Decluttering falls into that elusive, deceptively simple realm of things you want to do but can't seem to ever actually achieve, like losing weight or perfectly assembling IKEA furniture on the first try. It's that always-out-of-grasp feeling that's made the act a $16 billion industry, and turned organizing expert Marie Kondo's book into an international bestseller. Since The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up debuted in 2011, it's sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. People have clamored to copy her signature KonMari Method of tossing what doesn't "spark joy" in your life, fastidiously organizing everything that remains. Now, Marie's branching out beyond books, releasing her first product line — one that promises to reduce the clutter in your life, not add to it.
Marie's website, KonMari.com, is now taking preorders for its line of Hikidashi boxes — sleek, shallow-edged boxes in a few key sizes meant to restore order to your jumbled shelves. Marie's a big proponent of storing items vertically — part of her method involves folding clothes into little square packets, so they'll stand upright — and these containers help ensure that your shirts, sweaters, and undergarments stay in place. When you open the drawer, it's almost like looking into a filing cabinet — you can see little slivers of all of your clothes stored there at once. (You know, rather than sifting through the pile and grabbing whatever tee's on top, so you rarely ever wear anything below the second layer of shirts.)
Full disclosure: As someone who tried the KonMari Method back in 2016, I loved it ... until I took one shirt out of my tidy filing system and watched the ones surrounding it start to slouch. This may suggest my folding technique wasn't quite on point, since Marie says properly folded clothes should stand up on their own, but I probably would've kept up the practice if I had my clothes in little dividers, minimizing that grab-a-shirt domino effect.
In her book, Marie recommends using shoeboxes to get this effect, but as her method gained popularity in the U.S., she soon realized preserving and reusing cardboard boxes wasn't exactly common practice here. And, to many of her clients, their old boxes didn't "spark joy" for them to look at, violating one of Marie's key principles. So she set out to make some that people wouldn't consider an eyesore.
Each Hikidashi box set comes with six pieces, featuring two boxes in each of the three sizes Marie deemed best to storing clothes and accessories. They're named after the Japanese verb "to draw out," because — as Marie explained to HouseBeautiful.com — they're supposed to serve as the catalyst to get you organizing your home. Each one has a sleek, satiny finish, and they're lined with one of four designs on the bottom, all meant to make you putting away your laundry feel like less of a chore.
At $89 a set, they're not cheap, but they do come with a bonus: Access to the KonMari Tidying Series, an online guide to mastering her method. (And maybe, in my case, finally getting those folds right.) You can preorder the boxes at KonMari.com, and they're expected to start shipping in mid-September.
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