Beat The Clutter – Marie Kondo style

We’ve been pondering over a decluttering craze by a Japanese tidying expert, Marie Kondo. Her take on the topic, briefly, is that everything that has to do with our interests and feelings should be kept in company; these objects may be furniture, utensils, books, gadgets or anything that helps. The rest is clutter and should be taken out immediately.

I want to believe in this for two reasons, the first is obvious, Marie Kondo is not a local Japanese closet organizer, but she’s a renowned guru. The second has to do with happiness and peace – a simple tidying code to help us declutter not only our small spaces but also our lives as a whole. Kondo further adds that maintaining this behavior not only nurtures harmony in you but also the inanimate things in your life; yes, and it means your bed, your spoons and your socks will also live happier.

No matter how civilized we are, if it is a family, it makes a house a “home” with the “homely mess.” Get it? Each of us is still living a disorganized and we all deserve a fair share of the struggle against that never-ending clutter tidying process. Reality check:

  • Suitcases under every bed
  • Photo frames beneath couches
  • Wires in that ‘extra’ drawer
  • Old phones and gadgets plus never-ending cables and wires

We all don’t want to live in a clutter, so why don’t we sort things out? That is solely because we have to seek the motivation to do it. To live as Kondo suggests requires a conviction in a continuing abundance and prosperity that most of us was raised not to have.

Food for thought: “A house is not built in a day; it takes hundreds and thousands of bricks to be put together in months and years.” Do not think about straightening the whole chaos in a day, even if it takes a year, it is still better than stranding, isn’t it? While this is an important tip, it is also important to understand how storage works. If something doesn’t serve its purpose anymore, throw it out. That is what Kondo’s theory teaches us. We don’t have to store things that do not contribute to our happiness anymore. Keep only the things that spark joy in your home. (But if you still have something in between, let Livible help!)

In a nutshell, the two things you have to realize are:

  1. You have to wage a war against the clutter, be slow, but announce the war.
  2. You have to find the courage to throw away that sweater your grandma gifted you on your twelfth birthday; I mean it does not even fit you anymore.

If we have the motivation to start and the courage to let go of things that are not needed, it will automatically clean the muddle. What Kondo made us realize is the possibility of throwing things away, and the knowledge that some people discard belongings more easily than we do. This is liberating. We could clean our closets if we wanted to — and maybe we will — but keeping stuff has fulfillment of its own.

Beat the clutter – Marie Kondo style. Start today.