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tidying up with marie kondo in quarantine

It wasn’t that long ago that Marie Kondo’s tips and tricks for maintaining a tidy home became ingrained into our pop culture. Many viewers of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo likely found a lot of peace in keeping only that which kept them joy. However, now that the world is facing a pandemic and self-isolating at home, how is the best-selling author and Netflix star coping and is she also tidying up in quarantine?

With a large portion of the population quarantining at home, things may get a bit more cluttered than usual. And that’s understandable considering it’s an unprecedented time and people’s homes have turned into the primary workspace for so many. Amid all that’s going on, Marie Kondo reveals the various ways that she keeps her mind calm. Yes, it includes cleaning. Here’s what Kondo told Shondaland about keeping the order while in quarantine:

There is so much going on around us with the news and everything feels so cluttered and it’s a lot to deal with. So, now more than ever before, I try to appreciate what’s closest to me and that means my home environment. I try to keep it as tidy and calm as possible, of course. And my relationship to my family and the conversations we have are very important to me as well. I try to be as mindful about those aspects as possible, and also to take the time to check in with myself so that I can maintain a calm perspective in life.

It’s definitely more important than ever to tidy up and keep spaces as clutter-free as possible. Personally, decluttering offers some peace of mind in these times and Marie Kondo has the right idea about being “mindful” of your space and of family time.

Still, it can be hard to focus and achieve that sense of calm during self-isolation. Luckily, Marie Kondo has some advice for how she handles and copes with letting things go in order to achieve a sense of calm during the pandemic and it starts with tidying up the mind. Here’s how she puts it:

Whenever I feel that my emotions are wild or there is negativity or anger, even despair and sadness, I try to analyze what is causing those emotions as much as possible. My method of choice is writing everything down in a notebook, or a sketchbook, or it can just be a big piece of paper. I want to understand why I’m feeling this way and learn about it in order to confront it. If I know exactly why something has been bothering me, it’s easier to verbalize my feeling and that gives me a sense of comfort and allows me to let go of a lot of things. I think it’s not knowing that gives us a lot of anxiety, so our awareness helps a lot.

The author and Netflix star is currently doing a book tour via Zoom to promote her latest published work, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life. Marie Kondo is poised to return to the streaming service with her new show, Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo, which is set to premiere at some point in 2021.

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is currently streaming on Netflix. For more on what to watch, be sure to check out our 2020 summer premiere guide.

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