Having surplus “stuff” around us just ramps up stress and overwhelm. Both in practical terms and our emotional well-being.
For many, the idea of clearing clutter is overwhelming in itself, but it doesn’t have to be. The act of doing it is cleansing and creates space in your physical surroundings and your mind.
By clearing the space around you, you are making a statement that you’re ready for that space to be filled by something you really want in your life. Whether it is a new job, a different pace of life, more wealth, weight loss, or just a happier, calmer life.
Now I’ve always been a little precious about keeping things tidy. I remember when I was young my sisters wanting to play games that involved getting loads of stuff out in my bedroom – and I would literally refuse because I didn’t want a mess!
I do find it something of a challenge to keep things tidy with a family of 7 and a husband who really likes to shop on-line and bulk buy!!
But I do really love my beautifully organised drawers and cupboards – clothes folded according to Marie Kondo’s method. When it comes to my own clothes and belongings I can create colour coded order to my hearts’ content! And here’s the thing – it just makes life easier, calmer, and I release space to focus on things I really want to spend my time on – rather than searching amongst the clutter for things I’ve lost.
Here are some other tips I have taken from Marie Kondo, and will share with you. Perhaps you will be inspired to have your own clear out and find some calm!
- Only keep what makes you truly happy or makes you feel great and “sparks joy”.
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- Clear things out by category – if you’re doing your clothes, do ALL your clothes, including coats and anything stored in cupboards in other rooms.
- Always fold things as per Marie’s method (check out her YouTube folding videos!) and never stack – clothes at the bottom of the stack will never be taken out – and if they are, it’s a stressful task.
- Use inserts in drawers to organise things better and keep them neat. You can buy cheap ones in IKEA, or just keep shoe boxes, jewellery boxes or other gift boxes etc that fit easily into drawers.
- Don’t rotate your clothes for the changing seasons – you will forget what you have, be late changing them back over, and often re-buy items you already have! This also encourages you to have too many clothes – fewer clothes that you truly love and feel amazing in is the way to go.
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- Gifts – what happens when you receive a gift but it doesn’t really “spark joy”?? Does it end up stuck in a cupboard or bag somewhere gathering dust and taking up space? It is perfectly fine to feel huge gratitude for the gift, and to know that it may well bring someone else joy – so pass it on.
- Sentimental items are the hardest. Hands up who has endless boxes and bags and drawers full of sentimental items from their life, including handmade gifts from your children? This really is tough. Marie recommends keeping a small amount of the most precious items. Anything that you just feel bad about letting go, then take pictures and keep them digitally so you still have the reminder, but can re-claim some space.
Don’t take my word for it, give it a go. When you de-clutter you literally feel a shift in the energy – the energy inside you and around your home. Life changing.