Since You’re All Staying Inside, Here Are 5 Ways To Marie Kondo Your Place

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Coronavirus concerns have got a lot of us spending more time at home nowadays. With self-isolation in full swing, many of us are working from home and as a result, we’ve got a lot more time on our hands. Instead of sitting in and inhabiting our own filth, it’s time we get out act together and use this extra time a little bit more productively and work on cleaning up the house. 

We spoke about other creative ways to spend your time at home on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

If you’re not the biggest cleaner and are desperate for a tip or two, don’t worry we’ve got you. We’ve collated the best five tips we could gather out of the wisdom of Marie Kondo, the cleaning icon who loves mess. Honestly, we can’t wait for more tips to come out of season two of ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’, which will drop in the near future. Anyway, we digress, let’s begin. 

1 The KonMari Method 

Popularised in her 2015 book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, the KonMari Method is Marie Kondo’s must-follow rules. According to Kondo, there are six basic rules for tidying: commit yourself to tidying-up, imagine your ideal lifestyle, finish discarding first, tidy-up by category and not by location, follow the right order and ask yourself if it “sparks joy”. If you follow these rules, you’ll have a spotless home in no time!

2. Be Smart About Storage

There are a few ways that Marie Kondo likes to store things. Firstly, it’s important that you organise items by size. This way, nothing gets lost and you’ll always be able to find everything that you own. Also, it’s important to organise your storage based on how frequently you use items. For example, do not store everyday cups and cutlery in hard-to-reach places, save those cupboards for seasonal things. Lastly, Marie Kondo advises you to use clear boxes when putting things in storage. This way, you’ll be able to see what’s in certain boxes from afar. So simple, yet so effective. 

3. Pile Things Up

When tidying-up, it’s apparently very important for you to pile it all up. Yep, you heard correctly. So, if you’re organising all your shirts, pants, accessories or anything, you need to pile all of them on top of each other before you start to put them away. Even though it looks like you’re making more mess, it’s definitely worth it. By piling everything on top of each other, you realise how much of a certain item you have, don’t have or are missing. Also, it’ll help you let go of things that you don’t need but probably won’t admit to not needing.  

4. Get Vertical

Aside from the “sparking joy” phenomenon, Marie Kondo is known for her folding techniques. She likes to fold things vertically. This means for clothes, you should roll them, fold them into thirds and store them up-right so that you’re not constantly ruining the pile of clothes to get something out. But, this doesn’t just apply to clothes. Keep everything the right-side-up. 

5. Get Mindful

Cleaning up can be quite a mindful ritual for many people. Decluttering usually involves throwing away items that were once sentimental. Hence, Marie Kondo recommends that you get mindful when cleaning. Firstly, you should thank your home for protecting you – it sounds a little strange but ultimately, it creates a calm and positive aura before you start cleaning up. Also, get rid of things that don’t “spark joy.” If you’re hoarding items that carry negative connotations, it’s time to get rid of them. Even if they once had positive connotations, you should thank it for its service and then discard it. Also, give every item a home. Anything you bring into your house should have a home, especially sentimental items.

Happy cleaning!

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15 Reasons Why ‘The Office’ Is The Perfect Sitcom To Binge In Isolation

It debuted 15 years ago.

For some reason, even though we’re bombarded with so much choice of new tv shows to binge, I keep going back and watching The Office. Turns out, I’m not alone, but that’s beside the point. Now that it has been 15 full years since the show debuted on our tv screens, let’s reflect on why the show captured the hearts and laughs of audiences around the world. Here are 15 reasons why ‘The Office’ is the ideal show to watch while you’re social distancing. 

1. There’s A British Version You Can Compare It To

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If you’re someone who likes both American sitcoms and British humour, then for sure watch this show. Check out the U.S. version of The Office as well as the British version and decide yourself which version is better. Both are available to stream on Stan at this very moment! Spoilers: The UK version is very, very, very different. 

2. Jim’s Proposal To Pam Is Literally One Of The Cutest Scenes In Sitcom History

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If you’re wanting to cry your eyes out, look no further than this episode. Pam and Jim were the ultimate will-they-won’t-they couple and this scene was the perfect way to end that saga on a positive note. Not to mention, this scene cost $250,000 USD to make. Why? Ask one of the show’s executive producers.

3. The Show Was A Launchpad For Steve Carell’s Career

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While Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy put Steve Carell on the map, The Office made him a household name. So, if you want to see where it all started, check out the earlier seasons of this show and I guarantee you’ll have a great time. 

4. It’ll Teach You CPR

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Don’t know CPR? Don’t worry! There’s no need for you to go out and learn from an expert, just watch the show. It’ll teach you everything you need to know, and hilariously too. Save lives, like this guy, and watch The Office!

5. It’ll Make You Think About How Ready You Are For A Fire Drill

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How many times have you gone through a fire-drill at work and it’s failed miserably? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, just ask the workers from Dunder Mifflin. Check out this hilarious scene from the show and ponder if you’d react any better. Sorry to tell you, you probably won’t.

6. The Show Won 4 Emmy Awards

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Steve Carell may have nabbed a Golden Globe Award for his performance as Michael Scott but overall the show won four Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006. We love an Emmy-winning series!

7. Mindy Kaling

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That’s it: Mindy Kaling. She worked as a writer on the show but we definitely remember her for her iconic performance as the wonderful, chatty, Kelly Kapoor. Seriously, anytime she is on screen, I am guaranteed laughing.

8. It’ll Bring Back Memories Of Previewing Songs on iTunes

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Honestly, what a time. One of the all-time best scenes of this show is when Steve Carell’s character is heartbroken and the only thing that’s helping mend his heart is James Blunt’s “Goodbye My Lover”. But, he isn’t willing to buy it. Hilarious stuff.

9. The Show’s Mockumentary Style Paved Way For Future Comedies

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Each and every character on this show has for sure broken the fourth wall, at least once, giving us GIFS for days. Honestly, The Office walked so that Parks and Recreation could run.

10. It’ll Give You Some April Fools Inspo

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There is no better prankster, in any fictional universe than Jim Halpert. Learn from the best this April Fools by binging earlier seasons of this show. 

11. There Are Over 200 Episodes Of The Show

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Are you over investing in characters only for a show to get cancelled after one season? Have no fear, this series spanned 9 seasons and gave us over 200 episodes in the process, so any investment you choose to make here will be well worth it.

12. The Show’s Creator Actually Pops Up In The Show

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Fun fact: Mose Schrute, aka Dwight’s beet-farming cousin, is played by Michael Schur who happens to be the co-creator of The Office, Parks & Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. So, if you’ve ever wanted to see a piece of entertainment with the creator in it, and you’re not the biggest fan of Tarantino movies, then The Office is the go!

13. There’s An Office Scene For Every Shakespeare Play

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Why would you read a boring Shakespeare play when you could watch an adaptation of it in modern times. Thank God we have The Office! From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet, there’s an Office moment that embodies it and for that, we are thankful.

14. Your Favourite Actor Has Probably Guest-Starred On It

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From Jim Carrey to Idris Elba, Will Ferrell to Amy Adams, The Office has had pretty much every relevant actor stop by. Gotta love that!

15. The Show Won’t Be Rebooted

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Worried that the show you start will one day have a reboot that will ruin the entire legacy? Not to fear, The Office’s creator has already said that a reboot is off the table. Also, John Krasinski is also not keen on it.

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The Coronavirus Parodies Of These Songs Are Better Than The OG

These are gonna go viral.

With coronavirus concerns sending every celebrity indoors, we’re seeing a whole lot of content on our social media feeds showing A-Listers passing the time.

An accurate depiction of me during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with this are some old school musical legends who are popping up and giving the performance of a lifetime. And no, I’m not talking about those LiveStream concerts.

For more on celebrities social-distancing amidst COVID-19 concerns, check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

I’m talking about the nostalgic musical artists who are parodying their songs in the name of coronavirus, updating the lyrics and showing off their impressive vocal talent. So, without further ado, here are the coronavirus versions of songs, that sound better than the original. There, I said it! 

Anastasia – I’m Outta Dove

Now, I know we all miss Anastasia, but, this queen has taken to social media to bring back one of our favourite noughties hits. ‘I’m Outta Love’ – which, if I may add, was featured on the first-ever So Fresh CD – is back on our listening radars because of this iconic parody. The nostalgic queen assures her viewers that what they’re about to witness isn’t spon-con, right before she belts out “I’m Outta Dove, I can’t get clean, I’m at home in quarantine, it could be three days, God forbid a month and my nose can’t handle me, I’m outta Dove, can’t get clean, I’m at home in quarantine, I’m outta Dove.” Okay, pop off incredible vocals. 

JoJo – Chill (Stay In)

There were a good few years when JoJo disappeared from the spotlight, due to a dodgy record contract. But now that she’s out of it, she’s dropping new music including a revamp of her 2004 hit, ‘Leave (Get Out)’. Honestly, we stan a queen who can flip their song in the name of spreading awareness. JoJo belts “I never thought corona, could be such a nasty bitch, but now that’s she’s here, boy all I want is for you to use common sense.” Then, she vocally kills it, when she sings “Stay in, right now, do it for humanity, I’m deadass about that, but we will survive. So you gon’ learn how to cook now and practice good hygiene…”  Come through with the facts, JoJo.

Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (Don’t Touch Me)

Just yesterday, Neil Diamond shared a new rendition of everyone’s favourite pub-rock song,  ‘Sweet Caroline’. The updated lyrics encourage people to wash their hands amid COVID-19 concerns. He introduces the revamped song by saying, “I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love you, and I think, maybe if we sing together, well, we’ll just feel a little bit better. Give it a try, OK?” Just when you think he’s doing a stripped back cover, he hits you with the important information you need to know, singing  “Hands … washing hands … reaching out … don’t touch me … I won’t touch you.” Washing hands? Social distancing? We stan a woke king. 

If you’re looking for more iconic tunes to add to your quarantine playlist, don’t worry, we’ve got you!

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