from me, like a diligent student who reverently writes hand-written notes and keeps them, also causes rejection. If you also relate to knowledge, getting rid of these papers can be simple and useful: hand them over to your younger comrades for a nominal fee in the form of chocolate! Your efforts will not sink into the trash Summer and will help the next generations of students.

Also, for me personally, Kondo’s idea of throwing away books is unacceptable. Of course, they take up a lot of space, and if your space is very limited, the best solution would be to go to an e-book or download a reading application to your phone.

If you still decide to get rid of your home library, you can transfer books to schools, public libraries, second-hand shops, or to fairs. Another option: join the bookcrossing movement and at the same time find friends.

6. Store clothes properly

Marie advises not to hang things, but to fold and store vertically. So the contents of the boxes are better visible, things rub less and last longer and still take up less space. The same thing happens with socks: if you fold them in half and not fold them into a lump, they will be stored more compactly and it will be easier for you to find the right pair in the drawer.

Marie Kondo advises placing clothes that you must hang on your shoulders (coats, down jackets, long dresses) from heavy and dark to light and light: first a coat, then jackets and jackets lighter, then dresses. If you believe in the energy of things, this advice will help establish an energy balance. If not, then you just sort the clothes by seasonality, and it will be easier to search for something.


  1. Imagine the end result and inspire yourself to change.
  2. Do not look at things on the shelves, but touch and lay them out, this will help assess their quantity and quality.
  3. Store everything not in places, but in categories: one type of item - one specific place.
  4. Do not chop off the shoulder and do not seek to send everything to the trash. Instead, look for other options where you can transfer things. So you will help other people and even probably make new friends.
  5. Organize the storage of important papers: so that they can easily be found in an emergency.
  6. Change the way you store clothes: instead of store laying in a pile, store t-shirts and underwear vertically, hang things from “heavy” to “light” to make it easier to navigate.

Of course, no advice can suit everyone without exception - people are too different. But there are interesting and useful ideas in Magic Cleaning that will help solve many problems with the organization of space. Have you read the book by Marie Kondo? Was her method suitable for you?