There’s no better time than the new year 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.SHOP BOXES »
4. LOVE YOUR WARDROBE
Digging through an overpacked closet is painful. Once decluttered, getting dressed in the morning will be a breeze.SHOP WARDROBES »
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.SHOP OFFICE ACCESSORIES »
6. DISCARD OF ITEMS YOU DON’T NEED BEFORE CREATING MORE STORAGE SPACE
Before starting your big clear out, go through all of your stuff thoroughly and ask yourself ‘do I need this?’. If the answer is no, bin it.
7. ENSURE EVERYTHING HAS ITS OWN PLACE
Try to give everything you own a designated space in your home. Okay, your trainers might not go in the same spot everyday, but labelled baskets and boxes will make it a lot easier to locate items.SHOP BASKETS »
8. TIDY IT ALL IN ONE GO
Organise a day (or two) to sort your house out from top to bottom. Tidying a bit at a time never works and your house will end up even messier than it was before.
9. CREATE A 1 YEAR BOX
The best way to throw away any unwanted items is to create a 1 year box. Place any items you are unsure about in there and, once the year is up, throw away any items that are still in the box you haven’t used.SHOP STORAGE »
10. TAKE BEFORE AND AFTER PICS
The best way to feel a sense of accomplishment is by taking before and after shots. This way, it will hopefully encourage you to keep on top of your tidy house in the future.
Feeling ready and raring to go?SHOP ALL STORAGE »
These tips are taken from Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.