Her name is synonymous with the word “organization”. Organizing consultant and author, Marie Kondo has quickly become a household name on the heels of her Netflix show, “Tidying Up,” which demonstrates how to simplify your life. Her philosophy is quite simple: Does it bring you joy? A New York Times best-selling author, Kondo has sold more than six million copies of her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” among other books. Yet it’s interesting that her lifestyle lessons and philosophy really speak to the Simple Life brand. While Kondo focuses on clothing, books, papers, miscellaneous items and sentimental items the premise is simple. She encourages homeowners to hold on to items. Not in the sense of holding on and not letting go, that comes next. But to actually hold, grasp, hug each item. If it sparks joy in your body it’s a keeper. The items that don’t spark joy are sent on their way to their next life often ending up in second-hand thrift stores.
Kondo is a self-proclaimed minimalist however she teaches that you can own as little or as much as you like, as long as everything in your possession brings you joy!
Simple Life homeowners quickly share their cathartic experiences of purging, minimizing and having only things that serve a purpose or bring them joy in their tiny homes. “I look around my 400 square foot tiny home and all I see and feel is pure joy,” shared Michael Gaines, Simple Life Property Manager, “we are all perfect examples of what Marie Kondo demonstrates. Except I’m pretty sure we were doing it before she made it popular.” Gaines and other Simple Life neighbors giggle now at the idea of being hesitant about parting with “stuff” but after more than a year living in a tiny home, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Our Simple Life residents come in with plenty of questions and concerns about storage and space,” said Jacque Coots, Simple Life Manager of Sales, “it’s only natural when most of our homeowners are downsizing from a 2,000-4,000 square foot home. We explain that extra storage space can be found in our outdoor sheds, the spacious lofts, behind barn doors, above cabinets, shelves, and other creative ways. But the best examples really come from our current Simple Life residents.”
Kondo has a cult-like following of men and women alike who swear by her decluttering methods and the call themselves Konverts. Simple Life residents are just as passionate about their way of life – and for the rest of this article, let’s just give them a name of Simple Life-ease obviously focusing on the ease. From the moment Simple Life-ease walk through the door of their tiny home they have everything they need.
- A generously sized family room with carefully thought through wall space for floating shelves, television and wall art
- A kitchen that rivals most apartments and condos filled with cabinets, full-sized appliances and plenty of storage
- Many tiny homes have flex space that residents use as an office, additional storage, craft corner or get creative
- Bedroom (both 1 and 2 bedroom options) with closet space and room for dresser and nightstands if they’re not already built-in
- A bathroom with beautiful finishes and storage that will accommodate linens, toiletries and more
Keep in mind that every tiny home can be customized to maximize the functionality of how you live. Again, it’s simple. While Americans are working room by room, closet by closet, cabinet by cabinet to Kondo their homes – our Simple Life-ease are already living a life filled with joy in their tiny homes surrounded by only the things that make them happy!