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Home & Garden How to show your home gratitude, according to Marie Kondo

13:01  18 october  2019
13:01  18 october  2019 Source:   housebeautiful.co.uk

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Marie Kondo wearing a black shirt and smiling at the camera: 'When I return from work, the first thing I do is unlock the door and announce to my house, “I’m home!” says Marie Kondo. © Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images 'When I return from work, the first thing I do is unlock the door and announce to my house, “I’m home!” says Marie Kondo.

Marie Kondo famously developed the KonMari Method, an approach to decluttering based on Japanese values, where individuals surround themselves with items that spark joy. She also encourages people to thank individual items for serving its purpose before getting rid of it.

But there's another concept you might want to adopt, and you should do it every day, as and when you return home – and all it involves is uttering a few simple words. According to Kondo, it's all about showing some gratitude.

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Kondo fans may already be familiar with this ritual, and even those who watched her Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, would have seen her kneel and greet every house before she tidies it, but the decluttering guru served to remind her followers in a discussion on Twitter and Instagram about the relationship we have with our homes – and why we should always give thanks.

Kondo tweeted: 'When I return from work, the first thing I do is unlock the door and announce to my house, “I’m home!” What’s the first thing you do when you come home?'

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Kondo commented under the same post on Instagram, explaining: 'Our homes work hard to keep us safe and comfortable. We must treat them with gratitude.'

Many users across both social posts began responding with examples of their own rituals: 'I let my shoulders drop and take a deep breath....home is where the heart is for me,' wrote one user on Instagram.

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'I always say, Home Sweet Home, ever since we moved in 30 years ago!', declared another.

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One person wrote: 'I leave with telling my house I will be back, take care, I love you and when I come back I say "I'm back thank you for waiting for me. You are beautiful". Always appreciate and give love to your home.'

It even left one Instagram user to ponder: 'I start worrying about dinner and the mess someone left in the sink. Maybe I should greet my house first!'

Though one Twitter user commented: 'That’s a Japanese cultural habit though really, to say ‘tadaima’ (I’m back /I’m home) ....not so common in the west.'

Kondo's Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which was released earlier this year, featured a series of home makeovers with the tidying expert helping her clients to clear out the clutter – and ultimately, choose joy.

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