Spring cleaning | De-clutter your space with the Marie ‘Konmari’ Kondo art to tidying up
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant, who has written four books. Her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, (2011) has been published in more than 30 countries. She calls this technique the KonMari method, which consists of gathering together everything you own, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things which “spark joy”. Her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon.
We break down 5 life-changing de-cluttering lessons from the book to get you started
“The most basic rule is to hang clothes in the same category side by side, dividing your closet into a jacket section, a suit section, and so on.” | Start with your closet. Organize each item in your wardrobe in separate categories like shirts, underwear, socks, jackets etc. Store things standing up rather than laid flat to save space.
“It is much harder to choose books when they are still on the shelf.” | Next comes the bookshelf. Pile up all your books, take them in your hand one by one and decide whether it thrills you or not. Don’t think ‘sometimes’ because it means ‘never’. It’s better to read the book that really grabs you right now than later.
“My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw them all away.” | Next in line is your workspace. Dispose of anything that does not fall in these three categories: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely. Put them all in one place and don’t let them spread to other parts of the house.
“If you see a cord and wonder what on earth it’s for, chances are you’ll never use it again.” |That, indefinitely, includes, sort the tangled mess of charging cables, headphones, wires and cables that are of no use to you.
“Empty your bag every day.” | This particular bit, we really liked, and would recommend you to make it a routine. You will be surprised with the amount of unnecessary bills, subway tickets, waste papers you will get rid of.
Whether you are a hoarder or anti-clutter, these tips will save you space and time. So, try these simple methods to organize your space, and let the joy flow into your life. Let us know your thoughts below.
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