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Spring Cleaning Tips Inspired By Marie Kondo

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Mar. 7 2019, Published 10:45 p.m. ET

Marie Kondo, star of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix, is hoarding America‘s sweetheart. With Spring coming up, maybe some of you are tidying up your homes as we write this! Or maybe Spring cleaning is just a myth because we’re trynna keep everything.

Personally, I gravitate to hoarding because it’s hard for me to let go of things but after watching Marie Kondo, her gratitude towards what she will be letting go is what inspired me.

Does it bring Joy?
Sometime we like to keep things because we think we may need them in the future, but we need to get rid of that sentiment and go the Marie Kondo way: does it make you happy? Keeping those old clothes you keep swearing you’ll fit into again someday? Me too, girl. But it’s time to let it go. Ultimately, it makes us get stuck on an idea that simply isn’t the truth (yetttt). In the meantime, get rid of those old clothes that make you nostalgic, or think too hard about what you don’t have. Anyway, once you reach your goals, you can get whatever you want.

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Fold everything small and neatly
Marie Kondo teaches viewers how to properly fold clothing to maximize small spaces. All clothes should stand upright in a dresser, that way you know exactly where, and what everything is when you open your drawers. It gives you time to relax and meditate on your life.

Respect your belongings
Something that resonated with me was how Marie Kondo didn’t treat anything like garbage. Whatever items were no longer wanted were thanked, and placed in a separate pile. She physically said thank you to her items. I didn’t find this weird for 3 reasons: I’m a hoarder + I’m a Cancer so I put meaning behind everything. I’ve also watched The Little Toaster.

Don’t be too hard on yourself while cleaning. Remember everything is just a material thing. Whether you want to donate or throw out items is up to you. Maybe you’d even like to sell them! There you go with a second business! Spring is a season of renewal so maybe this can help you reinvent yourself.

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