Marie Kondo, what is new in 2021.

Judith Guertin Posted in Getting Organized

Will it "Spark Joy" for you?

Marie Kondo, what is new in 2021.

It was two years ago today that Barbara Hemphill and I had a discussion in the Productive Environment Network™ about Marie Kondo and the KonMari method. Yesterday in the mail, I received an ad from one of my favorite stores, The Container Store. Guess who has a new line of products at the Container Store? Yes, Marie Kondo.


Here are some of my thoughts:


1. Her products are simple and have clean lines.
2. The Container Store made a brilliant business decision in offering a line of her products.
3. I wonder how many of her products will end up as the part of the overwhelm for people who ignore the advice of the organizing community to wait to purchase containers until they complete all the other steps in the organizing process.

  • First, get rid of the unused, broken, worn out, no longer needed items.
  • Also, ask yourself how many of a similar item you need.
  • Decide where you will use the items; point of use should relate to the point of storage.
  • Measure, measure, measure. Did I mention you should measure before you buy ANY storage containers?
  • If you suffer from bright shiny object syndrome, these products will be hard to resist. They will probably answer Marie's question: "Do they spark joy?"

4. In our "more is better" life, let's take a moment to pause, and go back to the beginning.

  • Pare down your possessions, look at what you have left, ask yourself what do you really NEED?
  • Decide where you will put what you have now.
  • When you are in a store or online and you put something in your cart, ask yourself, where will I store this? If you don't know the answer to this question, you are adding to your CLUTTER.
  • Does it need a container? Remember, a closet or a drawer may be all you need. Closets and drawers are containers too.
  • Do you have something you own now that you can repurpose for these items?
  • If you consider buying these containers or any others, how many do you need?
  • What sizes do you need?
  • Do you have a one in, one out rule? Buy something new and let go of something else you have. Keep the piles from building up.
  • Boxed clutter is still clutter! Remember, Barbara Hemphill tells us: Clutter is postponed decisions­©. Keep what you love, what "Sparks Joy" and yes, get the containers, but only if they fit with your vision, and won't become part of the problem. 

5. Don't feel compelled to buy something new before you take the time to outline your process.

  • Too many times, I meet with a new client and the biggest source of clutter are the containers they bought BEFORE going through the process outlined above.
  • So often, they do not fit the shelf or closet we purchased them for, see number 3 Measure!
  • Another issue is the container is not the correct size for what you want to put in them. Again, I refer you to number 3... Please, measure first!


My discussion with Barbara from two years ago has many golden nuggets that still apply today. See the link below. It is only about 30 minutes long. Take some time for yourself today and watch. You will be so glad you did.
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