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Spring Decluttering Tips from Marie Kondo

Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo has 6 basic rules; Commit yourself to tidying up. Imagine your ideal lifestyle. Finish discarding first. Tidy by category, not location. Follow the right order. Ask yourself, does it spark joy?

Here’s Kondo’s advice on those obstacles that keep some of us buried in clutter.

space

Space

Don’t blame the size of your home for your lack of organisation. Kondo has previously stated that she has effectively organised homes in Japan where a 1000 square-foot home is deemed large.

Her advice: “When organising a small house, it is important to store things in the same category rather than scattering them in different places around the house. In order to take full advantage of the storage space you have around the house, store everything vertically, this will help you save significant space.”

Sentimentality

Sentimentality

Marie Kondo’s advice for dealing with sentimental items is to tidy them up, only after you have organised the ‘less emotional’ categories. You want to begin with books, papers and clothing, putting aside any items that bring back a memory, this will then effectively begin building your ‘sentimental items category’. She states that “by tidying non-sentimental items first you give yourself time to sort through your thoughts and emotions before going through the sentimental items you have set aside.”

What about those items that give you joy every time you look at them? “keep them proudly” she says.

Money

Money

Kondo believes that you do not need anything apart from a donation bag when you begin to tidy up, no expenses need to be spent on organisational accessories, only on those items that help you achieve your ideal vision for your home: “if your kitchen is your favourite space in your home, that might be an area worth spending a little money to upgrade your organisation.”

Empty your bag at the end of every day

Empty your bag at the end of every day

This is a great habit to pick up as by sparing just 5-10 minutes a day to discard anything unnecessary. Not only will you begin each day with a clean slate but you will also have the pleasure of eliminating the burden of ‘things’ piling up or becoming lost or forgotten.

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