First National Blog

Jul '19

Declutter your home, and set your mind free!
Scott Bentley Posted by
Scott Bentley

In an increasingly busy world, our home is supposed to be a hideaway—a place of peace and relaxation, but with more ‘stuff’ on the market than ever before, at prices which are often ridiculously low, it’s easy to acquire things of questionable usefulness!

Home is our shelter - our hideaway from a busy world, a place to relax, especially in a place like Marlborough which is tailor-made for relaxation! However, we also have more access to a huge range of ‘stuff’ at ridiculously low prices, appealing to the instant shopper within us and often of questionable value and usefulness, making it too easy to fill our homes with things we don’t need.
The DIY gurus on TV staging homes for their clients’ ‘fixer-uppers’ would have us believe we need the old books to add texture, the fake plants, bowls and vases to make everything into a home. The reality is, these are mostly dust collectors creating clutter and often stress.
Japanese minimalist-living guru, Marie Kondo, launched a whole new trend for home-owners struggling with a surplus of possessions with her innovative ‘KonMari’ downsizing method.
Kondo takes a simple approach, starting with embracing minimalism as a refreshing aspect of what are often very complicated daily lives and making changes to enhance our senses of control and comfort.
The KonMari method involves starts with getting you to commit emotionally to tidying up. Then, she helps you imagine your ideal environment. One that feels peaceful, with everything in its place, and only the possessions that you genuinely need.
First, discard things, putting things you don’t have use for in one place, then decide what stays and what goes. This means gathering all your clothes, for example - or shoes, or books, then actually holding or touching every item, one by one, physically connecting with them, and asking yourself if this item brings you joy. If the answer is ‘yes’, you can keep it.
The KonMari method isn’t just about discarding things, because that’s really only part of the job. It promotes organising your environment for the future, making finding things easy. She even has a special method for folding your remaining clothes after the big purge so that diving into bulging closets trying to find the 20 percent of your clothes, that you wear 80 percent of the time (in theory, at least) becomes a thing of the past.
Sometimes a desire to purge is related to your stage of life. It makes sense that those of us who are of more ‘mature’ years will want to downsize, partly to help family avoid huge amounts of sorting and decision-making once we’ve gone.
And when you’re young and setting up a home for the first time it’s perfectly natural that you will want to equip yourself with a full array of household goods.
While discovering Marie Kondo has changed many people’s lives with its ‘reduce, reduce, reduce’ philosophy, such stringent organisation isn’t for everyone.
Of course, what works for one person won’t necessarily help another. It’s perfectly reasonable to take Kondo’s ideas to whatever extent actually helps you make your home into a place to unwind and take it easy.
Even sending 30 or 40 books to the local op shop can be remarkably cathartic!
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