If you’re a homeowner and you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo yet, where have you been? Not only is Marie Kondo a Japanese organizing consultant. e’s Shr’s also a best selling author with a mile long waiting list for people who want her help in Japan, and also has her own show on Netflix! But why should you care about her? Marie has been teaching people that keeping things clean and tidy at home can be truly magical, and allow you to make space to bring more joy into your life. Her advice may seem a little radical to some, but those who are trying it are finding that there is a lot of truth in what she says.
However, i’m not going to make this post all about her. But we are going to explore some of her ideas and look at other things that can prove there is magic in tidying up and make it less of a chore. Read on for interesting ideas and advice on the subject (it’s the perfect way to procrastinate if you’re actually supposed to be cleaning)…
Does This Item Spark Joy?
One of Marie’s main rules is to make sure you only keep items that spark joy. You should physically put your hands on an item and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it does, great! You have a barometer for how your other items should make you feel. If it doesn’t, then thank it for its service and then get rid of it. It sounds a little kooky, but it’s a great way to bring more positivity into your life and feel great.
Only the items that bring you the most joy should remain in your home. Then, ensure every item that you keep is in a place where it’s visible, accessible, and easy to grab and put back. This is when you’ll find your housekeeping truly joyful, and you’ll never feel like cleaning is a chore ever again.
Tackle Categories Rather Than Rooms
This is another technique that can help you to get things done far more effectively. You can have the same types of items in different rooms, so dealing with things by item can be much better than doing it by room. It’s best to deal things that you are less emotionally attached to, as emotions attached to certain items can make it really difficult to get rid of them. Which could leave you procrastinating on this important task. It’s a good idea to do your clothes first, then books, and mementos and photos last. Put things in order of your emotional attachment to them.
Don’t Get Nostalgic
Do not get side tracked while you’re taking this job on. Ignore your old souvenirs, letters, and mementos that could take you down the rabbit hole and distract you from the task at hand. It’s all too easy to do, so stay mindful. In fact, it’s advised that you don’t even have music on while you clean things out. Really focusing on the task and the items you own will ensure you make all the right decisions and finish with a wonderful feeling of satisfaction.
Do Your Items Look Happy?
How can a T-shirt or a vase look happy, you’re probably wondering. However, items that you find squashed, balled up, and otherwise look uncared for definitely don’t look happy. This can make your home feel untidy, claustrophobic, and disastrous in general. You definitely won’t be feeling as joyous as you could be! Making your items look happier means ensuring they each have space to breathe, that they’re folded neatly and effectively, and that they make you happy when you look at them. A nice way to consider folding your items is vertically, so you can see what is what without messing everything up!
Pay Attention To How Good It Feels To Purge
Purging is usually a good idea when you take this task on. You probably have lots of items that you haven’t used for a while but feel guilty getting rid of them, either because you remember how expensive they were, because they were a gift, or for some other reason. Remember how good purging feels and vow to be vigilant when you’re looking at your items. Whether you’re looking at a piece of clothing or some other item, if you haven’t used it in a year or more, you probably won’t use it again. If you know you have a lot of items that you’ll want to purge, looking at rubbish bin hire is worthwhile. Do your research to make sure you end up with the right company for you.
Fall In Love With Your Closet
It’s time to fall in love with your clothing. Assuming you’ve gotten rid of the pieces that don’t give you joy already, it’s now time to give items more breathing space. If you’re unsure of how to hang your clothes – line everything up so that you create a slope at the bottom. It looks a little quirky. You might even want to take this opportunity to rethink your style if you haven’t been happy with it for a while or if getting dressed is too difficult. Getting dressed will no longer be a chore, and you’ll feel better every day.
Set Aside A Whole Day To Sort Everything Out
It’s going to take a while to sort things out, especially if you’re serious. Get a sitter for the kids/pets, get up early, have a good breakfast, and plan snack breaks. This will take work, but it will be more than worth it. Once it’s complete, ensure you have a system in place to keep everything maintained. Don’t just tell yourself you’ll do a little each day, as you’ll feel like it’s never ending!
Remember; every single thing you own should spark joy in your life. It should be beautiful, useful, or both. If you know that this isn’t the case, change it now before you accumulate even more junk!
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