If you haven’t heard of Netflix’s new breakout star, Marie Kondo: Tidying Up, then you’re missing out on the latest tidying up, organization craze! You might wonder, what does Marie Kondo’s methods have to do with fitness? The answer is a lot!
If you are always rushing, always feeling overwhelmed then it’s hard to feel motivated to exercise and eat healthy food. Let’s say you can never find your workout clothes or are missing a shoe – then it’s an easy way to have an excuse not to exercise.
We’ll go over some of Marie Kondo’s world famous tidying up techniques and how that relates to how you can achieve your fitness goals, feel confident and thrive. We love everything Marie Kondo including Marie Kondo paper organizing and her method, the Marie Kondo folding towels method to help deal with clutter.
First of all, who is Marie Kondo and what is this tidying up method that everyone is talking about?
On a side note, Marie Kondo generated some drama when she recommended getting rid of most of your books, which we disagree with. The more books the better!
Who is Marie Kondo?
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant who developed the KonMari Method, which consists of gathering everything one owns by category and keeping only those things that “spark joy.” Kondo’s method transcends the typical “tidying how-to,” as it aims to cultivate a lifestyle that encourages one to cherish the things that bring true joy–a refreshing alternative to today’s mass consumer society. Marie Kondo has her own family, children and husband so she understands having to juggle her family responsibilities.
Marie has captured her years of consulting experience in her best-selling books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, which have sold over seven million copies worldwide, been published in more than 40 languages, and been listed as a New York Times’s bestseller for 99 weeks.
Marie Kondo even has the KonMari method and has a team of consultants that you can contact to help tidy your own home. Marie Kondo blog is one you should look at too. The Marie Kondo blog shares stories from Marie and has a vibrant Marie Kondo community.
So now let’s connect her thoughts to fitness…
The Health Benefits of Being Organized
According to Bustle, there are at least five main health benefits to being organized (which is what Marie Kondo preaches).
- Boosts Your Energy
- Leads To Better Eating Habits
- Improves Your Sleep Habits
- Reduces Stress And Make Us Happier
- Lowers Your Heart Attack Risk
So now that we have outlined some obvious benefits to being organized, let’s look at Marie Kondo’s tips that will help you with your fitness and health goals. In previous interviews, Kondo has said that some of her clients have even lost weight or had their skin clear up, possibly due to the “detoxifying” effects of purging your home.
5 Tips for Using KonMari
If you want to start using the KonMari method, follow these five tips to get started.
- Tidy All at Once – don’t just dedicate yourself to one room, focus on the whole house
- Visualize the destination – really think of the goal of what you want your house to be, not just I want a clean house, moreso I want this to feel like a spa or a joyful place
- Determine if the item “sparks joy” – Sparks joy really means does this item make you happy. If not, toss it.
- Tidy by category, not location – If you’ve watched the first episode of her Netflix show, you’ve seen all the clothes, from every room, piled onto the bed. Organize all the clothes, once done, move on to the next category.
- Tidy In Order – Kondo has developed a precise order in which to tidy up your house and life
- Komono (Misc. stuff)
KonMari Guide and Checklist
Looking for a Marie Kondo KonMari Checklist? Livible has developed a thorough KonMari checklist that you can access.
Organizing Your Active Wear Clothes (Storage Tips)
While you learn Marie Kondo order of things, here’s a great article from Shape Magazine, actually featured Marie Kondo’s folding techniques (specific to active wear) and has a great video that everyone should watch. As you mentioned, when looking at your clothes Marie Kondo asks, “Does this spark joy?” so from a fitness perspective, do you feel comfortable in your clothes? Are they too tight or too loose? During this fitness journey, you do need to find clothes that spark joy.
In our article, 46 CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR FITNESS NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS, tip #19 is Buy New Workout Clothes so we included it right here:
Buy New Work Out Clothes
A fresh perspective needs new clothes. We all know that feeling of slipping into new clothes, so go shopping and buy some great new work out clothes and hit the gym.
We love everything Under Armour.
For women: Under Armour Women’s Tech Twist V-Neck
OK back to Marie Kondo, here’s a video where Marie shares her hacks for organizing activewear.
Marie Kondo’s Guide to Organizing Activewear (from Shape)
While you may know Marie Kondo folding towels or organizing papers, you can apply Marie Kondo methods to how to organize shirts and activewear.
- Lay every legging, shirt, sock, and sports bra out in front of you. Then, decide which articles “spark joy.” For those that don’t, you should donate, give away, or throw out if they look too worn.
- Fold each item and stack them—vertically, not horizontally—so you can easily see every article and reach for your favorite. This cuts out that annoying “where’s that shirt?” digging time, and also helps you make sure that you use everything you have.
- Use boxes to store items that come unfolded easily, such as leggings, running shorts, and sports bras. Ditch the box lids, so it’s easy to see everything inside.
- Store smaller objects (such as hair bands and socks) in drawers.
A side affect of going through all your clothes is perhaps you see an article of clothing that reminds you of when you were fit or were inspired or just feeling great during that time in your life. I bet that clothing sparks joy in you and will help motivate you in your fitness journey.
So you are sold in giving Marie Kondo’s KonMari method a try, now what? Well you can definitely watch her show Tidying Up on Netflix, but if you prefer reading or listening to a book/audiobook, we’ve reviewed her two most popular English books.
Marie Kondo Book Reviews:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
The #1 New York Times bestselling guide to decluttering your home and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
We love especially her methods on: Marie Kondo folding towels and Marie Kondo paper organizing, which we have troubles with and the Marie Kondo method has helped us out on. Just think about how much paper clutter you have so the Marie Kondo tidying papers method will help you with that alone.
My friend recommended that I read this book and invited me to a facebook group with hundreds of others putting the KonMari method into practice. It was the first type of book that I read on organizing and since that has always been a passion of mine, I loved it! I also learned a much better method for folding clothes to fit vertically in the drawer which I LOVE! I was able to move most everything out of my closet and into my drawers. Marie Kondo folding towels is amazing. It’s surprising how much more fits doing it that way. I actually look forward to folding laundry now too. It’s so much fun!
I have since recommended this book to many others. My sister in law just finished it and has already done the first part of going through the clothing. She said she really started to get clear on her ‘joy spark’ meter. I know this book has influenced me in many ways. I am already seeing MAGIC as I focus more on bringing items that spark joy into my home and surroundings.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)
The follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, from the star of the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life. Marie Kondo organizing papers method is really helpful to deal with paper clutter. There is a Marie Kondo order for everything it seems so pick up this book.
“. . . the organization expert who dazzled the world with her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is back with more spirit-rousing advice.”
“Just in time to make good on your New Year’s vow to get organized.”
— The Washington Post
“. . .perhaps the world’s only decluttering celebrity.”
— The New York Times
“If the first book was merely an introduction to Kondo’s radical philosophy, known as the KonMari method, the new one goes deep into the details . . . the result is inescapable: a home, and a vision of life, that truly sparks joy.”
“If you wanted more from her first book, this is what you’ve been waiting for.”
While we’re at it, if you’re looking for affordable, yet durable home organization units, we recommend, Simple Houseware Closet Underwear Organizer.
Just for fun, here’s Marie Kondo teaching Ellen Degeneres how to get organized on the Ellen Show!
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