REMEMBER Japanese author Marie Kondo, founder of the decluttering trend called the 'KonMari' method?

The author of the 2011 international best-selling book The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

kicked off a global decluttering movement, encouraging us to sort through our crap and throw out what we don't need.

The crux of Kondo's theory is that when you're trying to decide which items to keep or toss, ask yourself, "Does this item spark joy?"

Brisbane teacher Kathie Ginman recently read Kondo's book and whenever she would look at her family's heaving kitchen pantry, she felt overwhelmed.

"I was reading Marie Kondo's book and now the local joke in my household has become 'Does it spark joy?' and my pantry really didn't," Kathie, 52, told news.com.au.

"I was always rummaging through all this rubbish and I was buying the same item over and over again because I couldn't find anything," she said.

She bought all of the plastic and glass containers from Kmart.
She bought all of the plastic and glass containers from Kmart.

When she started to clean out her pantry and found seven jars of cranberry sauce at the back, she knew doing a full Kondo-clean could save her some cash.

Last weekend she went to Kmart and spent about $120 on plastic containers and glass jars to store food previously living in squashed packets.

"My drawers were full of packaged seeds and nuts ... it was just a mess. I had a whole drawer of spices lying down. So I went to Kmart because it's so cheap and they have similar containers to Tupperware, so I bought a few and it went from there," Kathie said.

"I got blackboard labels on eBay for $4 and I just printed out some labels on the computer in a nice font and stuck them on with sticky tape. The whole thing took me two days."

Kathie printed out the labels on her computer and stuck them on with sticky tape.
Kathie printed out the labels on her computer and stuck them on with sticky tape.

 

The whole makeover took Kathie two days.
The whole makeover took Kathie two days.

Her pantry tidy-up is already having a positive impact on her wallet.

"I went to the shops the other day and I hardly bought anything at all because I knew what I already had in the pantry," she said.

Kathie posted a couple of photos on the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook page and has been inundated with requests from other women to make over their pantries.
"They've all asked me if I do this for a job and will I organise their pantries," she said.

"It was a lot of work but I'm really glad I did it. It's made cooking and shopping so much easier."

rebecca.sullivan@news.com.au

Those white bins at the bottom are from IKEA.
Those white bins at the bottom are from IKEA.
These containers are Tupperware “dupes” from Kmart.
These containers are Tupperware “dupes” from Kmart.

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