Marie Kondo is a household name when it comes to the world of organization and decluttering. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, has been a bestseller for years now for a very good reason: her advice works.

Here are the takeaways we found the most useful after reading Kondo’s famed organizational book:

Categorize things first.

One of the biggest tenets in Kondo’s book is that, when it comes to organizing your things, think about them in terms of category instead of room. Tidying by category allows you to address problem areas of clutter at the source. Tackling all of your books at once helps so certain books from one room don’t get stuffed away, separate from books in another room.

Throw away everything you don’t love.

The most well known and famous quote that has come from Kondo’s book states: “The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.” When you decide to organize your things, keep this thought front of mind when you choose what stays and what goes. If you don’t love it, don’t keep it – plain and simple.

File the paperwork in the garbage.

Kondo states in her book that all paperwork should be able to fit in one place, divided into just two groups: papers to be saved and papers that need to be dealt with. You have to be very discerning about the paper you keep. Don’t hold on to old bills, statements, and pay slips. Prioritize contracts and insurance policies and get the paper out of your home and into the garbage where it belongs.

Fold your clothes, don’t hang them.

Did you know that you can fit two to four times as much clothing folded in the same space it would take up being hung? By following Kondo’s tips for organizing your clothing by artful folding you can get a lot more bang for your buck when it comes to space.

Treat your possessions like they’re more than just stuff.

Kondo insists that you think of your possessions the same way you would think of another person. Do you think your shifts enjoy being shoved in a corner in the back of your closet? Do you think that your children’s toys feel fulfilled when they’re tossed haphazard into a bin or bucket? By shifting the way you think of your things, it makes it easier to devote the time to organization that’s needed to keep your home looking clean and clear.

In the end, it’s okay if this extreme level of organization doesn’t work for you. No matter what stuff you have or where you want to keep it, Storage Direct has the solutions to keep your home clear and clutter free. Contact us today to learn more.