Marie Kondo is a prominent figure in the organisation world, as anyone who’s not been living under a rock the last few years knows.
The Marie Kondo method has even earned itself a name—Kondoing—and it’s a strategy used by organisation lovers everywhere. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo’s book, is increasingly popular, selling upwards of 8 million copies and earning her guest appearances on several shows, and even her own TV series. Viewers subscribe to her methods and produce inspiring results.
Are you looking for ways to tidy up your home? If so, starting with the kitchen is a fantastic idea. As the heart of your home, and a place you spend time at least once a day, the kitchen is an excellent place to begin Kondoing your living quarters.
Keep reading to see what the organisation queen herself would do in your shoes.
Eliminate “word pollution”
What does word pollution mean in this context? Here, it’s referring to the labels of boxes and bags in your pantry and cupboards.
All those words lend themselves to a cluttered feeling. There’s rice here, cereal there, bags of beans in every corner of your cabinet. Take a look at your pantry items and see where you can cut down on the clutter by pouring these items into transparent (perhaps even glass) containers.
See-through containers allow you to easily spot the items you’re looking for, as well as increase the amount of space and reduce the unsightly look of various-coloured labels. It’s a win-win-win.
Organise your kitchen tools
Now that you’ve tidied up your food, it’s time to switch gears and take a look at your utensils.
What do you use every day? Keep those around. Whatever you haven’t used in the last year or more, chances are you’ll never use, so it may be time to donate.
Go through items by categories (a Kondo favourite), such as eating supplies, cooking supplies, and larger appliances.
Try to remove any clutter that’s on your countertops, storing items in drawers. Keep appliances in their cabinets and out of sight, only bringing them out as needed.
Similarly, rid your shelves of any extra dishes, especially those on the bottom that never get touched. Do you have a dish set that genuinely sparks joy? Keep it and use it every day—and donate the others.
Do a deep-clean, then regular spot cleaning
Having a tidy space allows you to focus. You know what you’ve got, and you’re ready to use it. The same goes for cleanliness—in addition to being clutter-free, Marie Kondo highly advocates for being clean.
As you’re making your way through your kitchen, begin deep-cleaning shelves, cabinets, even the top of your fridge. Start high and get lower, allowing dust and grime to settle below, and then catch it from the bottom. Sweep, then mop.
After you’ve deep-cleaned your space, keep a regular cleaning schedule (at least once a week), and spot clean after every meal.
How else can you Marie Kondo your kitchen?
Don’t stop with this list—keep Kondoing away at your kitchen, making changes that bring about clarity and reduce unsightly clutter. Remember to regularly ask yourself if certain items spark joy, as the answer could provide a lot of insight.
Your kitchen should be a space of joy, and by following the advice of Marie Kondo, its newfound organisation will be a sense of pride and peace.
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