8 Secrets I Wish a Japanese Professional Organizer Had Told Me

Gabrielle Savoie
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While the Marie Kondo frenzy may have passed since the launch of Spark Joy, there's no denying that we're still fascinated with all things decluttering and tidying up. Many of us may have gotten rid of many useless items since reading the book, but few of us could actually claim to have successfully decluttered and organized our homes in their entirety. Is your closet really free of clutter? Are you using your cupboards in the best way possible? Is your pantry as organized as Khloé Kardashian's? If anything, the KonMari book barely opened our eyes to organizing the Japanese way.

Japan is known for its tidiness and minimalism—and given that the small country is home to more than 125 million people, it's not hard to understand why. Homes are notoriously small in Japan, and the concept of micro living is not new to the country's citizens like it is to North Americans. So we turned to someone we knew would be able to shed light on the Japanese way of organizing: Seiko Kamiya, account executive of Yamazaki, a century-old family business stemming from Japan and dedicated to bringing intelligent design solutions to small homes worldwide. Ready to overhaul your organizational system the Japanese way? Take a few hours of your weekend to implement these philosophies—you'll be glad you did.

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