Tidiness: Marie Kondo’s Secret
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo has taught the world a thing or two about tidiness and has implemented a minimalistic ‘how-to’ approach to organising, not just your home, but your life.
Marie’s housekeeping manual ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ has inspired readers to not hold on to the past, and learn to cleanse and embrace the present. It takes guts, resilience and determination to go through with this approach. But, the results are beyond your imagination, the relief and level of accomplishment you feel is life-changing.
Marie’s first sentence in the book: “I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever”
So, where do you start? Typically, spaces where you spend most of your time. For some, that’s the office, living room or bedroom. Marie’s strategy works for all.
To chuck? Or not to chuck?
The biggest misconception many people have when trying to declutter and organise their space is focusing heavily on objects that need to be thrown away. Marie’s “reverse-engineered” strategy advises you to focus on what to keep rather than what to chuck. As a consequence, you are left with a small amount of items which helps dispose of them in a less emotional state.
Does it spark joy?
Holding objects in front of you, closing your eyes and truly asking yourself this question: Does this item spark joy in my heart? This gives you a unique perspective on how emotionally invested you are in your possessions. This is a great strategy when organising the “hardto-get-rid-of” objects that meant something to you 5, 10 or 15 years ago.
“Hold each item in your hands, as close to your heart as possible and then, pay close attention to how your body responds. When something sparks joy, you should feel a little thrill running through your body, as if your body is somehow slowly rising up to meet the item.”
“I’ll just keep this here”
Try not to trap yourself by using storage space, your parent’s house or basement as ways to ‘store’ away your possessions. Marie’s approach requires your full investment of both your emotions and your time. To get you into this state, Marie advises that you start with less sentimental items and work your way to the harder stuff. Tidiness is like a muscle, the more you train, the better you get.
For the parents who have stored all of their children’s presents from childcare to secondary school you may be in a hard place. Marie’s suggestion of displaying these possessions helps you overcome the fear of having to throw them away as they may have been stored away previously. Getting to family photos is an exercise that should involve the entire family. Layout out all of the photos on the floor and allow each family member to pick the photos that mean most to them. This a great way to expose the photos that can be thrown out.
What do you do with what’s left? Marie has clear methods of how to manage what you have left after decluttering. A big secret in all of her methods is visibility, and how important it is to be able to see what you own.
There are multiple ways you can go about it.
For the kitchen, office etc. storing objects in size order is most preferable. Reason being is that placing smaller objects in front of the larger objects gives you full visibility of all that you have available in that space. Colour co-ordination in your wardrobe helps provide a pleasant view of the variety in which you have. Marie is also a big fan of stacking clothing items upright in drawers, rather than on top of each other on shelves. This gives you a bird’s eye view of what you have available when looking for that t-shirt, pair of socks or even your favourite pair of jeans.
These points are only the tip of the iceberg when reading through Marie’s book. Her emotional journey of connecting with our possessions will start to make you think of your purchasing behaviour. Which always ends well for your pocket.
Like what you read? Find out more on how Marie’s ideas can help create successful open home inspections and “first impressions” of your home. Get in touch with us today and we will happily provide you further help with tips and tricks to get your house looking tidy.
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