I don’t know about you but having my space be clear and clutter free makes such a huge difference to my peace of mind. The phrase ‘tidy home, tidy mind’ makes a LOT of sense to me.
Can you relate to that?
Having lots of clutter around is like ‘visual noise’, each object having the potential to trigger off a thought, worry or (bad) memory.
When things are clear and tidy, there are less distractions and it can help us to feel more in control, calm and at ease.
I think January is the perfect time to ‘get things sorted’ and whilst riding the wave of New Years motivation I’ve been having a mega clear out.
This all started because of a book called ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up‘ by Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo. It’s been a bit of an internet sensation and it kept popping up on my newsfeed as a must-read book.
When I gifted it to my Mum this Christmas, she said it was the best present she’d had in years and proceeded to go on a 3 day decluttering binge!
The truth is that most of us have too much stuff just lying around or (almost as bad) shoved into cupboards that are so jumbled it’s nigh-on-impossible to find the thing you want when you want it (I came into the second category).
I had make up products I’d bought 15(!) years ago in a draw, clothes with holes in them in a bin bag in my wardrobe, and scraps of paper shoved in my filing cabinet. It simply made no sense.
Marie Kondo’s book states that you should go through your belongings by category, rather than by area. This is because items, such as clothes, are likely to be strewn around the house and it allows you to be completely thorough.
Start with clothes, books and papers, and move on to sentimental items such as photos, letters and keepsakes last, since these things will be harder to throw out.
As you pick up each item, ask yourself ‘Does this spark joy?‘.
If the item doesn’t make you happy (or it’s not a totally essential item) thank the item for it’s service give it to charity, recycle it or throw it out.
Marie reckons you can get rid of up to ¾ of your stuff like this and what you’re left with are the things that you really love PLUS a clear, tidy space and hopefully a clearer and tidier mind!
Another thing that Marie Kondo mentions which really struck a chord with me was about ‘lounge wear’.
We all have those food stained tracksuit bottoms or that old hoody that we use JUST for wearing around the house, when no-one will see us, right? (Hopefully it’s not just me!?)
The problem with this is that wearing crappy lounge wear doesn’t help us to feel our best. I know for a fact that when I’m working from home, and I make the effort to get properly dressed and ready in the morning, that I feel more confident.
Kondo suggests that we ditch the stinky work out wear and instead wear something that helps us to feel good; it could have a positive impact on your self esteem.
(BTW, if your old tracksuit does make you feel good, then by all means knock yourself out! …I think my boyfriend comes into this category, unfortunately for me!)
Having decluttered and given away BAGS full clothes, electrical equipment and even food my space is clear and I’m ready to take on 2016 with less stress and more mental clarity and energy.
Are you planning on decluttering? What do you think of this article?
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