When it comes to decluttering, the methods of Marie Kondo are cast upon us. Whilst the world has spent the best part of a yearcooped inside, many people noticed things about their homes that have perhaps been overlooked for a long time- and probably thought about starting to declutter certain rooms. As idyllic as a clutter free, clean and airy home sounds, sometimes the process of decluttering is nothing but stressful and emotional- especially when you accidentally end up throwing sentimental items. Japanese author and tidying expert Marie Kondo recently enlightened our lives with the ‘KonMari’- an approach to tidying that replaces the madness with method by encouragingtidying by category rather than location and making final decisions on whether to discard an item based on the inner joy it brings you.
As effective as the KonMarie method is, it is also overwhelmingly time consuming- especially if you aren’t the type to easily part with belongings. However, the teachings of Marie Kondo, intertwined with some time saving tips we buy any home have generated, decluttering your home does not have to be stressful or excessively time consuming, and will leaveyour home feeling clean and your belongings decluttered.
Tip #1- Mindset:
Perhaps the most obvious yet overlooked, is our attitude towards decluttering. We tend to overcomplicate the art of decluttering or suddenly develop an irrational love for items that have been locked away for years- because we simply don’t want to partwith them. Before you even reach for the ‘dump’ box, think of decluttering like this: you are simply editing your home, and the reward is a home that will only contain things that make you happy.
Tip #2- No, You Won’t Need That ‘At a Later Date’:
Stop making excuses and get rid! Items that have no purpose but are kept on the premise that “it might be needed someday” do nothing but transform your home into a storage unit. A lot of things can be donated, recycled or regifted. The KonMarie method, and most other tidying- guru’s such as Mrs. Hinch argue that if an item hasn’t been used or thought of for 90 days- and won’t be used in the next 90 days, it’s probably best to give it up.
Tip #3- Don’t Focus on Finance:
There is a certain pain when throwing away items you havespent money on, so its unsurprising that we hang onto many things due to their price, rather than assessing their usefulness in the home or to us. Whilst some things are investments, others are simply nothing more than items that have served their purpose. Giving yourself a powerful conscious and permission to think about repurchasing more useful items down the line will enable you to declutter effectively and efficiently.
Tip #4- Out of Sight, Out of Mind:
Sometimes the after-effects of a decluttering session can leave us with regret. It’s not long before we’re rooting through boxes and bin-liners, taking things back out and claiming we forgot how useful they are. To avoid this slippery slope the answer is simple, get it out of the house pronto. Springing into action and taking the items to their destination will remove the temptation of reclaiming everything you were supposed to get rid of.
Tip #5- Does it Spark Joy?
The work of Marie Kondo is globally recognised because, well, it works. The shtick of asking yourself if each item sparks joy is a legitimate way of having a small reflective moment of why you even own or bought that item. Perhaps people don’t think of mundane objects as necessarily sparking joy, but if it works for you, it’s a galvanizing way to declutter and let go of some things.
Decluttering has many benefits. Not only is a clutter-free house aesthetically pleasing, but it makes maintaining a clean house easier. It’s also an effective way to practice self-care as it gives you control over your home, items and enables you to create a space in which time and energy results in clarity, happiness and a general lift in well-being.