I really wish I had read Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up months ago. I have been decluttering gradually, tackling one area at a time or as I noticed something to be decluttered. A bag to be dropped to the charity shop was constantly at the bottom of my wardrobe and regularly filled up and donated for a year now. It’s not that I ever got stressed about it, but I felt like it was an ongoing process and I would never finish.
Then I discovered the Marie Kondo method. She says that you should only declutter and tidy up once and do it all in one go making it a special event. That way everything left in your house sparks joy and more importantly has a very specific place. Then you can focus on living the lifestyle you desire without the ‘noise’ of clutter. The lifestyle I desire is obviously one as close to zero waste as I can get in Ireland. I also want to be able to focus on my studies without feeling like I’m neglecting something, and I’d like myself and my partner to come home to a house that is an oasis of calm that relaxes us despite our hectic work schedules.
Reading Marie Kondo’s book made me realise that I had made decluttering my lifestyle rather than merely seeing it as a means to achieve my goal.
With this in mind I have made one last attack, there is no cupboard left untouched, no item unexamined. Everything has a place. My drawers and cupboards are neat and ordered. There is no ‘noise’ in my home. I am so happy with the result.
Doing everything all at once was easier, I admit, because I had been practising the art of letting go of objects for the past year so I’m super good at making decisions about what does and doesn’t spark joy now. I’m not sure I would have been ready to really clear out the amount of things I have done a year ago if I hadn’t practised and honed this skill. I definitely recommend Marie Kondo’s book (I bought an ebook version so it wasn’t something I’d have to declutter afterwards) and using her really helpful guidelines and rules to show your home love and respect. When you feel ready declutter and tidy all in one fell swoop!
I now have nothing left to declutter. It is a strange feeling. I keep looking around to see if I missed anything but I haven’t. I spent the past year decluttering and there is literally nothing left to do. Now I can plough my decluttering energy into my studies and relax when I’m at home and continue to move towards zero waste of course!