Marie Kondo shares tricks to get organized in the new year on 'GMA'

The bestselling author of "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" helps ABC News' Kayna Whitworth declutter her guestroom and shares her expert organization tips and tricks.
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Transcript for Marie Kondo shares tricks to get organized in the new year on 'GMA'
Back now on "Gma" and backstage in my dressing room we're talking about the queen of clean, Marie Kondo, she's showing us how to transform our homes starting with ABC's kayna Whitworth. Hello. I am Marie Kondo. Reporter: She's the queen of neat and the best-selling author of the life changing magic of tidying up and now she's living room in her new Netflix series, she's decluttering homes. I'm so excited because I love this. Reporter: And turning them into organized and serene living spaces. Wow. Reporter: To see how she works her magic she came over to tackle my messy guest room closet. Not the worst. Reporter: Her method always starts with clothes. What to keep and what to toss. I found a Christmas skirt. What's that? What am I doing? This is all your stuff. Kondo says you need to take a hard look at your wardrobe, touch and examine each item and keep only the things that spark joy. No joy. I wore this on our first date. So obviously, yes. I can't get rid of that. Reporter: Before discarding anything, be sure to thank it. Thank you, pants. When that's done putting clothes back involves her signature folding technique. It seems complicated at first but it maximizes space. So the goal is for you to fold it so the items actually stand up. Reporter: Known as the konmari method, everything gets the once over, clothing, books, papers, everything. What is that? If you don't know what it is you can probably get rid of it. After only a week I had our house in much better shape. So organized. I can see them all. What is wrong with us Americans that we need so much stuff? Translator: There's a lot of different reasons but for one that's for sure, your house is huge. Our house is huge compared to a typical Japanese home? Translator: Typical Japanese home is about the size of this living room. How do you feel when you leave a family knowing that you have changed their life and really their relationship? Translator: There's nothing more happier than hearing them that their life changed. Reporter: For "Good morning America," kayna Whitworth, ABC news, Los Angeles. Thank you, kayna. With me now in my dressing room is "Good housekeeping" style director Lori bergamotto. So, Lori, we want to put some of Marie's tips to the test right here right now. Exactly. So her main component is whether or not the item sparks joy so I'm going to let you look through some of your clothes here and you're already pretty organized dressing room. You're very nice. It's a look for -- take each piece, pick it up. I love it. This brings me joy. That's going to stay. This does not bring me joy. I never wear it. You thank it for its service. Thank you so much. And put it in your donation bin and hopefully someone else will love it. That's different with this method. I would keep it because maybe someday I'll wear it. It's not about what you might keep. What you might wear in two years but whether or not it brings joy. I'll do that of at show. Organization also one of her huge points and you say folding is key. It is so this is vertical folding. This might look different to people at home who are used to layering on top. I stack my jeans. Fold each sleeve in. Okay. You do one, I'll do one. This is how I fold then a little triangle. The idea you're folding each piece more and again and again until it stands vertically. I would think it would expand and take more space. It doesn't and allows you to see everything. This connection between your material things and your inner surroundings. Find your joy. Lose your clutter. Spark it. Stay after the show. We got work to do. Thank you so much, Lori. Thank you, Marie. This month's issue of "Good housekeeping" out now. Get more tips on goodmorningamerica.com. When Y We are gloomy at the empire

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