7 Important Organizing Tips You Didn't See in 'Tidying Up'

Your TL;DR guide to Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up"

Are you ready for a bombshell? Netflix's "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" only scratched the surface of her genius organizing tips. If you skipped the book and went straight to the screen, these are the best nuggets of organizing advice you missed.

You Don't Need to Tidy Every Day

All it takes is one big tidying session to get your house into shape. So, do it right and do it well, and you shouldn't have to add "declutter" to your chore list ever again. Organizing all of your belongings at one time allows you to see results immediately, which has a profound impact on your mindset. Once you finish tidying one category, you'll feel confident and motivated to tackle the next area.

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Storage Can Be a Trap

Storing before sorting results in hoarding. Before stepping foot in The Container Store, remember this: Bins and baskets just disguise clutter without addressing the problem. Boxes are only useful when they hold items that you actually need and want. Shoeboxes and clear food storage containers work just as well as any pricey organizing gadget.

Smart Food Container Storage

Smart Food Container Storage

With various sized bins and a range of lids, it doesn’t take much for your collection of leftover holders to get out of hand. Lufkin and Goodsell say to group bottoms, then stack lids vertically with the help of a plate rack.

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Visualize Your Future

This is perhaps the most important takeaway from Kondo's book. Visualization is your most powerful tool when decluttering. If you can't picture yourself using an item in the future, or if it doesn't align with your current lifestyle, toss it. After all, the goal of the KonMari method is to help you live your best life. A clear vision will energize and inspire you to finish organizing.

Arrange Clothes from Heaviest to Lightest

A subtle but impactful change, arranging clothes so they rise to the right visually improves your closet. Kondo says hanging clothes from heaviest (coats, jackets, pants) to lightest (dresses, blouses, skirts) energizes your closet and makes it easy to quickly find what you need.

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Labels Are Not Your Friend

Hate to break it to all the die-hard label maker lovers out there, but words are the enemy. Quiet the "noise," as Kondo calls it, by removing stickers from storage boxes or items that don't need labels, like scrubbers or mild soaps. This creates a clean, streamlined appearance in closets and on shelves which prevents you from feeling overwhelmed with choices. (Ed. note: We do not recommend removing warning or toxicity labels.)

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

"Someday" Means "Never"

This might be the hardest pill to swallow, but be brutally honest with yourself when tossing clutter. Partially finished projects, ill-fitting clothes, unused gadgets - all of these items cause stress and guilt. No one wants constant reminders of failure. Free yourself from the "eventuallys" and focus on the now.

Always Unpack Your Bag

It's such a simple task, yet we rarely do it! (Even Kondo admits that she skips this task on days when she is especially tired.) As soon as you get home, place your wallet, keys and work ID in a nice bowl or box on your dresser or near the door. Emptying your purse or backpack every day ensures that no important papers or receipts are lost or forgotten.

Kondo's intent is pure: for you to feel happy at home. Her hope is that, when you're ready to begin the tidying process, you discover what it means to have a calm, organized home surrounded by things that spark joy.

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