The Secret to De-Cluttering Your Life

Organization expert Marie Kondo is the force behind a new movement to help people declutter their homes and lives for good.
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Why are you asking me. "The life-changing magic of tidying up," just cleaning up a little bit. You can get your life in order by decluttering your home and she's known as the beyonce of organizer, one of "Time's" top 100 influential people. Dubbed Japan's queen of clean Marie Kondo is behind a new force gaininging momentum worldwide to declutter your house and life for good. In her "The New York times" best-seller, "The life-changing magic of tidying up," Kondo gives a step-by-step con marry internet mod in think of thises is a celebration. It's a one-time life event. You're examining things on the principle of joy. Does it bring me joy? If not, goes out. Reporter: A philosophy that "New York" magazine's design ed story thinks will transform us. She's very much about having a relationship in a very direct way with objects and coming to terms with the things that you actually need. Kurt Busch Kondo's method is easy. Start with your clothing. Move on to books, papers and finally the hardest area to tackle, the miscellaneous items like phone chargers and keys. You do not go room by room. You go category by category. Everything has its own space and its own life. Reporter: Depending on the size of your house the process can take around six months to complete. And a single person following the method can easily discard or donate 0 to 30 45-lighter bags of stuff. For a family of three closer to 70 bags. You will not end up doing major tidying again. Reporter: Goodman who had a consultation with Kondo in her home is slowly implementing the process. I'm very conscious of whether I really need something and I'm minimalizing. I'm buying less. Reporter: And says it's already fundamentally changed who she is as a person. It's a huge relief almost, the things that are left are the things I love. I definitely feel lighter. Here with me now style director at "Good housekeeping" magazine, Lori bergamotto Bergamo telling you this is my bible in the middle of it right now. I love it because it gives you permission. You can remove the guilt. If it gives you joy you can keep it. Exactly. It's life-changing, right? It really is. It begins with the clothing. So the difference here, the konmari method tells you to do, you just can't stand and say I'll get rid of that. You physically need to touch it so, Amy, we'll get started so the first step is you throw everything on the floor. We'll start here. And now, Amy, what I'm going to do is a, Amy, please touch this and decide to keep or toss. Does it spark joy? No, no joy. No joy. Joy? Nope. Okay. All right. So you kind of get the idea. What about this one? I've been doing this all day yesterday by the way. We'll keep that one. You wind up -- people are instagraming and tweeting they are getting rid of 30 and 40 bags of stuff. I'm among those ranks. How you store your clothes the ones you decided to keep is key. Paula is folding. I love to fold. Once you get your fears in order your whole life is in order. So Paula is going to show us how to fold. So socks. I'll do a shirt. You can't lay flimsy material on top of flimsy material. You're not respecting the piece. Make it nice and taut, rectangular. And you can see everything you have this way. Vertical storage is key. No more of laying things on top of each other. I like it. Want to scan each piece as soon as you open and fit more. I got rid of my dresser and fit everything I had nye closet now. No more -- You can roll then or fold them then you know how they get baggy at the top, they don't anymore. I love it. Clothing is one thing, the harder thing is getting rid of the miscellaneous and sentimental. You have to build up your backbone to decide does this spark joy. When you take out photos, you wind up reducing them by 30% and keeping five photos per each special event. That's a really good way to look at it. Tough. We have the cloud too. We have the cloud. Yes, start scanning things and putting them right in the cloud. I'm with you. All right, Lori, I'm rolling up my sleeves again this afternoon.

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