Whether you are a meticulous organizer or borderline hoarder, the current “Stay Home” policies grant us all an amazing opportunity to simplify our lives through decluttering and downsizing. Creating physical space in the places in which dwell, opens the door for numerous layers of expansion within ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Emily Ley stated: “A simplified life means that what has to get done will get done. And when we pare down life to its simplest, most beautiful basic parts, we’re left with room to enjoy each other, to rest and to truly savor life with our hearts, minds and spirits.” From the largest mansions to the tiniest minimalists house, it is essential to declutter and release things that are no longer of service.
The tidying expert Marie Kondo recommends keeping what you love and getting rid of what you don’t. By beginning with clothing and moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items and finally sentimental items you can work through keeping only those things that speak to your heart and discarding those that don’t – remembering to thank them for their service before letting them go.
Five Decluttering Tips To Live By From Marie Kondo:
1. Make Sure Everything Has Its Place.
Having a dedicated space for everything creates efficiency and prevents cluttering. When you get home you know where to set your purse, jacket and mail, and maintain a tidy living space.
2. Get Rid Of Papers.
Stacks of paper stack up quickly being forgotten and creating clutter. The majority of documents are available online, so many argue it useless. Save critical paperwork in a lockbox of safe space and downsize the rest.
3. Use Vertical Space.
Arranging things vertically will save space and allow you to find items more easily.
4. Only Keep Items Of Clothing That Bring You Joy.
Marie Kondo recommends holding each item in your hand and asking the question: “Does this bring me joy?” She insists you will know the answer right away.
5. Leave Small Change In Your Wallet.
Instead of placing change in a jar around your house, keep it in your wallet to use it. By allowing yourself to spend it you will keep change clutter down and stay fluid with your money. If saving is your goal, there are numerous other ways to accomplish this.
Utilizing these tips and others will allow you to start the process of downsizing. Finding a decluttering method that aligns directly with you will ensure an approach that is maintainable so you never have to declutter your space again. Embrace the letting go.
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