The Tidy up Movement and Why it Works

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Anyone who has a Netflix subscription has heard of the new Tidying Up craze that is sweeping the nation. From California to Vermont, families everywhere are attempting to declutter their homes and spark joy in their hearts. You may have coworkers suddenly looking at items on your desk and asking, “Does it bring you joy?” You may want to tell them to mind their own business and leave your stapler alone. Or you may want to know what exactly this new craze involves.

What exactly is this concept of “tidying up”? A quick art of tidying up summary is that it means reducing your material items to only those that bring you true joy and have a purpose in your everyday life. Anything else is just the beginning of a hoarding obsession. “Tidying up” also consists of techniques that will help you MAINTAIN a clean and organized home after you have done all the heavy lifting. Continual happiness, no clutter, and light on maintenance: sounds like a win-win for everyone.

Experiencing a freshly cleaned home with lots of clutter around is hard. TLC Cleaning can take out your trash but can’t decide for you what is trash. Check out our blogs on how to maintain the order once we get your house spic and span. You’ll appreciate the time you gain to enjoy your home and family.

So what’s the magic? Why all the hype? This method draws people in because it is very visual and quite attainable.

An Organizational Method That You Can Actually Visualize

If you think about it, you’ll recognize that we live in a highly visual society. We have screens everywhere, and we like to see everything. This love of all things visual plays into the new success of the KonMari method of tidying up. Not only do we hear that you can make changes, but we see it firsthand in Kondo’s show, turning many people into believers.

One of the tasks that Marie Kondo gives to people as they are tidying up is to put all of the related items together in a pile, so that you can come face-to-face with your clutter. This step is important because as a visual society, it triggers more of an emotional response when we see all of our items in a heap.

I mean, you might know you have a shopping problem when it comes to purses, but when you see that giant mound of Coach and Dooney & Burke staring back at you, that’s when you realize the extent of your issues. The same rules apply to clothing and toys. You might know you have a lot, but hey, out of sight, out of mind. Am I right?

In tidying up, Kondo states that you must touch each piece you are thinking of clearing out and ask yourself, “Does it bring me joy?” For example, if you are working through your shirts, you can visualize yourself in a top and decide right away if you love how you feel when you wear it or if you have it in your closet “just because you never know…”

Kondo argues that while this process can be laborious and time-consuming at first, you will eventually make progress. With practice and repetition, your question of “does it bring me joy” will be answered immediately after grabbing an item. This habit makes it easier to part with things that don’t bring joy.

It’s All About The Folding


Compared to other habits and processes, Marie Kondo’s tidying up practices make things highly accessible on a daily basis. One way that she accomplishes this is by her simple folding methods. Alas! We have been folding for decades. Why haven’t we been doing it her way?

Kondo believes that to spark joy and continuously keep your home clean, you need to be able to get to items quickly without having to disrupt too many other things. She folds pants, socks, shirts, and even tighty whities in a way that makes it easy to see everything in your drawer without having to move anything else to get to the one item you want.

This is genius! Think about how much time you spend folding clothes. Then think about all of the time you spend digging around in drawers looking for an outfit because everything has unfolded. The numbers might be astronomical. With the KonMari method of folding, every shirt, pant, and sock you have is at your disposal within seconds. You never have to rummage through clothes again. America is breathing a sigh of relief.



Who are we kidding? We spend hours upon hours watching organization shows, trying to find ways to declutter our homes, and hoping that our minds and lifestyles will follow suit. But realistically, many of those shows involve bringing in organizational experts, requiring a good chunk of money. Some professional organizing experts run upwards of $75 an hour, and that is a fact that most people cannot ignore.

But by reading Kondo’s book and watching her show, you can take declutter and organize your home without spending hundreds of dollars on a professional. This option leaves you feeling good about your home and keeps your wallet happy. She teaches us that we don’t need to go and spend a small fortune on organizational items just to fulfill our dreams of having a clean home.

We all know that feeling of walking through Target and finding so many fantastic boxes, bins, and baskets. You get super pumped up and excited about your new quest for orderliness. That is until your cashier gives you the total.

In reality, though, it shouldn’t have to be that expensive. And that is something that this tidying up craze is showing the world. Marie Kondo shows us that you don’t need to have boxes with fancy patterns or decluttering experts in your home to attain a peaceful, clutter-free life.

TLC Cling Helps With The Rest

Marie Kondo does a fantastic job at decluttering and helping you answer the question “Does this give you joy?” For the next step, the staff at TLC Cleaning can help you maintain the cleanliness. We are sure the grime in your bathtub doesn’t bring you joy, so let us take care of that. Carpet cleaning, dusting, deep cleaning? It brings us joy to serve you.

Our staff would love to help you maintain the progress that you achieved in creating a stress-free, clutter-free home. Call us today at (701) 412-3298 to get all of your cleaning questions answered.

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