Sunday, 13 January 2019

Is The 'Art Of Tidying Up' Really That Life-Changing? (+ A Marie Kondo Book Giveaway)


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If you saw my 2019 Goals blog post, you will have seen that one of my goals for the new year is to Konmari the hell out of my bedroom. If you've not already been completely sucked in to the new Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (what have you been doing with yourself since it started streaming on January 1st?!) or read any of her much-loved and best-selling books, Konmari is the method of decluttering and organising created by Kondo.

If you haven't already heard of it and experienced how seriously life-changing it can be, I thought that I would share what I've learned so far from putting the Konmari method into practice and hopefully give you some inspiration to tackle the areas, rooms or categories in your life/home that most need dealing with.

So here are my top takeaways from the new TV series and Kondo's two books that I've dipped in and out of;

Tackle categories, not rooms or spaces

Marie splits tidying up into 5 separate categories with these being clothing, books, paper, miscellaneous (aka. komono, which includes the kitchen, garage, bathroom, etc.) and sentimental. By tackling one at a time you don't get as distracted as you would, or I often am, when I start opening drawers. If I find a big pile of sentimental items like photographs, birthday cards (why do I still have cards from my 18th when I'm about to turn 27 this year?!) or old schoolwork, I inevitably sit down and look through it all instead of clearing out the drawers like I initially meant to. I then say I'll go back to it another day and never do.

So instead of just working on your wardrobe one day, you take every piece of clothing you own from every room in your house and go through it all together. This means that you don't do what I often end up doing and find that you've opened up a nice amount of space in your wardrobe only to realise that your coat and a few jackets are hanging somewhere else or that you have a pile of ironed clothes sitting somehere else that then need to be tidied away.

Dedicate more than a few hours or an afternoon to the process

Most of us will probably dedicate an afternoon or a few hours, when we have it spare, to decluttering and tidying up and whilst every spare moment helps, don't expect to be able to do a full declutter of your room or home in a day. The Konmari technique can even take a full month (or longer) to complete, which does mean that some areas of your house can look even more cluttered as you work through everything. But once it's done, you really should have transformed your room/home and most importantly, the way that you look at and interact with your belongings.

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Make things properly visible with the Konmari fold

As soon as I saw Marie perform her trademark fold I knew that I had just witnessed something that could be a real gamechanger for me and the way that I currently store my clothes. I've always been a big advocate of rolling my clothes and will still continue to do so when I'm packing, for example.

And whilst rolling saves you a lot of space, it meant that I ended up with at least three layers of rolled up tops and t-shirts, which is why I rarely wore or could even see anything on the bottom row and ended up wearing the same t-shirts or tops all the time.

I mean, how good does my top drawer look now?!

Here's the page that helped me to achieve it from 'Spark Joy';

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Treat your belongings with respect

Now when you first see Marie thanking clothes or silently paying respect to the houses on the TV show, it looks so foreign to us or at least me, anyway. But a lot of it makes sense. We often take what we have for granted and always want more and more, so realising what we do have and what we really love (and what sparks joy), is really a much healthier way to look at what you already own. I've also got a feeling that I'm not the only one with clothes thrown over the back of a chair in their bedroom, a disorganised makeup collection or cherished items strewn all over the house.

In addition to finding out what 'sparked joy', I wanted to give certain items a new lease of life by letting them go to new homes and people who will hopefully get a lot more joy out of them than I did. My biggest tip would be to donate or sell items that are brand new or in really good condition, pass on unused beauty bits or special pieces to friends and family and take slightly tattier items and clothes to a recycling drop-off (H&M take any fabrics in the bins at their tills and you even get a £5 off voucher to use on your next purchase with them).

You truly receive a wealth of knowledge from the Netlfix show but for even more in depth information and tips, be sure to check out Kondo's bestselling books, which I have a pair of to give away today.

marie kondo book review

For a chance to win both 'The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying' and 'Spark Joy', all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below;

a Rafflecopter giveaway There will be one winner picked by random - Prize issued by Ebury Publishing - Open internationally

Is tidying or just organising your life/space one of your 2019 goals or New Year's Resolutions? Have you been watching the Netflix show? And what area of your home or life needs the most attention?

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