Ready to KonMari in 2019? Marie Kondo shares her six rules of tidying

ABC News(NEW YORK) — If you have not yet heard of Marie Kondo, you may be living under a pile of clutter.

The home organization guru who sparked a phenomenon with her KonMari method of tidying based on joy is back in the spotlight again.

Kondo is the star of a new Netflix series in which she travels across the U.S. to teach American families the Japanese art of decluttering.

“My mission is to spark joy in the world through tidying,” Kondo says in the opening of her show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Joy is at the heart of Kondo’s organizing process. The first thing she says to ask yourself when cleaning and getting rid of items is, “Does the item spark joy?”

If the answer is no, then it should be donated or given to a friend, according to Kondo, the author of the bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

Being able to determine what items spark joy is a skill that has to be developed, Kondo told ABC News’ Good Morning America.

If you have an item, such as a piece of clothing, that doesn’t spark joy but is well used, you can change the way you think about the item, according to Kondo. Those items can stay.

“When you wear it, if it gives you, you know, at the most important moment, it really helps you to have this or wear this then hold onto it and say, ‘Thank you for helping me in those moments,'” Kondo said.

Closets for most people include a section of clothes they used to fit into at a different size. When it comes to those items, Kondo has one question to ask.

“The determination point is by looking at it, does it make you want to go exercise so you can fit into it? Or does it make you dread that you have to exercise because you want to fit into it?” Kondo explained.

Kondo’s practice also includes thanking the clothes you decide to part with before putting them in the donation pile.

“It’s difficult for us to let go of things because of, for one, the memories associated to it, but also, a lot of people kind of associate their identity with their possession,” she said. “So that makes it much more difficult for people to throw things away.”

Kondo suggests tackling clutter by category, not location. For example, instead of taking on an entire bedroom, first start with clothes, then books, then paper, then miscellaneous items and then sentimental items. De-cluttering by category is one of Kondo’s six rules of tidying. The six rules are, in order:

1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
3. Finish discarding first.
4. Tidy by category, not by location.
5. Follow the right order (clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous items, sentimental items).
6. Ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?”

Viewers of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo can see that Kondo’s method is truly life-changing for the families she visits.

“There’s nothing … happier than hearing them, that their life changed,” Kondo told GMA.

Viewers have also been quick to take to social media to show off their tidying, including Kondo’s most famous organizing trick, the KonMari folding method.
Kondo recommends folding clothes in halfs or thirds so you end up with a rectangle that stands up by itself. The clothes can then be placed in drawers or on shelves upright so you can easily see what you have.

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Kevin Spacey pulled over for speeding near Washington, D.C.

Entertainment News  Kevin Spacey pulled over for speeding near Washington, D.C.


Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON D.C.) — Hours after pleading not guilty to sexual assault allegations in a Nantucket Island, Massachusetts court on Monday, Kevin Spacey found himself in more trouble, this time near Washington, D.C. for allegedly speeding.

Spacey was pulled over near the airport and “given a verbal warning for speeding,” a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority told local station WTOP.

A video that appears to have captured the incident was posted on TMZ on Monday evening.

The former House of Cards actor had reportedly been staying in the D.C. area, where the Netflix show was filmed, prior to his court hearing, according to WTOP.

Spacey, 59, was arraigned Monday morning on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery stemming from an alleged 2016 encounter with an 18-year-old busboy at a Nantucket restaurant and bar.

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As ‘Aquaman’ approaches the billion dollar mark, Jason Momoa thanks fans

Entertainment News  As 'Aquaman' approaches the billion dollar mark, Jason Momoa thanks fans


Eric Charbonneau(LOS ANGELES) — The king of the undersea world is over the moon after Aquaman has become the highest-grossing superhero movie in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics Extended Universe — DCEU, to the geek set.

Jason Momoa took a few moments to Instagram a thank you to moviegoers for showing up in droves all over the globe to see his film. “I just wanna say ‘Aloha’ and ‘I love you’ to you all the friends and the fans” the affable former Game of Thrones star said, before adding with a smile, “it’s even better the second time, so if you haven’t seen it a second time, please do.”

Evidentally, people have been: the movie, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe, earned more than $260 million on our shores, but its worldwide total is approaching the billion dollar mark: it stands at more than $943 million — surpassing former DCEU champ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

It should be noted that the highest-earning DC Comics-based film is The Dark Knight Rises, which isn’t part of the DCEU. It earned more than $1.08 billion in its run, and earned a posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker.

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Four killed, hundreds injured in rush hour train crash in South Africa

WORLD NEWS Four killed, hundreds injured in rush hour train crash in South Africa

omersukrugoksu/iStock(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Four people are dead and hundreds more were injured when two trains collided during the early morning rush hour commute in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday.

Hundreds of commuters remain trapped inside the carriages and emergency response officials say the number of fatalities might rise as the wreckage is being cleared.

Shawn Herbst, the media liaison officer of Netcare 911, a private emergency medical response company, told ABC News there were about 800 people on the two trains and more than 620 sustained minor to moderate injuries. One person was critically injured and airlifted to a local hospital.

Emergency workers from the City of Tshwane are helping to treat the wounded and free the trapped passengers.
The city’s mayor, Solly Msimanga, sent his condolences to the victims’ families via his official Twitter account.

Accident investigators are combing the scene for clues about the cause of the accident in a probe that is expected to last for several days.

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Four lifestyle changes can ‘undo’ damage to your body, according to new book

Poike/iStock(NEW YORK) — At a time of year when many are filled with fresh resolutions, a new book from a noted medical pioneer says you can reverse the damage you’ve done to your body — having a positive impact on heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers by simply implementing small lifestyle changes.

Dr. Dean Ornish and his wife Anne are out with a new book on health, and after years of research and peer-reviewed studies, they say their approach to health can be summed up in a simple mantra: “Eat well, move more, stress less, love more — boom that’s it!”

Anne Ornish added that the first few tips sound straightforward, but the most important part of the mantra lies in the the “love more” part of the health program.

“I understand eat well, I understand move more, yeah stress, but this love more thing I‘m not sure,” Anne Ornish said of most people’s perception of the program. “But it actually turns out to be the most meaningful part of the program.”

Together, the Ornishes have created an institute and program for people who want to reverse heart disease, fight prostate cancer and undo the effects of diabetes.

“When people start with our program it’s because some sort of catastrophic thing has happened or a lot of fear,” Anne Ornish said.

The couple says patients often embrace clean eating, and jump into exercise.

“Eat well means eat whole foods, plant based foods low in fat low in sugar as they come in nature,” Dean Ornish said.

Anne Ornish added, “Whatever activity you love just do that and do a little bit more of it,” when it comes to fitness.

And while fear often initially drives many of people’s behavior changes, the Ornishes say you need a positive motivator to sustain the healthy habits you pick up.

“Study after study show that people who are lonely and isolated are 3 to 10 times more likely to get sick and die prematurely from pretty much anything, compared to those who are connected with love and community and I don’t know anything in medicine that has that much of an impact,” Dean Ornish said.

Anne Ornish added that they take this approach to health and promote scheduling family time, prioritizing date nights, seeking mental health support and making meditation a part of every day.

“To the extent that we schedule in our loved ones the way we do our other appointments we’ll have a richer healthier lifestyle,” Anne Ornish said.

Dean Ornish emphasized that it is important, even when you don’t feel like you have time to meditate, to still try and find time.

“I get up 10 to 15 minutes earlier and I feel more rested than if I’d slept that extra time,” he said. “When you meditate things don’t bother you as much, your fuse gets longer … same kids same job same stresses but you are buffered against it.”

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Clemson overpowers Alabama in championship game, wins 44-16

Sports News Clemson overpowers Alabama in championship game, wins 44-16

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — The Clemson Tigers dominated the Alabama Crimson Tide in Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 to take home its second national championship in the past three seasons. Alabama, ranked No. 1, had been the favorite to win.

With the victory, Clemson finished its season 15-0, becoming the first Division I/FBS team to end with a perfect record since Penn in 1897, according to ESPN.

The Tigers will celebrate their win at home on Saturday with a victory parade beginning at 9 a.m. ET followed by a celebration at Clemson Memorial Stadium at 10:30 a.m.

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Scoreboard roundup — 1/7/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 1/7/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:

(2) Clemson 44, (1) Alabama 16

San Antonio 119, Detroit 107
Boston 116, Brooklyn 95
New Orleans 114, Memphis 95
Milwaukee 114, Utah 102
Houston 125, Denver 113
L.A. Lakers 107, Dallas 97
Portland 111, NY Knicks 101
Sacramento 111, Orlando 95

Nashville 4, Toronto 0
St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 0
Minnesota 1, Montreal 0
Calgary 4, Chicago 3
San Jose 3, L.A. Kings 1

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Kim Jong Un makes fourth visit to China in a year

WORLD NEWS Kim Jong Un makes fourth visit to China in a year

Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images(BEIJING) — North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing Tuesday for his fourth visit to China in a year.

Chinese state media reported that Kim came at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, ahead of an expected but yet to be confirmed second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Tuesday also happens to be the North Korean leader’s birthday. He is believed to be turning 36.

A three-car North Korean train pulled into Beijing Railway station Tuesday morning shortly after China’s Xinhua News Agency confirmed Kim would be visiting the country Jan. 7-10.

In a break with previous visits, Chinese state media confirmed the North Korean leader’s trip while he was still in the country. Previously, official visits by Kim, his father or grandfather were announced only after they were back over the border.

Meanwhile, North Korean state media aired footage of Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, boarding the train departing Pyongyang.

Rumors of another visit came late Monday night as a North Korean train passed into the Chinese city of Dandong under heavy security. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency then reported that “a senior North Korean official” was aboard the train.

Since last year, Xi and Kim has cultivated closer ties in what had previously been a frosty relationship. However since Kim’s outreach to Seoul and Washington, the North Korean leader has coordinated with China in the lead-up to and the aftermath of the inter-Korean Summit with Seoul and the Singapore summit with the U.S.

South Korea’s presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-keum said, “We especially hope that the fourth visit to China of Chairman Kim will be a steppingstone for the second North Korea and U.S. summit.”

Negotiations between the United States and North Korea have stalled since the two leaders met in Singapore last June, pinning hopes of any breakthrough with the leaders meeting again for a second summit.

Both Trump and Kim have alluded to a summit being in the works.

“We are negotiating a location … it will be announced probably in the not-too-distant future,” Trump said Sunday at the White House.

In his annual New Year address last week, Kim Jong Un said that he was “ready to sit with the U.S. president again at any time in the future and will make efforts by all means that will produce a result that will be welcomed by the international community.”

However, he also warned, “We could be left with no choice but to seek a new way if the U.S. does not make good on its promises, misjudges our patience, while seeking to force things unilaterally and clinging to sanctions and pressure.”

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“The Bachelor” premiere recap: Colton Underwood’s journey begins as six women head home

Entertainment News  "The Bachelor" premiere recap: Colton Underwood's journey begins as six women head home


ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — The Bachelor‘s 23rd season kicked off Monday with Colton Underwood arriving in Mexico looking to rebound after being rejected on season 14 of The Bachelorette by Becca Kufrin after professing his love for her,

The 26-year-old Indianapolis, Indiana native had nothing to lose when he arrived in Mexico — except his famously intact virginity.

One by one, the ladies arrived at the bachelor mansion hoping to make a memorable first impression, some more over-the-top than others.

For instance, there was 23-year-old Alex D., who stepped out of the limousine wearing a full sloth costume that even covered her face. She also moved and spoke v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, which is the way she planned to take things with Colton.

Tracy, a wardrobe stylist from Santa Monica, arrived in a police car, siren blaring, explaining that she was the fashion police. Luckily, she didn’t have to arrest Colton.

Erin, 28, whose occupation is listed as “Cinderella,” arrived at the mansion in a horse-drawn carriage and left Colton a glass slipper.

Catherine, a DJ from Fort Lauderdale, came with her beloved Pomeranian, whom she left in Colton’s care.

Finally, there was Caitlin, who greeted Colton with a cherry-red balloon, which she popped — a not so subtle hint at what she envisions happening between her and Colton.

The ladies were all on their best behavior, until host Chris Harrison brought out the first impression rose, presented to the lucky one with whom Colton an instant connection. That’s when “the claws came out,” according to one woman.

The ladies seemed to politely take turns spending a little alone time with Colton, until Catherine — the dog lady — felt her time had been cut short by Tracy. She went quietly, but shortly returned to steal Colton back.

Onyeka, a 24-year-old risk consultant from Dallas, decided to give Catherine a taste of her own medicine by breaking up the conversation with, “I heard you were drowning in some b*******!” Still not satisfied, Catherine broke up another conversation between Colton and 23-year-old Miss Alabama 2018, Hannah B., prompting Colton to comment, “Third time’s the charm.”

That led to a confrontation between Onyeka and Catherine, with the former telling Catherine she was “rubbing people the wrong way.” Catherine ignored the warning, interrupting 25-year-old Colorado-based business developer Tahzjuan’s time with Colton. Tahzjuan tells the camera that the ladies will lose it if she gets a rose.

Ultimately, the first impression rose went to Hannah G., who “owned” her “nervousness” and “imperfections,” according to Colton. Addressing the camera, he added that “There was a nice chemistry and a spark with Hannah” and that he “didn’t want to stop kissing her.”

The first rose ceremony concluded with six ladies — Alex D., Tahzjuan, Devin, Erin, Laura and Revian — going home. Catherine remains for now, ensuring more drama to come.

Here are the remaining women:

Alex B., 29, dog rescuer from Vancouver, Canada.
Angelique, 28, marketing salesperson from Hamilton, New Jersey.
Annie, 23, financial consultant, New York, NY
Bri, 24, model from Los Angeles, California
Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, North Carolina
Caitlin, 25, realtor from Toronto, Canada
Cassie, 23, speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, California
Catherine, 26, DJ from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Courtney, 23, caterer from Atlanta, Georgia.
Demi, 23, interior designer from Red Oak, Texas
Elyse, 31, makeup artist from Soldotna, Alaska
Erika, 25, recruiter from Encinitas, California
Hannah B., 23, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Hannah G., 23, content creator from Birmingham, Alabama
Heather, 22, from Carlsbad, California
Adianne “Jane”, 26, from West Hollywood, California
Katie, 26, medical sales rep from Sherman Oaks, California
Kirpa, 26, dental hygienist from Whittier, California
Nicole, 25, social media coordinator from Miami, Florida
Nina, 30, sales account manager from Raleigh, North Carolina
Onyeka, 24, risk consultant from Dallas, Texas
Sydney, 27, NBA dancer, New York, NY
Tayshia, 28, phlebotomist from Corona Del Mar, California
Tracy, 31, wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles California

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Jimmy Kimmel promises to hire one furloughed federal worker a night during gov’t shutdown

Entertainment News  Jimmy Kimmel promises to hire one furloughed federal worker a night during gov't shutdown


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel’s doing his part to lend a hand to furloughed federal workers as the government shutdown enters its 18th day.

On Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, our host promised to give a different furloughed federal worker a job on his staff every night until the shutdown ends. 

Last night, it was California prison guard John Kostelnik, who sat in with Kimmel’s house band, Cleto and the Cletones.

The fact that Kostelnik doesn’t play a musical instrument wasn’t a problem.  Kimmel handed him a tambourine and urged him to “have fun with it, really go wild.  The guys like it.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 ET/10:35 CT on ABC.

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Posted On 08 Jan 2019