Kris Aquino has been into simplification and decluttering her stuff these past few days.
She even released a nine-part vlog on YouTube about decluttering some of her items last January.
The 48-year-old celebrity mom actually got inspired with Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo, who recently released a tidying series on Netflix.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press, Kris admitted that they have been storing so many things—from clothes, shoes, to other miscellaneous items—at their home, especially the stuff she gets for her youngest son, Bimby.
This motivated the host-actress to have her two boys' closets organized.
"The only reason that I super got into decluttering was because I realized na we just have too much stuff," Kris said during her press conference for Japanese kitchenware brand Asvel last Friday, February 22, at The Podium, Mandaluyong City.
She continued, "And at least with Kuya, he’s already that size, and he’s maintaining that size already.
"But with Bimb, it’s like he grows half an inch or an inch every month as in I just measured him again."
Kris said Bimby already stands 5'9.5" tall as he turns 12 this April 19.
She continued, "So they have only managed to have clothes, as far as brands are concerned and by color."
Kris proudly noted that she personally fixed and decluttered some of the items in her room.
"Na-organize ko all my essential oils, me, myself ha," she said.
"Proud na proud na ako gumawa, and I was the one also who fixed all my cards because I’m into writing by hand—whether it’s a greeting card, a happy birthday, Merry Christmas, thank you cards—it’s always handwritten.
"So those are in compartments, they have zip locks, but they also put it in that white one," she said while pointing out one of the food containers displayed at the event.
Kris continued, "Alam kong hindi siya pang cards but ginagamit ko siya for cards.
"And then I also was able to fix all my pens, by color. I fixed all my journals and then after I fix all my journals, I also fixed all our notebooks and our yellow pad.
"Basta my room now, dati kasi it looked, 'Oh, my god, may storm na dumaan'
"But now, it’s so much neater, and I’m so proud of myself and the two boys, they’re not a problem because they’re not makalat. The mom is makalat."
Kris admits that she's not that hands-on when it comes to managing their household.
But the celebrity mom noted that she still oversees everything about their home.
Her own pantry found inside her room is well-organized, with its coffeemaker and small appliances.
She told the press, "I think I don’t wanna lie ha, na I’m hands-on, because we have a staff. But I’m so particular about fixing—kasi I have a pantry where my Nespresso is there, and my Samsung na all-in-one is there.
"Then there’s also an oven toaster there. That’s all in my room."
Kris also said she meticulously fixes her Nespresso coffee capsules.
"They have to be all the same color kasi, di ba, they have wooden boxes, so I really fix all of that."
One thing that Kris is also very particular about are their expensive cutlery.
"I’m just really very particular about where they keep the different utensils like dapat dito, feeling ko kasi heirloom yun for the kids. So nag-invest ako ng silverware talaga, so may Christofle, may Tiffany.
"So yun talaga, I know where those are at bilang yon. Kasi sinasabi ko, 'Lagot kayo kung mayroong isang mabawas dito.’
"Again, I’m quoting my mom, she said na, 'Nice silverware is a good investment because you can pass it on through generation and generations but don’t spend so much on plates because nababasag.'"
Kris loves her stuff organized by category and labeled properly.
"It makes me happy na I like things to be naka-label sila lahat and then I write also the expiration date.
"And I think that’s a tip for everyone ha, na to make sure na when you’re gonna use things and you’re transferring it to a different container, apart from writing kunwari 'creamer,' and then I put the label it expires whether May 2019 or whatever.
"Nilalagay din doon para alam."
When it comes to food, she prefers it stored in a glass container instead of plastic-made ones.
She explained, "I kinda make pabili food a little more often so we’re scared about cross-contamination because I have so many conditions.
"We bring our own so it comes from the house and complete ako with this collection and I like the glass ones...
Kris added, "When it’s plastic, di ba sometimes, dumidikit the smell."
Aside from these, she also has her medications organized.