Ever heard of organising consultant Marie Kondo’s self-acclaimed method of tidying up? Here are five tidying tips to consider to keep your house and belongings clean and organised.
1. Gather all things in one place.
Cleaning is not just about dusting off furniture, sweeping the floor or wiping dirt from surfaces. Bringing your stuff together on your bed, dining table or the floor gives you an overview of what you own and what you need to work on. This means taking all pieces of clothing along with those long-forgotten, piles of belongings out of the storage.
While the task leaves the place temporarily messy and uninviting, it helps to motivate you to do and finish the job.
2. Tackle one category at a time.
Kondo’s advice is to arrange the items by category to make the job easier to accomplish. This includes your:
- Komono (small articles or miscellaneous)
- Sentimental items
This helps to keep your eyes and mind focused on the current task. While the general rule is to tidy up room by room, grouping them keeps you from tackling the same category repeatedly.
3. Identify what to discard.
Not only is clutter bad for your physical and mental health. Paper stacks, old cardboards and overcrowded cupboards also invite pests such as silverfish around your home.
In her book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, Marie Kondo talks about how learning the art of tidying up brings lasting joy. Simply put, those items that bring no satisfaction could simply be tossed away or donated.
How do you declutter?
- Go through all the items that you’ve gathered together.
- Check what to give away or resell from those old clothes, slightly used shoes, and pieces of papers or documents.
- Ask yourself as you hold each item, “Does this spark joy for me?”. If not, then it may be high time to let it go.
- Books that you no longer read for months (or years) might need to be shared with others. Some can be donated and some can be sold.
- Practicality-wise, komono or small items in your kitchen and bathroom have to be tidied too. Prioritise what your needs are from your wants.
- For the items with sentimental value, it could be difficult to throw away. However, Kondo advises to carefully determine how that article can be of use in the future. Once it’s all sorted out, you can keep the ones that certainly spark joy.
- Kiss hoarding goodbye and be more mindful of your purchasing decisions the next time that you plan to buy new items.
The rule of thumb is to keep everything that’s necessary and beneficial.
4. Fold the KonMari way.
The KonMari method teaches basic folding techniques for your clothes, towels and other garments. Folding in halves or thirds and placing it side by side enable each piece to stand on its own. Smooth out in between foldings so as not to wrinkle out the garment. You may also consider hiring professional ironing services to assist you before storing them back in drawers or cabinets.
5. Use storage spaces wisely.
Do you have containers such as baskets or double-duty ottomans that you can use for easy storage?
In storing your items, separate those that you use occasionally from the ones that you need access to on a regular basis. That way, you won’t need to take each item out of the storage just to look for that one object.
Make sure to maximise the use of all storage spaces such as dividers and cupboards. Kondo recommends making the most of your space by 90 per cent. Putting each item in a drawer, basket or box neatly exudes a beautiful sight that you can be proud of. If you need more space but hesitant to buy another storage locker, consider hiring a handyman to mount racks or tension rods on your walls and cabinets.
Who wouldn’t feel satisfied when something is rightly done and on schedule? As what Kondo says, “A joy-filled home is like your own personal art museum.”
Think about hiring professional cleaners that offer home cleaning services to keep the place sparklingly clean after tidying up. You wouldn’t have regrets for sure.
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