Life Changing – The joy of clearing out all of the clutter

Clutter! Where do I begin?

Faced with making a start on clearing out my recently passed fathers possessions, back to back with magicking away all of my own and my husbands to fit into smaller accommodation, really where do I actually begin? If only someone would just lift it all up and take it to the tip! Not the eco-friendly option at all!

So naturally I looked to my go to, Google of course, for some hints and tips oh how on earth do I tackle this daunting challenge.

I found a piece about Marie Kondo’s method of how to clear out sentimental clutter in the Guardian Online, published right when I needed it! Thanks Joanna Moorhead. [Link]

organised clutter

It dawned on me whist reading that I had experienced Marie’s methods before, it was during my own boredom of being stuck at home and unwell whilst undergoing chemotherapy. A good friend of mine had shown me a secret art of how to fold and organise my clothes which came from Kondo’s previous book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I did this, right down to the undies draw, yes I folded all of my smalls, at least until I was well again! Pictured is the result of proudly organised trainers and shoes in clear boxes – so Kondo!

Once more I found myself studying Kondo’s techniques.

So what does Marie Kondo’s life changing magic actually involve? Well essentially you will learn to discover which of your possessions spark joy inside of you. Putting your focus on what you want to keep rather than what you want to throw away. The theory is when you surround yourself with the things that you love you will find that your whole life begins to change, who would not want to give it a go?!

When putting this technique to your purging you have to ask yourself the following questions;

Do you honestly need this item? Do you love it? Does it have some sort of significance in your life? Does it serve a purpose?

Needless to say some things have been harder to tackle than others. The easiest items were those of my own which were on a mental to do list to add to my Depop store – Promo ZO’s Bou because now I had to! Of course sentimental items were and are still are the hardest to sort through, according to Kondo sentimental clutter is the last sort of clutter that you should clear out. My idea was to create a suitcase of sentiment, knowing that one day when we’re in the zone, we could get through it. (It’s on the mental to do list).

I don’t know what we would have done without the endless car boot sales, charity shop runs, Gumtree, friends and the local recycling centre. And the reminder of Kondo’s magic.

The purge is still in process, but I have certainly changed the way that I now look at things, possessions, stuff, purchases and so on, because someone, somewhere, someday will have to get rid of that thing, that you didn’t.

Marie Kondo’s Books:

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying & The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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