Trends tend to be cyclical — macramé planters were hot in the ‘70s, and roughly 40 years later, they’re back. Ditto for inflatable chairs. Even organizing advice can come in waves. Rolling your clothes like sushi is hot for a few years, then it’s all about donating or purging everything and going minimalist with a capsule wardrobe. Or arranging things by color, so your walls look like rainbows.
Marie, who’s launching her own set of organizational boxes, known as Hikidashi, this September, gamely took on the challenge. The Japan native had never heard of Caboodles before, but she was confident that her trademarked KonMari Method wouldn’t fail her. Game on.
Opening the box, Marie stared in wonder at the beauty staples (and ‘90s throwbacks) crammed inside. It was like a time capsule from music video, only with more crushed velvet scrunchies. Seriously, there were six stuffed in there, along with a few iridescent sequin ones, pastel nail polishes in every color of the rainbow, Chapstick, LipSmackers lip balm, bobby pins, glitter hair gel, body glitter — roll-on, like any Claire’s-shopping mall rat loved — a glitter nail file, and classic black hair ties. Basically, there was enough glitter to ensure that anyone within a 10-foot radius of that box would be wiping away the errant sparkle for days afterward.
Once the castoffs were put in a donation bin, Marie got down to phase two: Organizing. That. Box. Her method requires things to be stored vertically — even clothes are folded into little packets, so they can be stored like file folders in dresser drawers — which was a particular challenge for Caboodles’ shallow shelves. This was the moment: Could she fit everything in without breaking the KonMari Method? Pssh … I’m not going to spill that. Check out the video above to see how she fared.
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