It’s “turning over a new leaf” time and a great time to get rid of much unwanted clutter in your life to start the New Year afresh – and with plenty of sparkle!
One of the most popular books that is doing the international circuit at the moments is the Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner, Marie Kondo.
Marie stresses that the key to successful tidying is tackling your home in the correct order, keeping only what you really love and doing it all at once.
“What standard do you use to decide what to throw away?” she asks. There are several common patterns when it comes to discarding. One is to discard things when they cease being functional, for example, when something breaks down beyond repair or when part of a set is broken. Another is to discard things that are out of date, such as clothes that are no longer in fashion or things related to an event that has passed.
Kondo suggests that the best way to handle de cluttering is to look carefully atwhat you WANT to keep. “The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy? If it does, keep it. If not, throw it away. This is not only the simplest, but also the most accurate yard stick by which to judge.”