What is Marie Kondo's 'power spot' and where is it in your home?

Marie Kondo explains what the power spot is and how spending time in it will make you happier in your home

Marie Kondo on Sparking Joy
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Marie Kondo has shared many pearls of organizational wisdom on her new Netflix series, Sparking Joy. The world-famous decluttering expert encourages clients to make a colorful 'sparking joy line' in their closets and to arrange jewelry by imagining how it might be displayed in a store.

Among all kinds of other practical organization ideas, Marie Kondo highlights the importance of finding your 'power spot.' But what actually is it, and how do we locate the power spot in our home?

Marie Kondo on Sparking Joy

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'For me, creating a "power spot" and spending time in it is one of my favorite ways to relax,' says Marie Kondo. 'Your power spot can be a side table, a comfortable chair, even an entire room.

'The only requirement is that it be filled with objects that spark joy,' she says. Marie points to her vase of fresh white roses, flickering candle and crystals displayed on a small occasional table in her living room as examples of decor that spark joy and serenity.

Marie explains that by spending time in your power spot, you will dramatically increase the enjoyment you feel at home. As for your personal power spot, it can be wherever you want it to be.

boho love seat from Loaf in pale blue

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We love the idea of making a cozy reading nook into a power spot for fall, kitted out with our best armchair or chaise longue, a gorgeous lamp, artwork, and the softest blankets money can buy.

In terms of whole rooms, the living room - or perhaps a home office if you're lucky enough to have one - are spaces that lend themselves to being a power spot. Alternatively, you could give neglected areas like the area around the kitchen sink some love to make washing up feel more joyful.

Maybe you'd like to create a sanctuary in your laundry room so folding clothes becomes a peaceful break from busy family life rather than a dreaded chore. 

Loaf love seat chaise

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Real Homes Digital Editor Hebe Hatton shares her power spot: 'I live in an open-plan space so creating 'spots' all over my apartment is something I have come to do naturally as I try and zone the space. My go-to power spot, the place I always sit with my morning coffee, is at one end of my sofa.

'It's the end that sits the corner with an overflowing bookshelf above and a table perfect for a coffee and magazine next to it,' says Hebe. 'From there, I can pretty much see my whole space, and there's the best view out of the window from there too. 

'It's also known as the worst spot for watching TV so it feels separate from where I spend my evenings,' she adds. Creating a power spot is a great exercise that will inspire you to lovingly decorate other areas of your home so they're filled with things that make you smile.

Where will yours be?

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.