“I’ve bought a book about tidying“, I informed my sister via text. “Is that the Japanese one, that tells you to throw out everything you own?”, “Yes, that’s the one”. “I’ve heard it changes people’s lives”, she replied. “Well, I think it’s going to help me declutter everything, including my makeup drawn.” No reply. Silence. A pregnant pause in communications.
My sister has seen my makeup draw and knows what an effort that would be. She also knows that we come from a long line of ‘collectors’ and that it would be a hard task to ask a pretty Japanese lady with a patented folding technique, to battle and trump 2,000 years of hoarding DNA.
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying:
“This #1″New York Times” best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing”. I’m going to need a pretty big revolution, I feel.
- Only keep things that ‘Spark Joy’
The basic theory behind KonMari is that you should surround yourself with a few things that you love, instead of many things that you like. You touch and feel all the crap you have in your home and then decide if it, ‘Sparks Joy’. Then toss or keep, but mainly toss.
- Declutter by category, not by room
There is a special order you declutter in, per category. You pull out ALL your stuff from the ‘clothing’ category, so you can see it all at once, then start sparking joy for there. Clothes that are in your bedroom, attic, under your bed in Ikea plastic bins. Oooooh, this may be revolutionary.
Clean up your home once and never need to do it again
What the? Well this sounds much better than the current method we use whereby we live in mess, I collapse in a crying heap and scream to TSH that ‘we cannot live like this anymore’, clean up, then find ourselves living like this once again.
Phase 1 has commenced. God Speed.