Sunday,16 December, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1377, ( 18 - 24 January 2018)
Sunday,16 December, 2018
Issue 1377, ( 18 - 24 January 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Decluttering your home

Though the idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to some, many people can barely keep up with the demands of tidiness and find it hard to keep their houses organised.

However, the decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. Marie Kondo, a Japanese organisational consultant, teaches people how to arrange their homes in fun and creative ways.   

In her bestseller book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.  

Her method, with its revolutionary category-by-category approach and detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy and which don’t, gives permission to people to let go of things to which they’ve clung for too long and helps them clear their clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home. 


Here are some of Kondo’s creative ways to declutter your home:



Tidy by category

Tidy by category not rooms: Instead of tidying one room at a time, tackle clutter by category in the following order: clothing, since it’s the least emotionally loaded, books, papers, and then things with sentimental value. Respect your belongings. Don’t squash clothes on a corner shelf or pile them onto hangers. 


Respect your clothing feeling

Keep only things that spark joy: Only surround yourself with things you love. Don’t keep things just because you may need them one day. If you don’t need something for years, you won’t need it now. Kondo warns that you shouldn’t show your family your discard bags, since they may want to stop you from getting rid of so much.


Fold not hang

Fold, don’t hang: The organising part of the Kondo method means designating a place for each thing and limiting storage to a single location in your home. Once you’ve sorted out the things to discard, you can decide where the remaining things should go. Piling things up will cause you to overlook things at the bottom; you’ll only wear the few things that are on top. To reverse this trend, store folded clothes vertically. 


Using shoeboxes as drawer dividers

Don’t store according to flow: It is better to store things in one location than many. Storing things according to flow does not help with clutter. Things get messy when there’s no designated place for something or it is too much effort to put it away.


It is bettet to store things in one location

Don’t think of tidying as a destination: Creating a tidy house is not your ultimate goal. Tidying is only a tool to establish the lifestyle you want. Once your home is put into order, not having to search for things is a stress-reliever. More importantly, when you have only things that spark joy, you will live in a clutter-free environment surrounded by things that you like and inspire you.

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