Long before her Netflix show premiered this month, Marie Kondo was hailed for her methods from her #1 New York Times best-selling book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." She's a cultural phenomenon with her strategies of only keeping items that "spark joy," and thanking items for the service/joy it has brought you in the past before disposing of them.
Although you may not be in a position to directly clear all unnecessary items out of your home/life, it's a perfect time of year to look at what sparks joy in your life and clearing the way for more joy. Research states that clutter can lead to unhealthy lifestyles choices, such as overeating, and can bring about unnecessary anxiety and stress in our lives. Take a few tips from Marie Kondo below if you're ready to embark on the journey to more efficient thinking in your life!
1. Have a plan for what to do with items that you don't need/want in your life anymore. Schedule a home pickup with organizations in your local community, pass down to family/friends/loved ones things that are gently used and loved and see if any items can be sold through social media or apps.
2. Schedule it little by little each day. Rome wasn't built in a day. Therefore, don't expect the art of decluttering to take a short period of time. It probably took a long amount of time to acquire all the things you're decluttering, so give yourself time - and grace - if it doesn't take a small amount of time. Also, stick to a schedule of what rooms/areas to tackle and go, little by little.
3. Group items with other items just like it. Group together items that "go together" just to see how much of something you have. That way, you can keep inventory of how many of that item you have and will hopefully prevent you from having impulse buys from that type of item again.