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‘Tidying’ queen Marie Kondo makes a place for your stuff

She’s spent the last few years encouraging people to tidy up and get rid of the clutter. Now, author Marie Kondo wants them to bring stuff back into their homes.

The Japanese organizer behind the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is launching the first in a line of products: a six-piece set of sturdy paper boxes to help corral items and keep them in the proper place. They’ll sell for $ 89 (U.S.) — about $ 116 (Canadian) — a set.

Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo unveils her six-piece set of colorful and sturdy paper organizer boxes.
Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo unveils her six-piece set of colorful and sturdy paper organizer boxes.  (Seth Wenig / The Associated Press)
The Hikidashi boxes are designed to “make the things that you store inside happy,” Kondo says.
The Hikidashi boxes are designed to “make the things that you store inside happy,” Kondo says.  (Seth Wenig / The Associated Press)

Kondo designed the Hikidashi collection to replace the shoeboxes she initially recommended for organizing closets and drawers the KonMari way: folding socks, undergarments and T-shirts so they stand upright.

“I’m probably the only person in the world who makes such an official occasion to introduce empty boxes,” Kondo said recently while introducing the products.

The idea, she said, is to “make the things that you store inside happy,” rather than merely hiding belongings away.

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The boxes, available in pastel watercolour designs, are available at konmari.com.

Kondo, who is all about spending time examining every item in your house and determining whether it brings you joy or not, isn’t stopping at products. She’s also got a show with Netflix in the works, but few details about it have been announced.

And once you’ve got your house all tidied, Kondo wants to help you tackle the office. Workplace organizing will be the focus of her next book, which she’s writing now.

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TORONTO STAR