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.
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The most basic step in decluttering is to avoid bringing unnecessary items into your home. Yes, we’re looking at you, hoarders. When shopping, don’t buy just anything that strikes your fancy just because you like the idea of owning it. Only take home good-quality items that you need and will make use of.
Instead of trying to declutter everything at one go, which can be quite overwhelming, try to tackle one room at a time. Give yourself a time frame, for example, 30-minute bursts. Set aside a few hours on a Saturday afternoon to tackle your home office, and then work for 30 minutes, take a half-hour break, and then work for another 30.
A simple step in decluttering is keeping all your belongings stored away. Get clever with design by maximising the use of otherwise awkward spaces, investing in furniture with storage potential, and creating an all-in-one wall that comprises a mix of open shelves and cupboards.
“The place we live should be for the person we are becoming now – not for the person we have been in the past,” said Kondo in her book. And while we’re all guilty of having sentimental value attached to some of our possessions, that’s not going to help with decluttering.
Evaluate each item and ask yourself what exactly about it you’re sentimental about. If you’re holding on to the object because of its association with a person, place, or time, you can retain that memory without having a physical object to remind you.
We all have that one dress we’ve been saving for a special occasion but never end up wearing. If your wardrobe is bursting with clothes, yet you never seem to have anything to wear on a daily basis, it’s a sign that you need to start throwing or giving a few pieces of clothing away.
Sort through your wardrobe and pull out the pieces you haven’t worn in months. If they’re seasonal clothes, store them in a box. And then get rid of the rest. Trust us, with less clutter in your wardrobe, this will help you choose your outfits for work easier — saving time every morning.