Marie Kondo shares secrets of tidying up

Author Marie Kondo shares tips from her wildly popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

- Decluttering does a lot more for you than just making your closet look tidy, according to best-selling author and professional organizer Marie Kondo.

"What happens when you are decluttering is you're really honing your sensitivity for what makes you happy and what sparks joy for you. That can be applicable to other areas of your life via your career or interpersonal relationships with other people," said Kondo.

The first step to decluttering is to calm down.

"There are only two reasons why people can't throw things away, the first is anxiety towards the future and the second is that you are holding on to the past," said Kondo.

When it comes to cleaning out your closet Kondo says take the following steps:

1. Tackle it by category. There is a specific order of categories:clothes, books, paper materials, miscellaneous items and sentimental items as the very last.

2. Determine what truly makes you happy, toss the rest.

Kondo is appearing in a TV special on NHK World TV where she is called in to declutter two homes in Brooklyn.

You can catch 'Tidy Up With KonMari' on May 6 and 7.


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