Even if you never read her books, you probably know the gist of Marie Kondo’s KonMari method: Take out all your stuff, get rid of whatever doesn’t “spark joy,” and then put the stuff you’re keeping back using one of her highly specific folding or stacking tutorials. That last step is the tricky part. Marie herself recommends using the boxes and storage bins you already own to get organized. In Japan, Marie explained to a group of NYC-based reporters and editors last week, it’s common for people to keep and reuse boxes of all sizes at homes. But in the USA, where more than 1.5 million copies of Marie’s books have been sold, that just isn’t the case – you probably don’t have a bunch of empty shoe boxes stashed where you could instead be storing paper towels.
So, Marie Kondo is making boxes. 6-piece Hikidashi Box Sets, to be specific, available for $89 on pre-order at konmari.com as of this morning. If you’re looking at them and thinking, “huh that looks like a shoebox,” you’re not wrong – in fact Marie doesn’t shy away from this fact when detailing them to the crowd, as that’s what she so often uses to organize small items in her clients’ homes. But the Hikidashi boxes are meant to spark joy, so in keeping they are smoother and sturdier than your average shoebox, with sweet, soothing prints inside. (Now whether six upscale shoeboxes are worth your hard-earned $90 remains for you to decide.) The boxes are meant to be left open when using them, so you can see and snatch the exact item you’re looking for; this means that while you definitely get 6 pieces in the set, it’s more like 3 boxes and 3 lids you should also use as boxes. If you like your boxes closed, it’s a 3-box set.
A set of blush Hikidashi boxes with some KonMari-style folded garments and a tub of… Glossier face cream?