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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: November 3, 2014

Let your socks rest and other weird clothing tips

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I recently read this article from the New York Times about a celebrity tidiness consultant in Japan named Marie Kondo. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about some of her whacky tips that really resonated with me.

You can read the full article here, but these are some highlights from the article, including some of her best organizing tips.

Does it spark joy?

Kondo literally wants you to take every item out of your closet and ask this question. My problem with this is that though my gray boyfriend sweater does not in fact spark joy, it is a LIFESAVER of an item. If I only kept items that sparked joy, I’d literally only be wearing sequin old lady jackets and a tulle ballerina skirt. That’s just not sensible, Ms. Kondo.

Though the concept makes sense: keep only things you really love.

Fold your clothes neatly. It makes them feel special.

Again, she’s a bit of a whackadoo. She believes gently folding your clothes with care puts positive energy into them. I am nervous that my husband would think I’ve lost it if I whispered sweet nothings to my underwear.

Socks deserve your utmost respect.

respect your socks, yo!

respect your socks, yo!


Think about how hard our socks work. First of all, they have to cover our feet. Yuck. And then we tend to ball them up in mismatched pairs in the smallest dresser drawer we own. Such injustice! She suggests giving your socks a much-needed break when they are in your drawer. Keep them nicely folded. Again, thank them.

What do you think about these tips? Totally nuts or do they actually make sense? You can watch Kondo in action in some of these YouTube videos.

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