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Updated on Aug 3, 2019. Posted on Jan 18, 2019

24 Things Marie Kondo Uses On Her Show To Help People Get Organized

"I brought boxes!" —Marie Kondo, to literally everyone she visits.

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1. A set of clear, stackable storage bins that allow you to separate and organize anything in your pantry or closet. Just make sure everything sits upright, so it's to see all the contents.

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Promising review: "I've looked for 'just the right size and shape' clear plastic storage containers for clothes and pantry items for a long while now. These are great! They are working perfectly in my armoire and on closet shelves. With clothing folded the Marie Kondo way, I can pull out a box and see all the contents immediately. No more lifting stacked items to get at what I want! —Smokey

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes M-XL).

2. A sturdy photo album so all the pictures you're not displaying will be easily accessible. And don't be afraid to throw away photos! Kondo suggests finding the ones that spark the most joy and keeping those — especially when you have multiples of very similar pics.

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Promising review: "I've been buying this same type of fabric photo album in various colors, capacities, and sizes for the 11 years my husband and I have been married. We use a different color each time to show the order of all the pictures. The albums have held up so well, and I love the small caption writing space this album has next to the pics. We don't display them with the dust cover it comes with because they've held up well without it (they look better without it, in my opinion), and any dust is easily wiped off without leaving a mark on the fabric." —Lo Frenzel

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 22 colors). Kondo also says you can use photo boxes to store pictures but that an album is her preferred method.

3. A foldable set of drawer dividers to neatly store your undies, socks, bras, and so much more.

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For bras, she suggests folding bralettes and soft-cup bras and laying out your cupped bras in a gradient color order.

Promising review: "I just finished reading Marie Kondo's book on de-cluttering and tidying and decided to give it a go! I purchased this set of drawer dividers, and they have been perfect for organizing. Definitely, recommend." —Jane M

Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.49+ (available in six colors).

4. A collapsible toy bin so your furriest friend has a designated space for all their most valuable possessions.

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Kondo suggests dividing pet supplies into different storage containers with toys going in one, grooming supplies in another, treats and food together, and leashes on a hook.

Promising review: "Great size and well made. My golden retriever loves to go into his toy bag and pick out a toy. At first, he wanted to chew on the rope handles but I got him to stop." —NcJwL04

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in six sizes, 14 colors, and two shapes).

5. A set of woven baskets perfect for all the stuff in your bathroom you don't want to be digging around for all the time.

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Promising review: "Super awesome for my drawer that is constantly getting messed up and unorganized. Now my entire drawer always remains clean and it’s easy to find anything I'm looking for. It’s pretty cool that you can change the style of how you want the cubes to go to make it bigger or more compact." —Daniel Khazanovich

Get a set of four from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five colors).

6. A delightful aromatic room spray that could help get you out of a rut, provide motivation, and purify your space.

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Kondo actually suggests doing things like opening a window for fresh air, using candles, incense (the smoke is particularly purifying), or room sprays, and even playing a sound that creates a great vibration.

Promising review: "Works great! I love the natural citrus smell, and it lasts a long time with just one to two sprays. Smell covers the entire room even though it doesn't make a massive cloud. I even use it at work in the bathrooms and occasionally to freshen up the bedrooms in the nursing home I work for." —Jim

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six scents).

7. A six-piece collapsible drawer set made with moisture- and mold-proof fabric designed to easily sit within each other for whatever you need to store in your closet or dresser.

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Promising review: "This set helps me keep everything organized in my bedroom drawers. Not only can you use them for clothes but you can also use them to store towels, undergarments, makeup, arts and crafts, nursery items, beauty products, and other miscellaneous things. They work great when placed on a shelving unit, in cabinets, or in junk drawers. I'm impressed with the quality and how strong and thick they are. The bins are collapsible by unfolding the organizer, which means they are easy to store when not in use. They aren't flimsy and don't break apart easily. When they are empty or filled up they still maintain their shape. I'm able to separate my bras, socks, panties, tank tops, and leggings. I plan on getting more to organize my laundry and bathroom items. You can also use them to organize your stuff when you travel." —M. Wong

Get the set from Amazon for $15.99.

8. A set of foldable cube storage boxes for all your kiddo's toys — Kondo suggests dividing toys into categories like physical play and plush.

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Promising review: "These storage bins were just what I was looking for! They fit perfectly into the cube organizer I purchased as well! They are sturdy, well-made, and the color is exactly what is pictured. Terrific value for the price, and they hold so many toys!" —MH

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $24.99 (available in six colors).

9. A perfectly divided holiday ornament storage box, to house one of the only things Kondo mentions she stores in her garage, holiday decor.

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Promising review: "I actually loved this product so much, I bought three! I had more ornaments than I thought I did! The dividers are sturdy and easy to put together. I kept my tree up for a long time because I simply didn't have good storage units to handle all my decorations but thanks to these containers, everything is packed away safely, neat, and tidy! If anyone reading this is hesitating to purchase, don't!! You'll be glad you did!! Storing my larger ornaments works just fine too, because I simply left out a divider or two!! Voila!!" —Connie W.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in green and red).

10. A pack of clear storage containers for your garage, because, as Kondo says, it's important to be able to see what's inside your bins for easier access and organization.

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Promising review: "These work great for my purposes. I'm using them to store baby clothes in the attic and it is great that you can see what is inside them. The latch is great when they are bit overstuffed. They seem very durable and should last a long time." —KLDB

Get a set of six from Amazon for $49.99.

11. A set of file-holding organizing boxes to help you store the three types of paper you should keep: pending, important, and miscellaneous.

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Promising review: "Magazine holders are so expensive and I really just needed something to organize while still being affordable. These are easy to assemble, sturdy, arrived in one piece, and work perfectly. Yes, they are cardboard, but I was surprised, they are quite sturdy. You really do need to follow the simple instructions to fold correctly or it won't hold (ask me how I know 😂). I ordered one pack to make sure I was happy — and I am! I'm ordering another pack now. Cheap, sturdy, functional...check!" —Judy Hayes

Get a set of six from Amazon for $11.87 (available in black and white).

12. And a pack of sturdy folders for help in the organization of those pending, important, and miscellaneous papers — just make sure to take anything in an envelope out of it!

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Promising review: "For some reason, these simple plastic folders are difficult to find, but they are about a thousand times more useful than regular file folders because 1) they are color-coded, and 2) you can see what's in them. I use a reversed sticky note to label the inside front of the folder. These folders are my preferred way of organizing work papers, as well as personal finances (bills). They last for years and years, and they preserve the paper in good, smooth condition." —harborsparrow

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $5.22.

13. A three-section plastic storage bin that'll give you much easier access to the small items in your pantry so that you don't have to rearrange everything when you want to pull them out.

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When getting your pantry in order, the key is to organize food items by category. Put drinks like the coffee and tea together, cereals and snacks together, flour and other carbohydrates, and canned foods.

Promising review: "So I am a neat freak and wanted to have my soups and spices organized without moving all over the place. Well, this was perfect! There is a separation between the bin, which makes it extremely easy to have multiple envelopes and/or soups, mixes, etc... This fits perfectly in both my pantry and my cabinets, which is quite convenient for my daily use. I would recommend this product to all!" —Alexandra

Get it from Amazon for $12.56+ (available in sizes S-L and in a bundle of all three).

14. A set of mix-and-match drawer organizers and dividers for customized modular storage that'll make the most of your unused space — the key is to put similar sized items together!

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A set of interlocking drawer bins can also organize everything inside of your desk.

Promising review: "The set comes with three different sizes and eight containers. I used them in the kitchen. You could also use them in the bathroom, office, or garage. I really like that you can clip them together or use them alone. I will be ordering more for different rooms." —TCuddy

Get it from Amazon for $12.77 (or check out some bamboo ones if that's more your speed).

15. A versatile little stacking shelf to maximize the space of any taller-than-average cabinets or shelves — Kondo uses these specifically for shoes!

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And for high heels, she simply places a postcard at the bottom to make sure the heel doesn't sink in.

Promising review: "I have a taller shelf in my closet that I felt was wasting space so I bought this to get a second shelf for some shoes. Works great." —Krista

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

16. A 360-degree rotating tie organizing hanger for a neat and easy-to-access way to store up to 20 of your ties.

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Kondo mentions on the show that ties are such an important accessory and therefore should be given respect. In addition to hanging, you can also store ties by carefully folding them and placing them in a bin that fits in your drawers or a box specifically for ties.

Promising review: "Tired of neckties falling off a hanger? Here is the answer. This is a GREAT design — really the smart way to store ties in a crowded urban closet. It sort of 'flips up' as I thought it would; I suppose you could use a second hanger in the hole at the end if you had horizontal space to burn (I don't)." —Frederick Schmidt

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

17. A stackable bathroom storage bin (that you can basically use in any cabinet and room) designed with a little handle for easy access; organize your items by category and use so you can keep your counter clear when you're not using all your essentials.

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Promising review: "These are a handy size for a variety of uses throughout my home, both inside and out. I originally purchased them for guests to use to corral their toiletries from the bedroom to the bathroom and back. Great for kitchen organizing in the pantry, as well as under the sink. My husband has eyed them for a permanent residency in the garage (bins, not husband)!" —Kathryn B Potterton

Get it from Amazon for $15.73+ (available in two sizes).

18. A set of sturdy plastic baskets perfect for organizing all your miscellaneous clothing, beauty products, and accessories currently filling up your closets.

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Promising review: "We're getting ready to sell our house and I've been organizing my way through all the cabinets, drawers, and closets that have collected tons of junk over the last three years. I needed an inexpensive fix to my master bathroom shelving disaster, and these were perfect! They hold a surprising amount of stuff and aren't too big to overcrowd the space." —Amazon Customer

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $23.99.

19. A set of cotton-handle storage bins you can use to hold all those baby items you can't seem to figure out where to put.

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Promising review: "I was looking for simple storage bins to keep all of the baby things organized. These are exactly as pictured, look beautiful (for a storage cube), and work well in all spaces. I’m purchasing another set of three. They’re great for closets, hutches, or even out in the open because they look really nice. The rope handles are a good touch! Highly recommend." —Jenna

Get a set of three from Amazon for $23.99 (available in three sizes and two colors).

20. A set of clear plastic drawer organizers that are the perfect size to store all your toiletries — just imagine a world where you can open your bathroom drawer and not hear the sound of sliding supplies.

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Promising review: "Great little storage devices that make opening a bathroom drawer a relatively clean experience, rather than a messy five-minute adventure just to find the toothpaste. Nice, sturdy, and lightweight. If you need a bathroom drawer organizer, these are a great way to go." —Haon the Great

Get the six-piece set from Amazon for $14.99.

21. A decorative storage bin lined with a removable (and washable) linen so you can store things beautifully, either on display or nestled in your closet.

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Promising review: "Nice boxes with cloth liners. We are using them on the bottom shelf of an old wardrobe as bins for socks, undies, etc. Three fit perfectly on that bottom shelf and will provide easy storage for those small items." —50Grey

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in three sizes and two colors).

22. A box of heavy-duty garbage bags, a must-have while you're clearing things out to toss or donate during the clean-out process.

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Promising review: "I will never go back to regular tall kitchen bags! These are terrific! They can be stuffed full of garbage or if you want to donate clothes — I do consignment and I bring my clothes to be sold in these pleasant-smelling plastic bags. Plus, they're reusable!" —Joyce A. Hobson

Get a box of 110 bags for $14.76.

23. And, of course, a copy of her best-selling guide to organizing your life! Considering it's the model on which the whole show is based, it's probably important to have it on hand for reference.

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Promising review: "I always thought I was a very organized person (because everything I owned had a designated, labeled place and my house was always super clean), but after reading this book I realized I was nothing more than a skilled hoarder. I locked myself in my house for six straight weeks (seriously, only came out for absolute necessary obligations and appointments) and decluttered the ever-living hell out of my house. The only thing that slowed me down was waiting for every Tuesday to roll around when the big donation truck would come and haul off all my unwanted items, or waiting for every Monday for the trash collection. I probably discarded well over 100 bags of clutter in those six weeks and earned over $400 selling the big-ticket items via social media, which I used to make my house prettier. I also donated an entire trunk full of books, CDs, and DVDs to my local library. My home's available storage used to be completely maxed out, and now I have empty drawers everywhere! I also have no less than 40 completely empty plastic storage bins in my garage that were previously full of clutter (and the storage bins are the next thing that will be sold). Reading this book was life-changing. It is the best feeling in the world to look around a room and realize you love every single item in said room. I no longer feel weighed down by 'stuff.' I still have a few odds and ends to finish up in my house, but I'm about 90% done at this point and loving it. I never knew getting rid of things could be so addicting. I also never thought I was the kind of person who could ever throw away a photo, but by the time I got to the sentimental=items category, I discarded an entire garbage can full of photos without hesitation and it felt great!" —Laura I.

Get it from Amazon for $9.69.

Here's to a life of stuff that sparks joy!

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