The start to a new year always presents with an opportunity to simplify and de-clutter our live. This year we chose to get some inspiration from the Japanese tidy up queen Marie Kondo and her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing“>the life-changing magic of tidying up.
The KonMari method consists of gathering all of one’s belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy”. It also recommends to choose a dedicated place for everything.
I was hooked on the book straight away and read it within two days. Overall our house is not in the urgent need for a KonMari make over. I have been fascinated and inspired by minimalism guru Leo Babauta for the past 4 years. So, our house generally doesn’t have a lot of clutter or redundant items. I still was able to take a few things away from Mari Kondo.
Here are our top 10 inspirations:
- Storing items vertically instead of horizontally (this made a big difference to the vegetable drawer in our fridge)
- Assigning only one keepsake box per family member
- Established one dedicated and neat drawer for all spare cords in the kitchen
- Digitilized our paper address book
- Rolling our socks and various other clothe items
- Using shoe boxes to vertically stagger socks, children clothes, tops etc
- Decluttered our bookshelf to only keep books that are necessary and “spark joy”
- Minimized all our papers into the three essential folders: highly important documents like birth certificates, docuements to be stored for 5 years, documents to be stored for 1 year
- Established the rule of only one designated area for each family member in the living room
- Most importantly, when in doubt of decluttering a certain item or before buying something new, we’ll ask ourselves “does this spark joy to our life”.
Have a read yourself and get inspired by the simplicity of life.