We share some of the home organisation tips we learnt from Marie Kondo
After hit TV series, ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ was released on Netflix in January, it seems the whole nation has jumped on the ‘getting organised’ bandwagon.
If your house needs some serious organisation and decluttering but you’re not sure how to tackle it, then we’ve put together some of the most valuable lessons that we’ve learnt.
Lesson one: Commit yourself to the process – it’s not a sprint to the finish.
Getting your house in order can seem like a daunting and never-ending task, so it can be hard to feel motivated.
Rushing to get it done quickly is only a short-term fix, which, more often than not, results in things just being hidden away rather than properly organised – out of sight, out of mind.
It will probably require a full weekend, or for you to spread it out over a few evenings, but once it’s done, not only will you fall back in love with your space but keeping on top of it will be easier.
Lesson two: Tackle by category, not by room.
This may sound odd but hear us out – there is logic behind this.
Tidying by room is a natural instinct for most people, but it can be unproductive, as you end up moving things from one room to the next without getting rid of anything.
By organising by category instead - the KonMari Method – decluttering is easy.
But where to begin? Don’t worry, Marie Kondo tackles this for you too. She recommends you begin with clothing as it’s the least difficult. Before moving on to books, papers, and miscellaneous items then finishing with sentimental Items, which is by far the most difficult category.
Start by collecting all of your clothes from around the house and piling them into the middle of the room. Having everything in one place will make it easier to focus on deciding what to keep and what to donate or sell.
Lesson three: Ask yourself “Does it spark joy?”
Surrounding yourself with items and possessions that make you happy is important, but most of our homes are filled with things that spark no emotion whatsoever. That old pair of socks with a hole in the heel definitely isn’t sparking joy, so why are they still stuffed in the drawer?
When you’re sorting through your possessions, spend a few extra seconds to understand how you feel about it. If it’s negative or nothing, get rid.
If you’re undecided, leave it until the end and try again.
“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.”
― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Lesson four: You’ve been folding wrong without realising.
Wasting time on a morning digging through piles of clothes because you can’t see where your favourite t-shirt is can be a nightmare. This is because we’ve ALL been folding our clothes wrong.
The trick is to fold everything into thirds (including socks!) and place into the drawer vertically.
Stacking clothes this way is not only a space saver, but it also allows you to see where everything is without having to refold the whole drawer afterwards.
This doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Do it while you’re watching your favourite TV series, or listening to an audiobook.
Integrate this practice in your daily routine and before long, you’ll be a pro.
Lesson five: Respect your belongings.
You’ve worked hard for everything that you own, so why is it stuffed in boxes or bags in cupboards, wardrobes or hidden under the bed?
Whatever it is, you bought it for a reason. As you’re decluttering, try to remember why that was, and connect with whether it’s something you still want or need.
Going through this process will rekindle the respect for what you own by giving it a sense of purpose and belonging.
If you want to learn more about this way of organising your home, then check out this series on Netflix or read ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’.
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