Mari Kondo and strata living: Does your small apartment ‘spark joy’?

Mari Kondo and strata living

Based on the Netflix show, ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’ this photo first appeared on


Is your small apartment cramping your style? We’ve selected Marie Kondo’s best tips to make the most of your living space.


With more people living in smaller spaces, there is a need to become more creative with how we maximise every inch of space for storage.  This increased trend can be seen with the growing popularity of the Netflix show “Tidying up with Marie Kondo”.  Taking some lessons from her “KonMari” method, here’s some of our favourite tips on how to reorganise and maximise living spaces.

  1. Keep the things that “spark joy”

    Easier said than done, right? No one wants to be thought of as a hoarder, but the truth is with time, possessions do tend to pile up. Some may be essential, but often most of our household items may just impulsive buys or sentimental memorabilia that become harder and harder to ditch.

    The trick to de-cluttering is keeping only what makes you happy or as Marie Kondo says, “sparks joy” and getting rid of what has lost its value or use.

    If you’re in a strata property, you may want to check your by-laws and building rules about waste disposal. If there are usable items in a reasonably good condition, consider others who may benefit, such as your local charity.

  2. Re-organize your cupboard

    One of the key recommendations of the KonMari method is folding clothes to suit storage space in a way that makes them visible, and therefore accessible. By organising your storage spaces, it can save you loads of time trying to find things. You may also consider using smaller boxes to separate the space in large drawers.

  3. Fit the space you have

    Its only natural to choose what you like, but it’s more practical to make choices based on the apartment space you have. You may want that spacious king-sized bed, but a queen-sized one may leave you with more space to move around without stubbing your toes.

    Also, lesser furniture and equipment means less cleaning and maintenance.

  4. Out of sight isn’t always out of mind

    You may consider having alternate storage options outside your apartment for items that you do not use in your everyday life e.g. extra books, children’s toys, sporting equipment, tools, family memorabilia, or items that “may come in handy someday – they can be stored in the garage or rented storage spaces.

  5. Change your habits, change your lifestyle

    Being organised is never a one-time thing.  Over time, habits can give way to a more disciplined lifestyle. So keep up the good habit!


In strata and body corporate living, multiple owners have access to shared common property and amenities. So, it is all the more important to adopt a disciplined lifestyle, know the building rules and consider your neighbour.


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