The life changing magic of tidying.
The bible of tidiness, Marie Kondo, the undisputed queen of decluttering shares her konmari method.
The book can be summarised in a few simple lines:
# Get rid of everything you own, in one go – except things that ‘bring you joy’
# Organising systems and gadgets don’t work, so, don’t waste your money buying ‘systems’ for storage purposes. In fact don’t put things in storage. They get sad!
# Just get rid of “stuff”. Cleaning will be so much easier. Life will be a joy and our true purpose will be revealed.
# Don’t keep things, because they have ‘value’. ie the cost a lot of money. This is particularly tough with clothes that were expensive but do not flatter. We are afraid to ‘waste’ money, but the money has already been spend and now our energy is being wasted.
# Don’t keep something because it may come in handy, ‘one day’.
# To make the process easier she suggests we ‘thank’ the item, before we throw it away. (Marie Kondo is not big on recycling and does not endorse giving things away.)
Only then we can truly start organising and we will discover there is plenty of room for everything.
The Lady Sarah take:
As someone who lives in a small London flat with very little storage space, I find her theory most appealing.
Although it was not possible for me, to meet konmari’s standards of perfection, she is quite right about a lot of things. I do have enough space and don’t need more storage or a bigger flat. I just need to be very selective about the things that surround me. Keeping only things that spark joy and more importantly only ever bring in things that spark joy.
The book also has some nifty clothes folding ideas. Fuel for my organised drawer frenzy. Worth reading just for that!
Those not quite ready for the full konmari method, (and who is?) free simple decluttering warm – up here.
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