There’s no better time than spring to have a good and thorough clear out. But sometimes it can be difficult to know what to keep and what to throw away. Hoarder, anyone? Luckilly then, that organising guru, Marie Kondo, is on hand to share her top tips on the art of decluttering. Release your inner neat freak and follow her pointers below for a clutter-free home…
1. TACKLE CATEGORIES, NOT ROOMS
For example, sort out your clothes or books together, as this will give you a better perspective on what you love and need.
2. DOES IT “SPARK JOY?”
Consider each item and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” If not, then throw it away. Forget the “maybe” pile.
3. FOLD, DON’T HANG
Organise your drawers with Kondo’s vertical folding technique. Use shoe boxes or drawer dividers to keep clothes standing straight in neat rows.
4. LOVE YOUR WARDROBE
Digging through an overpacked closet is painful. Once decluttered, getting dressed in the morning will be a breeze.
5. DITCH YOUR PAPERWORK
All your paperwork should fit in one place, in two groups – papers to be saved, and papers to be dealt with. Avoid piles of papers – store them in an upright holder to avoid the collection getting out of hand.
Feeling ready and raring to go?
These tips are taken from Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.