How Tidying Can Change Your Life: An Expert’s Advice On Tackling Clutter In Your Home

As you may already know, wellbeing is something very close the Homebirds’ hearts. In fact, our hashtag competition #nesttoimpress was dedicated to the theme of wellbeing this month and we are always keen to discover new ways of promoting that elusive ‘feel good factor’ within our interiors.

Well it seems we’re not the only ones. Certified KonMari Consultant and founder of Spark Joy London Katrina Hasaan, is passionate about it too and wants to share with you a Japanese ‘tidying’ approach that she believes could change your life. Read on to find out what she has to say…

You may or may not have heard of Japanese tidying expert, Marie Kondo. She is the best-selling author of ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ which to date, has sold over 8 million copies and is available in over 40 countries. She is currently filming a Netflix show which will hit our screens next year, so expect to be hearing a lot more about her very soon.

This wonderful book is a guide to decluttering your home, which takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method™ for simplifying, organising, and storing.

I came across it when I was pregnant with my first child. I was planning to have a homebirth, so I wanted to declutter and organise my home before the baby arrived. Three years on, I have delivered both of my little ones at home and I can fully testify that there really is magic in ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’.

Now my little boy is two, the positive impact The KonMari Method™ has had on him is clear to see. Although my son can’t actually do a great deal of organising – he is only two after all – he does understand that every item has a place and he is more than capable of returning his toys to their designated spot.

That’s the beauty of this approach to tidying, everyone is an equal player in maintaining the home and it’s crucial you get you’re children trained up early. As an experienced primary school teacher, I understand the importance of children having structure and a set routine. The KonMariMethod™ offers them just that: an organised household to maintain together as a family, with a clear set of principles to follow.

Some Of The Key KonMari™ Principles Are:

  • Focus on keeping what you love and surround yourself and your family with items that spark joy.

  • Organise items by category, rather than location. I.e. instead of organising room-by-room, this method guides you in organising items one category at a time. It starts with clothing, then books, then papers, followed by almost everything else! And finally, sentimental items.

  • Declutter everything just once. Instead of repeatedly decluttering your home in endless ‘spring-cleaning’ sessions, this method encourages you to tidy, once and for all.

  • Use what you have. There’s usually no need to invest in expensive organisational products and solutions. Most of the items you need to organise and store, are already in your home.

  • Every item has a place, which prevents the build-up of clutter over time.

  • The benefits of teaching children how to tidy are plentiful. They learn the clear distinction between cleaning and tidying; cleaning allows you confront nature, to tackle the build-up of dust and dirt, whereas tidying allows you to assess what you own and where these items are going to live.

Children as young as three can be taught how make a choice to keep items which spark joy in their lives and let go of the rest. In a consumer driven society, giving children the power to critically assess what they have and be mindful of whether they need more is a wonderful gift.

Teaching your children KonMari™ principles not only gives them independence, organisational skills, and an established routine, it motivates them to participate in family life.

They say the average person spends 30 minutes a day searching for items they cannot find. But if everything has a place, we can find items easily and spend more time doing the things we love. Of course the house still gets messy at times; we have two children under two so this is inevitable!

But because every item has a place, it doesn’t take a long time to put the house back in order, meaning my husband and I can enjoy evenings in a living room which doesn’t resemble a children’s’ toy museum.

I recently completed my training with Marie Kondo to become a KonMari™ Consultant. After experiencing such a positive transformation in my own life, I’m committed to helping others work towards achieving an organised life, which sparks joy. If you would like to arrange a free 30-minute consultation to start your own spark joy journey, visit my website for more details at www.sparkjoylondon.com. You can also follow me on Instagram at spark_joy_london for more KonMari™ tips and inspiration.

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