If you have a Netflix account, you may have seen a popular series advertised to you called Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Like many people, I can’t stop talking about it. In fact, I’m obsessed. I bring up Marie Kondo’s tips any chance I get. My friends have probably gotten annoyed with me constantly asking them if something “sparks joy” in their life. Nevertheless, I implemented some of Kondo’s methods in my life, and maybe you should too.
Without going into extraneous details. Kondo’s methods for tidying include tackling items in categories: clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous (also referred to as “komono”), and sentimental. The purpose is to go through each category one at a time and all at once. For example, with your clothes, Kondo recommends taking every single item of clothing you own and put it in a giant pile. Then, take each item one at a time and ask yourself, “does this spark joy?”. Yes—keep it. No—thank it for its purpose and gently put it in a pile dedicated for purged items. Ideally, you would go through this process for each category. This process takes time (lots if you’re a hoarder like many people featured in the Netflix series), but in the end, you will begin to feel destressed and excited to enjoy your new, decluttered space.
However, there is one thing that Kondo does not touch on that I find very important—making your bed. Growing up, I was told to make my bed every single day. I probably made my bed 25% of the time at best. It wasn’t until I moved into my dorm freshman year of college that I started making my bed. The reason for that was because my roommate made her bed every day, and I didn’t want to seem like a slob to her. This created a habit, and I haven’t skipped a day since.
Now making your bed might be a stretch in terms of adding it to the list of the organization method, but it could be an effective way to continue to “spark joy” in your life. I would also argue that it can really tie together the organization of your bedroom. What’s the point of keeping everything organized if you’re going to have a messy bed?
For some, making your bed can be a meager task that is just often overlooked, or—if you’re like me—you’re just too lazy to do it. If you are this person, then I challenge you to do this. Make a to-do list one day with all the tasks that you need to get done. This can be anything from doing laundry, answering emails, going grocery shopping, mailing in a package, etc. At the top of that list write “make my bed”. When it’s time to start doing your tasks, let making your bed be the first thing you do. It’s such a simple task that goes a long way. You will feel accomplished afterwards and be ready to move on to the next thing you have to do.
This brings me to my point. Ever since I started making my bed every morning, I have become increasingly productive. Starting off the day with something small makes the larger tasks less daunting. The best part of it all, after a long day of work or school, you can enter your bedroom feeling relaxed knowing that your bed looks very neat after the effort you put into it that morning. Besides, beds are more comfortable when they are made.
If you are interested in learning more about Kondo’s organization method, you can watch the her Netflix series or read her book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.