Minimalism a la the Japanese and Scandinavian has been a huge trend the past few years, encompassing various facets of our lives from fashion to interiors — and for good reason, too. Even though there are a few subtle differences between the two, both share the main message of being comfortable living with less.
In fact, Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo set off a decluttering craze across the world when she launched her pocket-sized book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In her book, she introduced the KonMari Method’s category-to-category prescription that leads to lasting results.
In the midst of trying to achieve your resolutions for the new year (and hopefully stick to them), the first step to success is changing your environment. In fact, it has been proven that our environment affects our state of mind. A simplified, uncluttered life with fewer possessions provide numerous benefits such as reduced stress, a clearer state of mind, more time to do what you love, and added motivation — all the makings of a fresh start to the new year.
“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important,” said Kondo in her book, “Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.”
Granted, the idea of starting to declutter your home may make you feel anxious. Where should you begin? What should you keep? Would it be a mistake to give away that pair of Louboutins you’ve only worn on two occasions, but can’t bear to part with? But trust us, the decluttering journey doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds — especially with a few easy tips for decluttering your home for 2018.
So without further ado, check out our tips below.