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I am from Japan, that means my native tongue is Japanese, same as Marie Kondo, as known as KonMari.
She’s been on Japanese TV shows as far as I know… back in 2011 or so. In those TV shows, she often went to visit Japanese comedians’ houses to help them tidy-up. So yeah, it’s like Netflix show but Japanese version.
In those Japanese shows she said so many important, interesting and sometimes funny things on TV shows that made me go “WOW – that makes sense!” kinda stuff.
In this post I’d like to share with you. It’s a direct translation from me, I hope they will inspire you organizing your house!
Follow KonMari Method Order… 100%!
Situation : A Japanese pop idol was saying he did KonMari Method. He’s received a Trophy from music award…but it doesn’t spark joy. What to do?Konmari ” mmm….that case…. toss it, secretly ❤️” …it was funny the way she said, 😂 because it was very soft but…firm at the same time.
But it turned out, that he didn’t follow KonMari method order! So She said firmly,”You really need to follow the order, otherwise your decluttering will go wrong way.”
Folding Tip 1: Find the “Golden Points”
There are many different shapes of clothes. But they all actually have “Correct way of folding”.
It’s important to find a “Golden Point”, that you can fold as a rectangle shape. All the clothes are possible to become rectangle shape.
Folding Tip 2: Protect “Weak Area”.
Always put “weak part” inside to protect when you fold. Collars… hood….
Folding Tip 3 : Not Fold, but Roll.
When the fabric is thin, roll it rather than folding.
Folding Tip 4 : As flat as possible
When the fabric is thick, fold them as flat as possible.
Know the Bad Sign
If the cloth is uneven (not nicely flat), that mean you haven’t found the Golden Points on the clothes. Meaning, this is not a right way of folding the clothes.
Fold your clothes, always. Your storage space will become 3 times bigger.
When you see odd shapes of clothes, don’t get scared! Don’t flinch!
There must be Golden Points, you just need to find it. You can do it!
…The way KonMari said was just funny on Japanese show! lol. 😂 She said “Hiruma-nai!” 「ひるまない」… means Don’t Flinch / Don’t be scared. It was funny because we don’t use the term normally for ‘just folding clothes’. it was exaggerating, word to use it but made sense!
You know words can sound very funny when people use them in not normal situations? It was that case. 😂
If you leave some things that don’t spark joy, your house is going to be cluttered – again.
This quote leads to #17.
Do not store papers in Envelope.
When you organize papers, place them in a clear folder so you know what they are about.
It’s a slang that KonMari came up with, I think. Zen Sute =全捨て= means “Throw ALL away”.
In the TVshows her client kept old apartment’s contract. KonMari smiled and said ” old contract papers, …. papers are in general, ZenSute.” (smile again, innocently)
Unless—- papers you should keep are: A) Using Now B) You will need for a while C) permanently important
Other papers? They’re ZenSute.
Respect your Bras
KonMari calls Bra as “O-bra-sama.” lol 😂
In Japanese language, some cases we put “o” in front of a noun. That makes the word very polite sound. And, you call someone with “Sama” – that means high respect.
So, She’s calling Bra as highest respect, O-Bra-Sama.😂
Why does KonMari respect Bra so highly? It’s from the result from her organizatopm consultant experience.
According to KonMari, Bra is the most popular item that her clients start buying more, after they finished decluttering and organizing. Why? It’s because they feel so fresh, clean, beautiful living in a organized house now, that they start to feel like they want to look beautiful – from inside. That’s why they start buying nice bras.
Spark Joy – feel with heart, not with brains.
Items that are close to your heart is easy to know if they spark joy or not.
Someday you will read. The “day’ will never come.
From her experience, the day that you open the book and finish reading / studying, won’t come. Say Thank you to the book, and give to someone who really needs it.
Your belonging will “die”, if you stuff them in a cardboard boxes.
It’s because you can’t see what’s inside. You will forget about them. When you forget about stuff you own, basically it’s the same meaning that you don’t own them. They are simply going to die in a box.
When you are surrounded by things that spark joy, you will be mentally stable, your life is going to be brighter.
I hope these quotes encourage and inspire you! Thank you for reading 🙂