Hannan Abdi, Editor in Chief
Is your bedroom “an archaeological site of dirty socks, piles of empty water bottles, ripped papers and empty boxes of Cheez-Its?” If so, maybe it’s time to start tidying up with the help of the Japanese tidying guru, Marie Kondo. The de-clutter expert has taught the world through her Netflix special Tidying Up With Marie Kondo to organize their belongings in an effective and simple manner. Her method of tidying is the KonMari method, which is described as a state of mind – and a way of life – that encourages cherishing the things that spark joy in one’s life. Kondo believed in the following innovative organizing principle: If your belongings don’t spark joy, thank them for their service and don’t let the door hit them on their way to the local Goodwill. This method has proven to help many improve their living space and has created a simple way to store their belongings. After witnessing the success stories, I’ve decided to test it out on the room of a stressed out senior in high school, AKA my messy room.
First, I completely dumped all my clothes from my closet and drawers onto the floor and began to go through one by one discovering which pieces of clothing “sparked joy.” Kondo recommends having all your clothes in one area, so you can’t hold back and truly reflect on what pieces of clothing you feel are special and thanking the others that don’t and giving them away. Just sorting through all my clothes took a good two hours and I definitely felt it in my back. This part of the process is the most important and made me really realize how big of a hoarder I am. I mean why else would I keep a turtleneck from baby Gap?
Next, I began to store my clothes in their rightful places by using the correct folding that is stated under the KonMari method. Kondo teaches how to store clothes by folding them carefully she states, “Folding works best if you approach it like origami.” Which means after each fold, be sure to smooth your palm over your shirt before going on to the next fold. This helps your shirt keep its shape long term and makes it so that you can store your shirt upright and save space. This way of folding not only allowed me to save so much needed space, but also made it easier to see all of my clothes at once. I organized my clothes in drawers by separating them in the following categories: shirts I wear to school, shirts I wear at home, sweatpants, and jeans/other pants. This step took me two hours as well, but putting on a good show made the time pass quicker and I finished with a organized and decluttered closet and drawer space.
For lack of better words, Marie Kondo changed my room’s life with her effective organization method. This process in total took me about four hours and although I had excruciating pain in my back, I’m just glad my room is organized and I hope it stays that way. As a teenager I know it is hard to gather the energy to get up and tidy up your room, but if you just set aside a chunk of your time on the weekend you could start the week with a fresh room and mind.