| by Kenneth Chase | 69 comments

I Marie Kondo Tidied My Apartment – Organizing Closet, Desk, and Kitchen using KonMari Method


Tidying up with Letitia Kiu. I powered
through the entire season of tidying up with Marie Kondo and it was phenomenal. Now we’re not gonna make a mockery of this. While I do love my home I’m not going to
be greeting it and making a joke out of Marie Kondo because I truly respect her
views. But we are gonna respect her teachings and follow all five rules of
the KonMari art of tidying up. First step, clothes. I did a closet clean up
video pretty recently, and the closet has been in pretty good state. I am going to
go through each item and make sure that it sparks me joy. This Wilfred tank top
that has giant gaping holes, and I have too much back fat for, I’m going to say
thank you, goodbye. And you have taught me that I cannot wear clothes like this,
because I have so many rolls in my back. Now I am a product of immigrant parents,
and if you know immigrant parents you’ll know that they do not throw things away.
My mom has little Sephora sample containers that she does not throw out.
Bless my immigrant parents. I really understand that, you know, they worked so hard to get this life that they deserve, and it’s hard for them to let go of
things that they were not privy to when they were younger. Me, an ungrateful
second generation child, feels none of that. I have no problems throwing things
out and in fact I feel joy when I clean out things, and purge. It got to the
point where I was helping my parents clean out their house for renovations and
there was so many years of junk, and I was throwing things out but my mom would go through the garbage bag that I threw out to make sure that I didn’t throw
away anything, and pulled out most of the things I have thrown out. Thank you. Thank you. Closet sale coming near you. Thank you.
Thank you. Thank you. These were my favorite for a long time.
Thank you. Now, I will not be cleaning Stef’s side of the closet because so help
me God, I speak up a lot about emotional labor in order to anticipate the needs
of all the people in our lives and these are things that a lot of men don’t have
to go through. And Stefan has been going through a lot of deep training of
emotional labor so he knows that this is not my responsibility and I accept that.
And I’m okay with this being left like this, because it is not my job to take
care of him. Thank you. If my five years of retail has taught me
anything, is to fold. Ooh Marie taught us to do a bag within a bag and this is
what I’m gonna do. In my closet clean up video, I folded my entire drawer and
redid everything again, but if you look I can’t find anything unless I peel up
each and every layer and this is what I learned from Marie. And you know what doesn’t spark me joy?
Bras! Now she says that bras are very important, and that you shouldn’t smush
the cups but you know what I think? It’s time for me to just get rid of my bras.
I mean I’ll keep a couple but I’m gonna keep them in a secondary, where the tops
are. Yoga gives me lots of joy so I am going to put yoga as a top priority in
this drawer. Okay I spent the whole day here. The sun has gone down.
It’s 5:30. I’m clocking out for the day All right, day two. This is the whole reason why I was doing this Marie Kondo my condo
project is because I got a new desk and this desk has a lot of storage and I
have our second closet here. So this is the second bedroom and it’s my office
and the second closet barely closes. This second closet is jam-packed of
tools, craft supplies, fabric, clothes that I know I need to save for next closet
sales. We have a box of our files in there that I need to move into here. It
actually got so bad that recently, we were in this room and we were like why
does this smell so heavily of paint. Why do I smell, it’s so chemically. It’s smells
like solvent in here. And then we’re trying to find the source of it, and then
realize that we have an open can of like wd-40 and it like all the stuff that was
piled on top was squishing it and so it was slowly leaking out aerosol spray. So
I’m actually very excited. We’re skipping step two because we don’t have books. We only have like this many books. We’re moving straight into step three, which is
papers, and I guess miscellaneous office things. Time to pile things on and then
say thank you, and see what sparks me joy. Papers first, one step at a time. I’m not
gonna be like that lady that refused to follow Marie’s rules and was like I’m
gonna go straight to what I think is right. I’m gonna, I’m gonna commit and I’m gonna follow Marie’s rules. I’m watching the episode right now with
Sameeta and her husband, and I really feel for her. I feel like I can’t relate
whatsoever but I understand her frustration. This is exactly what my
parents go through. My parents are always arguing about this, where my if my mom
wants to buy anything new my dad will be like, why do you need that you don’t need
that. When you’re both so frustrated at each other, it’s like well she’s not
gonna listen to you, she’s obviously gonna buy it. But then she obviously
also doesn’t need it, and she doesn’t respect your decision. I told my dad this
all the time but the way that you approach her is not the not the way that’s gonna
get her to listen. I don’t know, it makes me think about Stefan and I. I don’t
think it’s fair to compare ourselves with other couples, but I guess we’re
really laid-back. Like, we’ve never argued about money. We’ve never argued about
throwing things out around the house, and organizing the home. He definitely needs
to clean more, and help out around the house more, and like the other couple
that was like the guys like I’m a catastrophizer. I am a huge
catastrophizer. So it actually is a lot harder for me to reflect and be like, oh
wait our relationship is good. I just wanted to take this time to acknowledge
it right now, before I forget because Marie is teaching me a lot of deep
thoughts and me cleaning my desk is making me think of my relationship with
Stefan and how sometimes I should be a little bit more grateful that I have
things a lot easier than I think it is. I’ve had this folder since I was a kid,
and I will never throw it out. When I look at this, I feel immense joy. Went out
for a bit. I just came home, and I am going to do step 4. Komono, which is
kitchen, bath, miscellaneous…garage, but we don’t have a garage. Okay, all this is for donation. Christmas decorations. This, and this. Finally get rid of this box. It feels so good. We just did cooking yesterday, so
it’s a bit of a mess in the kitchen. So rule number five was sentimental
items, and the only sentimental items I have all fit in this box. And this is
rule number five done. Like three and a half days? I’m surprised it took that
much because I am a purger, and throughout the year, I do love to get rid
of things. But apparently there were still things I didn’t say goodbye to. My
heart is full of joy and this room in particular, I’m very excited about
because I’m doing an office renovation of this room. I just have to desk done,
but I have other things to put up like backdrop systems and art. So that’s
that. Marie Kondo you kicked my ass!

69 Comments

Pastel Julia

Jan 1, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

Yess! Who else watched this show on Netflix????

(Btw I also make videos❣️)

H M

Jan 1, 2019, 8:07 pm Reply

I literally just subbed a minute ago based off the decorating your room vid with the sorry girls. I love stuff like this.

Juniors World

Jan 1, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

I just saw Marie Kondo on Netflix and I started watch videos of her on YouTube my house is already clean and all in place

Lyndall Conley

Jan 1, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

Haha the back fat! i had that EXACT thought when i wore my singlet top running this morning. Made me giggle. (Not sure if you call it a singlet in the states?? Think it's a tank? – I'm in Australia)

nomaichi

Jan 1, 2019, 8:31 pm Reply

i recognised those chocolates ;)))))

lol that ending XD

There She Goes

Jan 1, 2019, 8:31 pm Reply

LOL bras don't spark me joy either ?. Let them boobies breathe!!! Btw I really need to do that triangular folding method thing!!

nomaichi

Jan 1, 2019, 8:33 pm Reply

also lol @ the story about your mom fishing out the stuff you meant to throw away.. bless your parents lol

Brandy Burch

Jan 1, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

I’ve been doing the same thing!!! Your place looks so good!

byiida

Jan 1, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply

these organize with me videos are my biggest guilty pleasure atm and i really enjoyed this one! the tv show is doing a lot of good i feel like, spreading information about mindfulness and allll that!

Naomi Leanage

Jan 1, 2019, 9:36 pm Reply

Loved the way you filmed this girl! This video sparked so much joy in my life!!

Alexa Likes

Jan 1, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

Haha my backrolls are deeper than yours?. I've read the book and it definitely helped propel me forward in my decluttering journey, but the show is another matter all together.

It's super focused on sububran American households who predominently shop at walmart/costso/ target. It plays a lot on the American dream. They tried to spin it into family therapy. I guess single people who keep things are hoarders, but cheery cookie-cutter families can call Kondo.

I found the scenes with children automatically loving her odd and contrived, like producers were trying to make viewers be like "oh look, she's already a part of the family". I know most tv is fake, but there was something odd in it. I blame a lot of that on the producers' direction. That being said, I enjoy decluttering videos on YouTube way more than on the show – that's for sure.

LussyCakes

Jan 1, 2019, 2:09 am Reply

Where's your necklace from? It's so cute!

Wanda Loca

Jan 1, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

I love to watch this!… I don't have netflix or a good computer or a good cellphone XD… so I'm going to tell my friend if she wants to invite me to watch the show… she gets so attached to things, clothes mostly… Thanks for sharing, sweet Letitia!!!! :D… <3

Lindsay Heath

Jan 1, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

When you held up the Sailor Moon folder my heart stopped!
I was crossing my fingers you’d keep it! ?

Tony mmm

Jan 1, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

Looks good i done the same

TeacupTempest

Jan 1, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

Your Sailor Moon folder takes me back to my stack of "How to draw manga" books on my desk. I never use them anymore but looking at the art in it brings me immense joy.

lorne baird

Jan 1, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

love this! Thank you for this video!

elizabeth

Jan 1, 2019, 3:49 am Reply

I also was inspired to clear out some of the things that no longer bring me show because of Marie's tv show, so exciting to see so many people using her method!

Minh Luu

Jan 1, 2019, 5:06 am Reply

That leg kick! ?

ktonlai

Jan 1, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

This is like… practical ASMR.

lianaloves

Jan 1, 2019, 6:28 am Reply

Hi Letitia! Where is the organizer with the drawers on your desk from? I love it!

ttjnaaa

Jan 1, 2019, 7:28 am Reply

OK. The house of my parents with my immigrant mother is STUUUUFFED with things she can't throw away. I fear the day she is not here anymore and I will have to go through all of that stuff…
And I think yours was the best episode of the Marie Kondo series 😀

greentellamonster

Jan 1, 2019, 7:30 am Reply

Your makeup looks great!

Mauna Pearlstein

Jan 1, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

Haha! My mom takes my giveaways too.

itsteamdimples

Jan 1, 2019, 3:37 pm Reply

Wow I have seriously always stood by that immigrant parent thought, it's so true! My parents, especially my mom, KEEP EVERYTHING. Even when I HAVE BOUGHT IT my mom doesn't want me to throw it out! (I still live at home and she loves to peak at the things I want to take to Value Village lol) Loved this video, makes me wanna clean haha

jessyan1016

Jan 1, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

Girl, I was waiting for your pile of clothes on top of the bed & now I feel deceived ?!
P.S: I also have folders from my childhood but not in such a neat condition as yours ??

SmileKidOFMusic

Jan 1, 2019, 5:56 pm Reply

Love that you brought up being an child of immigrants

Daisy Rocha

Jan 1, 2019, 8:06 pm Reply

I almost got emotional when you were talking about the patterns a lot of immigrant parents have about not throwing things away. I am 1st gen and easing my way into minimalism, this really hit home for me! Sometimes I get frustrated with the amount of "junk" they keep without considering the context of their upbringing and understanding the deeper meaning behind material items for them. Thank you for sharing that bit, loved the video!

Valerie Pill

Jan 1, 2019, 8:49 pm Reply

okay but the main question is — what’s with the way you’re wearing socks?? i need to know Letitiaaaaaaa

Jasmine Pobre

Jan 1, 2019, 8:58 pm Reply

Omg I relate so hard when you started talking about your parents

roussille

Jan 1, 2019, 11:12 pm Reply

I don't agree with Marie Kondo, but I love you so I watched this! haha

Catherine Andrews

Jan 1, 2019, 1:13 am Reply

Where is your dresser from? It's so cute & totally my style!

Alexia Lilly

Jan 1, 2019, 2:33 am Reply

I love this video! and yes! you have no responsibility to take care of his stuff and clean/tidy for him. I’m so happy you said that!

BM xx

Jan 1, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

Whenever I move to another city/country for my studies, I go through everything I have. It has become so easy for me to throw things away that sometimes I fear I might throw away emotional things, so, to see that you keep everything in this little box makes me feel better and less anxious

Divya

Jan 1, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

thank you for stating that you respect Marie's views and would not make a mockery of her views. I definitely have been sad that a lot of people don't respect her Shinto (I think its called Shinto) views and call it "hoakey". Also loved the tidying up video!

Gemma Louise G

Jan 1, 2019, 6:45 am Reply

I loved this video so much! i especially loved you talking about emotional labour, i think thats a really important lesson xx

Denise Sheehan

Jan 1, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

Oh my, yes immigrant parents who had gone through the war keep EVERYTHING!

Kirsten Arndt

Jan 1, 2019, 2:14 pm Reply

I’m also a child of an immigrant mom and she does the same. We just cleaned out her basement a few months ago and she went through every single trash bag and took out almost everything. If that sparks joy for her though, may as well let her keep it!

freshnewday

Jan 1, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

Wow, nicely done!

goldfish&snake

Jan 1, 2019, 6:29 pm Reply

lolol when you thanked the tanktop for what it taught you I dieddd

Avis Ballard

Jan 1, 2019, 7:27 pm Reply

Your results look great! I need to watch the show.

Ben Benn

Jan 1, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

I am sorry that i laughed so much watching your videos, you gives me joy tho.. btw i love your room 😀

Estefanía Campero

Jan 1, 2019, 7:52 pm Reply

I love the fact that even you who are so into fashion don’t own a huge amount of clothes, and that seem so relatable for me,you are always so sincere in your videos. ?

Lynneth Solis

Jan 1, 2019, 10:17 pm Reply

Great! where did you get the clear box for your sentimental items?

Caroline Brown

Jan 1, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

This is such a wonderful, thoughtful take on a trendy topic. I love how you brought education and nuance to this video in such natural ways.

Kit C

Jan 1, 2019, 3:20 am Reply

omg why you throwing out that Wilfred tank??? can i have it??

Kittie Woodheath

Jan 1, 2019, 4:01 am Reply

My parents aren't immigrants, but they are the children of Great Depression generation parents. The STUFF they KEEP OMG! After my mom passed away, my dad, brother, and I went through her stuff. She kept junk mail, grocery lists, and paint chips in folders that also contained trivial things like medical records and birth certificates. So yeah, I get the packrat patent thing so hard.

Queen Mary Bella

Jan 1, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

Lol you had me laughing so much

kelley lau

Jan 1, 2019, 7:11 am Reply

Where is your skirt from that you wore in the beginning? So cute!

Denise Carter

Jan 1, 2019, 3:36 pm Reply

First off you are too skinny for back fat. Also I loved how respectful you were of your parents. Mine grew up in the depression and though I understood their need to keep it also frustrated me. And when they died all of it was left to family to get rid of. A huge task that they could have made a lot easier. I’m 67 and I am getting rid of most of my own stuff so the kids won’t have that same job.

margaret sofocleous

Jan 1, 2019, 5:50 pm Reply

My hall closet does not work or spark me joy at the moment. I split my house into zones and the February 1st is hall and dining room. So no more procrastination. I have to reorganise the hall closet. Oh boy

Gabi Maza

Jan 1, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

“This is not my responsibility he knows that I accept that and that’s okay” fuck my guy I need to apply that to myself and my relationship. Like yesterday.

Random Bites of a Sweet Life

Jan 1, 2019, 6:46 pm Reply

My parents aren't immigrants but my mother does the same thing only with my things. If she visits and I have bags of things to donate that I want to get rid of, she'll take them and go through them first. She ends up keeping a lot of the stuff herself. I just did a closet organization video on my channel and I discuss Marie Kondo briefly. Maybe you would be interested in checking it out. ? I feel better after getting rid of stuff too. I love it.

Pat Wanner

Jan 1, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

My Mom kept everything but she went through the Great Depression and grew up poor so I totally understood where she was coming from.??‍?

The Grid For Humanity

Jan 1, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

Love how you respected her and followed the steps. I’ve been working 8 and 10 hours a day for 4 weeks going through our house which included 4 generations of family things. I enjoyed your video. Good job!

Nailah Johnson

Feb 2, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

You are so right with the fact that immigrant parents do not, i repeat DO NOT throw things away. My mom is an immigrant and refuses to throw things away, as for me I am a minimalist. I try to share facts about how minimalism has helped me but I know my mom is coming from a different place. I just do my best to let her know that her company is all I need from her not things.

StarlingofAzerath

Feb 2, 2019, 8:26 pm Reply

my mother is an immigrant, but my dad isn't. yet both share the same tendencies to not let things go. I think its the time period their parents grew up in and then the time era they grew up in. Those who grew during or shortly after the war tend to hold onto things as resources were limited during the war and during the rebound of the world. The baby boomers and children born after the war retain the habits of their parents, especially if they do not have much disposable income or little income at all. Many things also could be repaired back then, compared to today where items are sadly designed to be thrown away once damaged/worn out. But people will hold onto them anyways thinking it can be fixed when it can't, cause parts don't exist to do it like the older days. Just a theory…not facts.

highvibrations1

Feb 2, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

My in laws are thai and i can totally relate!! when we visit them I try so hard not to laugh at my mother in law because she KEEPS EVERYTHING. ? lol

The Othentic

Feb 2, 2019, 6:32 pm Reply

You have such a great personality! Funny, yet calm. Like I wish omg…

Pia Edberg

Feb 2, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

Aw I love watching your videos! You’re so fun to watch and relatable. Subbed!! ❤️ from a fellow Canadian !

Jiva Love

Feb 2, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

One of the best konmari video's on her methodology. Funny quirky and respectful. Love it, newly subbed xx

barbara toson

Mar 3, 2019, 12:10 am Reply

thank goodness for the comment about immigrant parents because I am one of them!! It's nice to know someone can understand my madness 🙂

Sayren Nani

Apr 4, 2019, 11:03 am Reply

Just recently did the same (decluttering), I had a few items, that…were linked to trauma and when it came to those, I was like LOL BYE BISH I AIN'T GONNA THANK YOU LOL SEE YOU IN HELL.

…Think I got a lil too emotional with that. hah.

Karen V.

Apr 4, 2019, 7:06 pm Reply

Loved this Letitia!! Organizing is my life 🙂

Yoga Unity

Apr 4, 2019, 11:20 pm Reply

Thank you! Great vlog!

RAMUNEsweet

Apr 4, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

I have the exact same sailor moon folder!!!

Alexandra Burrowes

Apr 4, 2019, 8:52 pm Reply

This is my favorite tidying video I've seen so far!

Tawney Emerick

Jun 6, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

Oh my gosh, my mom did the same thing! If we wanted to throw away stuff without her seeing it, we had to immediately take it to a donation bin or garbage place so she couldn't go through it all.

Tawney Emerick

Jun 6, 2019, 9:00 pm Reply

This will be great for me as I move out into a small apartment! I love your videos, btw!

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