How You Can Organize and Tidy Your Life and Home, Marie Kondo Style

By Hand On The Hip - 12/30/2018

If you have started the new year off with a cluttered and busy home, then you will not be alone. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays and new things from gifts, you can find yourself needing to make space for new things, but may not have had time to throw out any old things. But if you have been paying close attention to social media over the past few weeks, you will have heard about Marie Kondo, a Japanese professional organizer; her methods are taking the world by storm and helping all to have a more organized life. So if this sounds like you and you need to declutter and better organize your home, then here are some things to help you add a little Marie Kondo into your life.

Start with Clothes

Clothes is something that we can easily build up piles and piles of because we may be attached to certain pieces or think we will fit back into it eventually. But styles and fashions fade, and children grow out of clothes, so being able to declutter and clear out closets is a great idea to start off with. The good thing with clothes, especially the ones that are in good condition is that you could sell them online or donate to charity. So you can do good or even make money, rather than just throwing them out.

Focus on What Gives Joy

When we have a more organized home it is meant to help us to feel happier as we have less clutter and know exactly where things are when we need them. So with that in mind, it is a good idea to think about what does or doesn’t give you joy in your home and life. If you have things that you have led onto for years but they actually make you a little sad when you think about them, then it could be time to move on. Things from an ex hanging around the house leaving you feeling bad about yourself? Get yourself a skip from somewhere like Budget Bin Hire and chuck that kind of stuff out of your life. Plus, purging these kinds of negative things in your life feeds good. When you fill up bags and bags of negatively and physically throw it all out, it can feel so good.

Choose Categories, Not Rooms

It can be easy to think about doing each room one by one. But according to Kondo, the first rule of what to do when tidying up is to deal with one category at a time. So you could start with clothes, for example, and go through the whole house organizing all of the clothing. Then you could move onto books and so on. If you just move things around from each room as you tidy each room (such as moving books from downstairs into your bedroom), then things can still end up being pretty cluttered and full of what you don’t need. So going around categories of things will make it all much easier. P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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