SPRING CLEANING DONE RIGHT: HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR INNER MARIE KONDO
In Australia it’s the last month of spring. So if you haven’t done your annual spring clean, now is the time! Before you know it, you’ll be in a season full of festivities that will occupy most of your availability and energy hence our ‘nudge nudge’ for you this fine Monday.
If you have the time of the day, we recommend watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix special. Through this show you’ll be able to see how tidying and de-cluttering your space is a form of practical self-care. It can be an emotional and a spiritual journey and at the end of it, you’ll feel so much better. If you don’t have time to watch the show just yet, we have summarised the key important lessons from Marie Kondo’s organisational philosophy for you in today’s blog.
1. Categorise, categorise, sub-categorise!
Remember our blog post “How to be a Monday Maven” where we touch on the topic of how much better life and Mondays would be if you categorised aspects of your life and fit them into time slots of your schedule so as to be more organised? It’s the same concept with the physical stuff and clutter you have in your possession. De-cluttering and discarding your items is much more easily facilitated when you work through the clutter and items in a categorised manner. For example, you can start on clothes, then the bathroom/vanity items and then the kitchenware… and so on and so on…
2. Does it spark joy?
Famously advertised everywhere across social media and as a joke between friends, we posted or asked the words, “Does this spark joy?”
A very big lesson in life from Marie Kondo: don’t keep things or people around you that make you unhappy. Even as grown people, our minds still work like sponges and we take in our surroundings and the influences effectively. By keeping items in your possession that don’t spark joy or bring you happiness, you may feel weighted down by these items.
Asking the question as to whether something sparks joy when you hold it in your hand is also a sure-fire way of helping you to make the decision to discard an item or not.
3. Organising the joy
When you’ve reached the point in your “category” where you’re happy with what you’ve decided to keep, the next step is to organise. The easiest way to achieve this is to put items of the same type in the same place. For example, if you went through your clothes and are still left with tons of jumpers, make sure to put away the jumpers together. For small items that can be kept in drawers we have found some great solutions for you.
4. All in or out
It is more difficult for us to do things like tidying up when we do it little by little because mess or more clutter will continuously pile up in between sorting and tidying in small, insignificant increments. As Marie Kondo recommends, it’s better to clean up in one big go. Schedule a weekend in the future and tackle the challenge head on! Chipping away at your mountain of clutter as you tidy will be one of the most encouraging things to see to keep yourself going.
A lot can be learned from Marie Kondo and in particular her Japanese culture. Ever wonder why a Japanese zen garden is so zen? It’s because the minimalism and the emptiness is liberating on the mind. When the space around us is neat, organised, simple and pure, it reflects in our thoughts.
We wish you the best on your practical self-care journey of tidying up with Marie Kondo because you are so deserving of returning to a home or space that allows you to mentally breathe and recuperate. That’s meant to be the beauty of home.
Until next Monday,
xoxo Miss Monday