The #1 Best Selling Author, Marie Kondo, is a master of organizing, straightening up, and tidying, all while bringing contentment and happiness to your space. Throughout her four must-read books on the subject, Kondo has helped hundreds of thousands of people master the art of not just throwing junk away, but of identifying the things you want to keep — essentially, what brings you joy. Her principles and beliefs are certainly worth considering while mastering the art of registering for gifts to ensure you're really registering for the "right" stuff. Here's how.
Ask yourself, "Will this bring me joy?"
Tempted to register for china because you feel like you have to, but hate entertaining and know you will probably never put it to good use? Then DON'T scan it! Sure, it's nice to have quality, sentimental dishes but if you live in an apartment and have no intention of using it, save your guests the money and save yourself the space. Guests truly want to gift you something you will love and not something you might use once in a while. Instead, register only for things that will make you smile, streamline your routines, or are essential to daily life.
Determine Décor vs. Clutter
It's so easy to go scan-gun-happy and scan everything in sight. Keep in mind that every item you place on your registry just might end up in your kitchen or living room after your celebration. Think twice (or even three times!) before scanning for tons of decorative items — especially if you're registering to decorate a space you do not yet live in. Certainly everyone can use a few beautiful picture frames, but the more you scan, the more will end up on your shelves and countertops. Kondo's principles encourage you to "respect" your items, as well as "purging" items as needed. If you think that even one item on your registry may eventually be purged, skip it.
Select the Right Registry
Don't just register at the most popular department store chain because your sisters, best friends, and even your mom did in the past. Register where you and your partner truly want to purchase products — and with the registry that best suits your needs and desires.
If you don't need housewares, don't register at a housewares realtor because at the end of the day those items will not "spark joy" for you, as Marie suggests. If you love traveling and any trip far outweighs any object in your mind, opt for a travel registry versus a traditional one. That's certain to bring you joy and adventure!
Register by Category
It's tempting to wander around stores aimlessly and scan as you see things you might want, but if you apply a method to the madness, you'll end up with a far more comprehensive, detailed, and to-the-point registry. Many couples opt to register by room, but Marie suggests organizing clutter by category, so try registering by category, too. Instead of selecting sheets, duvets, furniture, and décor for a master bedroom all at once, scan all household sheets, all household décor, and all household furniture group by group instead. Doing this will ensure a more streamlined list — and you'll be less likely to forget something, too.