Have you heard? Tidy is in! With the arrival of the new Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, across the country viewers are partaking in the KonMari™ method of cleaning their spaces. Thrift stores have been inundated with discarded possessions looking for new homes, and IKEA, The Container Store and other large box stores are reaping the benefits of the sudden popularity of storage bins and organizational boxes.
So what is the KonMari method, and how can you use it to serve your customers?
“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (kitchen, bathroom and miscellaneous items) and finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”
Essentially, go through all of your possessions one by one. When you hold it, if it “sparks joy” (gives you a warm tingly feeling), hold onto it. If it doesn’t, thank it for its service and remove it from your life; donate, recycle or dispose of it. Then organize your belongings in a meaningful way that both reduces clutter and is visually appealing, using small bins, boxes and stylish containers.
I’ve begun this method as Marie suggests, in my closet (how many painting shirts do I really need?) and if I hadn’t purged my art supplies prior to the holidays and reorganized my studio I would be dreading that part of this process. Luckily, we have access to a breadth of storage solutions on www.MacPhersonArt.com—and we’ve even created a handy storage solutions shopping page.
Right now is a great time to introduce these items to your customers who may feel, like we do, that every art supply sparks joy. It’s time to organize them. Here are some unique items to help declutter studio spaces, craft tables, classrooms or everyday spaces:
These clear envelopes mean you can easily see the items inside. They are thin and stack easily in a larger box, or bin. Ideal for storing collage materials, paper, fabric scraps, embellishments or large flat items like drafts and children’s artwork.
Another clear storage bin, with the ability to create sections of any size. Perfect for small items like pencil sharpeners and ends of pastels/conte.
Keep markers and paints (and other items) easily accessible but also visually captivating. These storage solutions make it easy to see the colors of supplies while keeping them organized. The paint storage tray is also wall mountable, a perfect space-saving hack for small studios or cramped craft areas. Show off any other storage bins you have in stock as well; just show them what you’ve got.
Marie Kondo recommends that photos get stored in albums, or in photo boxes that are easily labeled. Kinsho albums are perfect for wedding memories and everyday photos, prints, drawings or documents. Photo Boxes are a great way to sort and store loose items. Some even have a built in label that makes it easy to see from a closet shelf.
Looking for more storage solutions? We’ve curated a selection of popular products to meet all kinds of creative needs.