Marie Kondo. Hacked.

3 killer shortcuts to life-changing magic

Andy Taylor
4 min readSep 25, 2020


A tidy modern lounge with a colourful artwork on the wall
Photo by Vinicius "amnx" Amano on Unsplash

I read the book. Marie seemed nice. She told me to thank my possessions for their loyal service then discard them. She asked me to talk to my house.

She described the promised land of a clutter-free home and the inevitable lifetime of happiness that it would bring. She said it would take time, but it was worth it.

And I tried. Well, I thought about trying.

Then I had something else to do. Because, you know, job, kids, life.

Here are 3 things you can do quickly and easily that give you a bit of Kondo with a lot less I-have-to-quit-my-job-leave-my-partner-and-disown-my-kids-to-have-time-to-do-everything-you’re-asking-me-to.

Washing Up

Go with me on this because I honestly think there is life-changing magic here. We moved to a house with no dishwasher. Immediately plans were made to move cupboards to fit in this essential appliance.

And in the meantime, I washed up. After every meal. And LOVED it.

My method improved each time (it’s all about washing things that will stand vertically in the drying rack first). I looked out at the garden while I got lost in the rhythm of dish cleaning. I listened to the radio.

Ten minutes later the kitchen appeared tidy. I had completed a task while my brain happily computed away in the background.

No drying up to do either because the next time I came to wash-up I would put away the dry items while I ran the sink.

A kitchen with attractive pots and glasses neatly stored
Photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash

Washing up has process, it has meditation, it has task completion. It has a lot going for it.

Moving Furniture

You feel like your life is in a rut. Same crap different day. Nothing’s ever going to change.

Try moving some furniture.

I’m serious. Re-arrange a room.

You don’t need to buy anything, you don’t need to throw anything out (unless you want to, and you want some extra Kondo points). You…



Andy Taylor

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