How to Shop According to Master Organizer Marie Kondo

How to Shop According to Master Organizer Marie Kondo

Jennifer Hunter
May 31, 2015

You've probably heard of Marie Kondo, the thirty-year-old Japanese woman who has become a powerhouse of the home organization industry and sold two million copies of her book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." Aren't you wondering how she decides exactly what to bring into her home after all that decluttering is done? I found out.

She recently went shopping — of all places — at Anthropologie with The New Yorker to show us how it's done. Here's what she does.

Make a plan

She started with a plan or, as she calls it, a visualization of what she was hoping to buy. She says she tries to only shop when she needs a specific item and then target it specifically.

Touch Everything

The only way to know if something sparks joy (her signature phrase) for you is to touch it, but only touch what you're already drawn to, ie. don't consider trying on an item that doesn't make you want to touch it.

Go alone

Kondo usually shops alone since her opinion is really the only one that matters. Only she knows what sparks joy for her.

Only consider what works right now

Kondo sees no reason to buy something that will not fit at that moment. As she says, “I will only purchase what fits me. If I want to lose weight, I do that first, and then go shopping.”

When something works, pounce

Don't wait for it to go on sale lest you miss your chance. Since you are only buying have-to-have-them items, missing out is not an option.

Want to know what Kondo ended up buying at Anthropolgie? There are more savvy tips at The New Yorker.

And the book that started it all? We wrote about it:

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