How to declutter your life.

Now that Spring has officially arrived, declutter your life! 

Decluttering and living a more simplistic lifestyle has become popular thanks to Marie Kondo. The Queen of decluttering and organizing has inspired many thanks to her book Spark Joy and her popular Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Here are some tips and tricks from the KonMari method to help you feel refreshed this season! 

Organize in order 

When it comes to decluttering and organizing, it is important to stick to a plan to help achieve an organized and neat home. According to Marie Kondo, there is an order to follow when it comes to cleaning and organizing your home. 

  1. Clothes

  2. Books

  3. Papers

  4. Household Items 

  5. Sentimental Items 

Folding Clothes the KonMari way

Marie Kondo has created a method for folding clothes that will help reduce the amount of space in your closet. The KonMari method recommends that you fold your items in a rectangular shape so they can stand up when organizing into drawers. This method helps your clothes keep their shape and allows you to see everything in your drawer all at once. 

Spark Joy/ Houzz

Spark Joy/ Houzz

Spark Joy/ Houzz

Spark Joy/ Houzz

Does it Bring Joy?

One of the key elements of the KonMari method is to only keep items that spark joy! 

The best way to go about this is to simply take each item in your hand and ask yourself, “Does this item bring me joy? If the answer is yes, you can keep the item, if not discard the item. 

Get Rid of Papers

One thing a lot of people are guilty of is keeping old mail and bills into a pile or shoved away in a drawer. If you are swimming in a pile of old mail, bills, note books, etc toss anything that is unnecessary or out-of-date. According to Marie Kondo, you should only keep 3 categories of paper items. 

  1. Anything that needs immediate attention- bills to pay, forms to sign, etc.

  2. Short term documents- tax documents, warranties, etc.

  3. Papers needed indefinitely- birth certificates, social security cards, etc. 

Everything has a place 

One basic principle that Marie Kondo swears by is “Everything must have a place”. This is important for the organization and will help to avoid creating clutter in your home space. Everything must have their designated place and must return to that space when it is done being used. .