Five Tips for De-Cluttering Your Home

Get organized in 2019!

January 10, 2019

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If your resolution in 2019 is to be more organized, well this is for you! There's a lady named Marie Kondoand she is a professional organizer from Japan.  She has a Netflix show called "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" and she has some really great advice! Here are five tips from news.com.au for knocking out the clutter and organizing your home:

 

1.  What Are You Dealing With? Basically, take inventory.  One of the first things she has people do is dump all their clothing in one spot.  This reason she does this is because once they see how much they have, it's easier to get rid of stuff.  You can do this with books and old electronics too.

2.  Do Things In Order: Don't just start de-cluttering without a plan. She says you need to de-clutter in a specific order.  Clothes are a good thing to start with since they're fairly easy to let go.  Then move on to things like old paperwork and then sentimental stuff comes last, that takes a little longer to sort through.

3.  Look at each thing and ask yourself if it brings joy to you.  Seriously, hold it in your hand and then decide. If it doesn't, get rid of it.  If you're honest about it, you'll end up surrounded by only the stuff that makes you happy. That actually sounds pretty great, doesn't it?

4.  Make sure everything has a home: Meaning don't leave your shoes by the front door or by the couch or in front of the bed. Any of those spots are fine, just choose one of them and stick to it.  It  will help avoid clutter and you'll always know where everything is.

5.  Respect your stuff.  In each episode, she has people kneel on the floor and silently pay respect to their home.  Not to mention, every time they get rid of something, they thank it for its service, because it makes it easier to let go. Sounds a little silly, but apparently it works!