10 steps to spring cleaning (Kondo style!)

Are you thinking of spring cleaning this rainy bank holiday weekend? I’ve had a go at simplifying Japanese ‘declutterer’ Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ (After I found it among some clutter the other day!)

1) Get everything out of the cupboards, drawers and decide if it ‘sparks joy.’

2) Do it all at once, not bit by bit. Make tidying a special event.

3) Start one category at a time, E.g. toys, clothes. Rather than by place.

4) Look at an item once and decide whether to keep it or not.

5) Only keep things that ‘speak to the heart’ or ‘spark joy’ to define:
a) Has is ceased to be functional?
b) Have you worn/used it this past year?
c) Handle the item and ask yourself, ‘do you feel joy when surrounded by piles of unread books? ‘Do you think that owning accessories you know you’ll never use will ever bring you happiness?’
d) ‘Keep only the things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.’

6) Don’t downgrade clothes to ‘loungewear’ – you’ll never wear it.

7) Fold stuff! ‘Hanging just can’t compete with folding for saving space. If you have to hang stuff, hang them in the same category, ‘clothes, like people, can relax more freely when in the company of others who are very similar in type.’ (!?)

8) Treat your socks and tights with respect. When they are in your drawers, they are having a holiday from your feet. Fold them too.

9) Books – put them all on the floor and decide if they ‘spark joy’ Some people can’t part with them but Kondo says unread books become ‘invisible’.

10) Papers (not including sentimental items and ‘to do’ papers) such as credit card statements, warrants/manuals and greetings cards..if they don’t ‘spark joy’ then discard.

So, Kondo believes you should, ‘pour time and passion into what brings you the most joy.’, ‘putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart.
I’m off to find some teaching notes on Great Expectations which I think I chucked out…


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