Decluttering … Does it spark joy for you?
As we move closer to spring yet remain at home, we may have additional time on our hands and an inclination to consider decluttering our space in order to prepare for the new season.
But where to start, and what to do first?
Marie Kondo, also known as Konmari, is a Japanese organizing consultant, author, and TV show host who has inspired many people to get organised over the past few years. Her book and Netflix series have changed the way we approach organisation.
According to the KonMari method, if you follow the steps and declutter your space, you’ll never have to do it again.
The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and finally sentimental items.
“Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go”.
Here are some of her top tips:
Make sure everything has its place.
As much as possible all items should have a designated ‘place’ in the home. If it helps, label areas and storage baskets so that everyone knows where things live and where they should be put.
Get rid of papers.
With lots more of our paperwork being available online be ruthless with what you keep. If you do keep paperwork, regularly go through your papers and clear your folders/files.
Use vertical space.
According to Kondo, arranging things vertically will save space and allow you to find your belongings more easily. For example, try storing your folded t-shirts in towers. Choosing an outfit becomes a lot easier when all of your options are clearly laid out.
Only keep items of clothing that bring you joy.
When clearing out your clothes, hold each item in your hand and ask yourself: “Does this bring me joy?” She insists you’ll know the answer right away!
Keep small change in your wallet or purse.
Put loose change straight in your purse. That way, you’ll actually spend the money instead of letting it sit in a drawer/jar or piggy bank for years.