De cluttering your home could be the catalyst to getting your life on track. It might sound a little farfetched, but it really can have a profound effect on your mental clarity and day to day life. By organizing the home and getting rid of things you no longer need, you may begin to think and see things with a clearer mind.
We looked to Marie Kondo for some much needed advice. For those who don’t know Kondo is renowned for her expertise in helping people transform their homes into spaces of serenity and calm. Sounds a dream, but unfortunately we aren’t able to magically fly her overseas to our homes. Being left to de clutter alone can be a pretty large and daunting prospect. So we’re going to break down a few of her ingenious methods here just to give you a little idea of how to declutter Kondo style:
- Be committed. Don’t leap into this with uncertainty and doubt. You need to be fully invested in the task at hand because tidying takes effort and persistence. Once you’re sure you’re in it for the long haul, go for it!
- Tidy by category, not by location. This simplifies things and allows an accurate measure of the volumes in each category. Tidying in this way enables you to see if you have too much of something i.e. clothes. (Which many of us probably do!)
- Ask yourself – does it bring me joy? Look to the object (whatever it may be) and question whether it sparks a sense of joy in your heart. If you feel no connection towards it, Marie suggests throwing it away. Brutal but necessary.
- Clean systematically. Tidy up in an order and stick to it. It is so easy to get caught up in one thing whilst clearing out another. Focus on one category at a time and try not to get lost in nostalgia along the way!
- Don’t keep gifts you dislike. Never feel guilty for throwing away a gift if you do not like it. Re-gift it to someone who will love it more or donate it to charity.
- Find a home for the items you’ve decided to keep. Now you’ve chosen what to keep, it’s time to place them neatly away. This will now become its designated home when not in use. Putting it back in its place will eventually become second nature.
Once it’s over congratulate yourself and take in all the hard work you have achieved. Pretty amazing! We’ll be sitting back enjoying our new found space with a tub of Coppa della Maga and a glass of wine! We hope you’ll be doing just that too!