Marie Kondo Thinks Our Fridges Should Be 30% Empty At All Times

But what if 100% of my food sparks joy?

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The beauty of a well-polished, sleek kitchen refrigerator is that it literally hides your cluttered mess of food for you—including the entire shelf of half-used salad dressings you keep around until the expiration date finally occurs. But, out of sight, out of mind, right? Apparently for the Netflix star and famous tidying up guru Marie Kondo, that sentiment is definitely wrong.

An Instagram story posted to the KonMari.Co page (Marie's lifestyle brand) has given us a piece of fridge decluttering advice that we're currently...digesting.

“Don’t stuff your fridge,” the Instagram story read. “Keep it about 30% empty and use the extra space for leftovers and new groceries.”

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Okay, so Marie Kondo's advice does make perfect sense—especially when you factor in that the extra space is there to make room for all of the unsightly plastic containers holding your leftover dinners. As someone whose fridge tends to become cluttered quickly, (but what if I NEED five bags of lettuce?!) I should be following this advice to a T.

But what exactly is 30% of your fridge? While the math might be hard for us to follow, Marie's message is clear—a cluttered fridge does not spark joy. Let this advice serve as a healthy reminder to always be throwing away things you no longer want, food that's expired, and stuff you really don't need to keep in your fridge (that bottle of wine you received as a gift five months ago and opened once? TOSS IT!).

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