We all have an inner Marie Kondo hiding somewhere deep under the piles of laundry and overstacked dishes. As the plates from my takeaway dinner still patiently wait in the sink, I realize we all need some inspiration.
And where’s a better place to look for it than to see some real-life examples from people who have their organizational skills up and running like a nuclear power plant?
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Get ready to browse through the soothing images of perfectly ordered pantries and shelves, through meticulous layouts and wonderfully neat rooms, and wardrobes, and storage boxes… and indulge in the calming effect of absolute order. These people do indeed make it look like transforming cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration is like a walk in the park, and I am up for it.
#1 I Standardized All My Storage Bins But Got Tired Of Unstacking/Restacking Every Time I Needed Something From The Bottom Bin. I Built This Rack So Each Bin Can Slide Out, And It Wastes Very Little Storage Space. What Do You Think?
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#2 My Wife Wanted A Custom Pantry So I Built Her One
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#3 I Have Major Depression. I’ve Heard Cleaning Up My Environment Helps. This Is My First Post, I’m Hoping To Become A Regular Poster Here
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There are two types of people—the ones that do everything they can to delay cleaning up their home up to the very end until they see a tumbleweed of dust heading from one corner to the opposite corner of the room, and another type of people who were born (or passionately learnt) loving organizing their space, and there’s just so much we can all learn from the latter.
So in order to find out how to take your first steps into the organized world and lifestyle that sparks joy, and leave all the chaos behind, Bored Panda reached out to Alice Bauer, a Konmari™ premium consultant who works in Switzerland and Austria.
“The best motivation to start is to envision yourself with your ideal lifestyle,” Alice stated. You may want to ask yourself: “How do you want to live? Picture this as precisely as possible with every detail. What kind of atmosphere should your home have? What do you want to see first when you wake up in the morning? What is your morning routine? What do you do for fun? Do you love to cook and like to cook for your friends in the future? How must your home be to support you best on a daily basis?”
#4 My Family Thinks I’m Crazy. Hopefully Some Of You Guys Will Appreciate My Setup
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#5 I Made A Wall Rack To Store/Display My Kid’s Monster Trucks. For Less Than 20 Bucks, I Used Curtain Rods And Checkered Flag Duct Tape
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#6 The Yarn Corner In My Craft Room Is My Happy Place
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This self-reflection is the beginning of radical tidying up, which is a lifestyle change, according to Alice. “Create a vision board and add adjectives to amplify how your ideal lifestyle should feel. Warm, light, open, or welcoming, cozy. I love to work with vision boards together with my clients so that they can come back to their vision whenever they feel like it.”
#7 Father-In-Law’s Power Tool Section In His Shop
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#8 Tool Shop Organization
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#9 I Finally Organised My Messy First Aid Cupboard!
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But Alice warns that tidying is a demanding process where you constantly make decisions about what to keep. “There are good days and you feel absolutely great, your self-esteem is high and you go smoothly with the flow; on the other hand, there are difficult days when you cannot motivate yourself properly and your goal is far away,” she explained.
“Then the magic of the vision board comes to play and reminds you exactly why you’re tidying. You want to change your life—somehow,” she added.
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#11 My Wife Lindsay Playing Some Switch After Setting Up The Game Room In Our New House
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#12 Are Garages Allowed? (Bay Area, Ca)
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Alice’s trick is to try and tidy up by category instead of location. “The majority of my clients all used to tidy by location, which in my opinion is nonsense. Instead, tidy by category so that you can get an overview of how many pairs of scissors you actually own. You cannot get how many you have if they are scattered all over the house.”
Moreover, when tidying up, you have to stay patient. First, you decide what to discard, and only after, you work with the items you’re left with. “After completing the sorting of all categories, you think about storing what you are left with. Not earlier. That will teach you how to be patient and patience is exactly what you need to finish the process.”
#13 I Finally Have My Craft Room Organized The Way I Want After Countless Failed Attempts Over The Last 2 Decades!
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#14 My Mom’s Craft Cabinet And Workspace
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#15 Just Moved Into A New House And Wanted To Show Off My Pantry Progress!
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If you’re on a lower budget, Alice recommends selling things you don’t want anymore on eBay, Etsy, or whatever is available in your location. “But pay attention. You will never sell everything you have planned to sell. I would suggest that you pick out a number of items to seriously sell. Reselling is time-consuming and needs effort. Good pictures need to be taken, a text has to be written, posting, answering inquiries. Think about this aspect carefully.”
“Until an item is sold, it is still lying in your house probably for weeks or months until you cannot see it anymore and just donate it,” Alice said and added that essentially, “someday never comes. Trust me, I know.”
#16 Recently Discovered My Favorite Way To Organize My Apps. Each Row Is A Category, With The Three Most Commonly Used Apps On The Right And Others In A Folder On The Left
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#17 Extra Cord Organization!
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#18 Rearranged My Mother’s Entire Summer Saree Collection. Not Perfect But I Love The Colors!
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#19 The Ultimate Shark Week First Aid Box
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#20 Crosspost From R/Konmari
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#21 Penguin Classics Collection, Found On Twitter
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#22 This Man Is My Hero. He Sorted Out A Sale Bin Of Candy. Found It Satisfying
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#23 I Don’t Have Much Closet Space For Linens In My Tiny Apartment So I Turned An Over The Door Shoe Holder In The Bathroom Into This!
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#24 My Husband Works In It And This Was His Project Today
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#25 My Wife Is Gone On A Work Trip. I Decided To Surprise Her By Cleaning The Garage. It’s Not A Top Notch Job, But I’m Happy With It. I Can’t Wait For My Wife To Get Home!
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#26 New Pantry
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#27 My Dad Just Finished Cleaning Our Kitchen So I Could Take A Photo And Share It Because He Was Jealous That I Showed My Mom’s Cottage Here. He Also Designed The Kitchen And Picked Everything Out
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#28 Created This “Work Command Center” For My Son Who Constantly Juggles Multiple Different Freelance Projects With Multiple Different Deadlines. Whiteboard Calendar Is Used To Keep Track Of Deadline Dates And Clip Boards Keep Track Of Notes And Updates On The Projects
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#29 Finally Organized My Kitchen After Weeks Of Being Too Depressed To Clean It
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#30 My Dad, Using Every Square Inch Of Our Small Garage For His Workshop, Has A Bunch Of Old Jam Jars With Their Lids Screwed Onto The Ceiling For Storage
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#31 The Pantry Of Dreams
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#32 I Was Told That This Subreddit May Enjoy My Most Recent Project
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#33 Mom Did This For Me
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#34 First Post (Be Kind!): Pantry Organization In My New Home
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#35 Baby Clothing Storage Idea
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#36 My Vertical Tea Station
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#37 Organizing The Spices With 3D Printing, A Pvc Board, And A Ton Of Labels
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#38 Organized My Baking And Pantry Items!
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#39 Vanity Spring Cleaning!
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#40 These Shelves Are From IKEA For Those Who Are Asking
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