10 common decluttering excuses

Many people have different reasons why they don’t declutter.  In my experience, as an Organising Expert, keeping unnecessary items and clutter can in fact do more harm that good in most instances.  Do you find yourself making decluttering excuses?

Here are 10 common decluttering excuses people use to avoid starting or doing it:

  1. I might need it later – many people hold on to items just in case they might need it in the future.  In most instances you probably don’t!  I’m certainly not saying get rid of all these items but want you to give thought to them rather than holding onto many such items that usually are taking up valuable space.  Be prepared to release and let go of things no longer needed or useful. If you are struggling with letting something go then a suggested approach may be to make a future date in your diary and if you haven’t used the item in that time ie 6 or 12 months then it is time to move it on.
  2. It was expensive – you or someone you know might have spent quite a bit of money purchasing an item and dollar symbol - declutter excuse as it was expensiveyou don’t want to see it go to waste.  If the item is something you are not using, or are likely to in the future, then it is still being wasted and there is no point keeping it.  If you are really worried about the expense you can try and sell it and recoup some of the money.
  3. I don’t know where to start – this is very common and often one of the things all of my new clients discuss with me.  I usually recommend to start small rather than trying to do a whole room in one go – pick a shelf, drawer or cupboard and start there.  The last thing you want to do is to create more overwhelm for yourself by pulling everything out as then you really won’t know where to start!
  4. I don’t have time – We are all busy and I get that life can take over from time to time.  However this is usually more than not just an excuse as most people find time for the things that are important to them.  If it is something you want to do then you can clock with a cross - no time to declutter excusealways start small and do 5-15 mins at a time.  If you did this on a regular basis then you will still make progress!
  5. Someone gave it to me – This is another common reason as people are worried that because it was given to them feel like they are not being respectful to whoever gave it to them if they get rid of it.  Often people think they need to keep it just in case that person comes over and looks for it.  In reality this doesn’t happen very often or even if it does maybe hang on to it for a little while but then it is really yours to do what you want with.
  6. I don’t know how long to keep something – I understand this can be difficult for some items like paperwork, filing, receipts – the important thing here is to find out from someone who does know and then set a system in place to regularly review your materials and keep them in order.
  7. There are memories attached to it – the main point to highlight here is the memories will still be with you without keeping a particular item.  If an item is really important to you then it is more than likely something you would like to see regularly rather than having it stored, often incorrectly, in a box somewhere in your home.  The unfortunate thing is that when I work we clients we often discover these items and they are damaged more often than not as they have not been stored correctly,  You might like to read this blog in how to deal with sentimental clutter.
  8. I have plenty of space to keep everything –  so this might be true but just because you have space it doesn’t mean you need to fill it all up.  Ideally you should only be keeping things that really matter to you, what you use and need and not just keeping everything because you have the space.  It won’t matter if you actually have a spare shelf in your cupboard – don’t just fill it up for the sake of it.
  9. My children might want these some day – the reality is probably not!  Please don’t take this personally as they no doubt care for you but they really don’t want your stuff.  It is probably best to ask rather than assume and keep things for them.  If you are having a clean out and come across items, from their childhood or items that belong to them, I usually suggest putting them together and then inviting them over to go through and take what they would like to keep.  It can be hard but you will need to accept their decision if they don’t want many of the items.
  10. Thinking you can do it on your own – for some people this is true but for the majority having someone to assist can help and make you accountable at the same time. That person, whether it be a friend or a professional like me, is not emotionally attached to your things and therefore can help to be objective and allow you to make decisions. If you think you can do it on your own often for some reason you actually just never get around to it!

Now you have all the reasons in the world NOT to declutter.  And they are all great reasons (or so you think). Do you know that keeping unnecessary items around can cause more harm than good?  Let’s see if you have said any of these things to justify keeping clutter.  Just to let you know, if you have, you’re not alone.

Next step

If you find yourself using and of these excuses to declutter then why not just get in touch to have a brief chat and see how I might be able to assist you.  I promise I WON’T make you do anything you don’t want to do as if we work together you will make your own decisions.  In working with my client I just ask the questions and you actually come up with the answers all by yourself.  So what have you actually got to lose?

Do you need Amanda Monday’s to get organised?

You might well be a bit puzzled by this heading – “Do you need Amanda Monday’s to get organised?”  Well the story behind this relates to an email I recently received from a client:

“Just thought I’d let you know I’ve made a recurring appointment in my diary from 1-4 on MondayImage of Amanda to go with Amanda Monday's to get organised called “Amanda Mondays”. You showed me how much could be achieved in 3 hours and how good it then felt for the rest of the week. It won’t always work out but the plan is for that time to be spent on getting things – house, paperwork, business plans etc – in a deeper sense of order not just doing the day to day responding to stuff.

I like the way you approach both the organising and me – it feels very much like you are helping me to get what I want done but find very hard to do myself. You don’t impose order, you work with me to discover it. That’s very cool.”

I was chuffed to be reminded of the impact I have on people’s lives.   I am privileged and honoured that my clients welcome me to work with them and take steps to make a difference to their lives.  Not only do we deal with the physical clutter but in turn often the mental side of clutter at the same time.  This  is really important and often an aspect that people don’t give too much thought to.

So what does Amanda Monday’s to get organised really mean?

You are still probably wondering why I am telling you all of this?  Just like my client the importance of having “Amanda Monday’s to get organised” is something we all actually need.

The first step in the process is naturally to get organised and feel back in control of your stuff whether it be a room, house, office, paperwork, filing and the list goes on.

The next step in the process is to then to stay and maintain being organised.   I often say this can be the hardest step in the process but needs to become a regular habit in people’s lives and not just something they do occasionally.

That is why the point of having “Amanda Monday’s” for this particular client resonated with me.  It is showing a demonstrated need to find the time to keep on top of the maintenance required to stay organised.  By no means does it need to be a full block of time, as this client has highlighted, but it does need to be regular blocks of time and needs to suit a person’s own needs and lifestyle.  It has to be able to work for them or it won’t happen!

Maintenance is the key image - organising and decluttering - and helps with Amanda Monday's to get organisedYou might like to find out more on the maintenance aspect of getting organised so here is a link to a recent blog “Maintenance is the key to being organised”

When I work with my clients I focus on not only the organisation side but providing them with tips and strategies as we are working so they can keep it organised an maintain it themselves going forward.  There is no one size fits all solution and each solution is tailored to my client’s individual needs and what is likely to work for them.

I realise that life can get in the way sometimes but the main thing is to be aware of this and then still find time around this so as not to let disorganisation become overwhelming again.

So what now?

I regularly check in with my clients to see how they are travelling and in particular to see if the strategies we have put in place need tweaking or altering.  I plan to keep in touch with this client who is having “Amanda Monday’s to get organised” to see how this might or might not be working for her going forward.  The good news is she recognises she needs to be disciplined to do this and if it works for her then great!

If you are struggling, feeling overwhelmed in your home or business, then please get in touch and discuss the difference getting organised and then maintaining that can make to your life too.

 

Organising your inbox – Is your in box out of control?

Everyday we are surrounded by clutter in some form at home or at work.  One of the big ones for many people is their email inbox.  Are you good at organising your inbox?   For many people this can be hard to achieve particular when they have multiple inboxes to manage so the issue of clutter can be magnified somewhat.  Does this sound like at all like you?image of on email inbox page

Several of my own friends have thousands of emails in the inbox and when they are looking for something it can waste so much time and be very unproductive.  Using your inbox as a pseudo filing system does not really work.  There are certainly better ways to use one’s time than scrolling through pages and pages of emails to find something you need!

Steps to organising your inbox

Here are 6 steps your can take to tame your out of control inbox and save yourself time in the long run:

  1. The first step will be to clean out your inbox – to do this I suggest you create a few folders in the first instance – usually by year is the best place to start – 2017, 2016, 2015 …..  If your emails are actually more recent then you might like to name folders that are relevant to you and your needs.  Afterall you are the one who needs to be able to find them easily.
  2. Once you have created these folders then move all your emails from these years into their relevant folder.  If this step is creating angst for you don’t worry as you are just moving them and not deleting anything at this stage.
  3. The next step is to take control from here on in of what arrives in your inbox.  All those emails we have put into yearly folders can be dealt with later when you have time.  Even consider this that if you don’t find yourself looking for anything over a period of time you may also want to just delete them.  The important point here is to make sure you have a process moving forward and that you are not adding to the backlog.
  4. For any new emails that arrive in your inbox from here on in you need to make decisions on what to do with them and not just leave them to pile up again.  Questions to ask yourself are:
    • Does this email require me to action it?  If so either you can deal with it there and then or add it to your to do list for later.
    • Is this something I might need to refer to later?  By this it might be useful information that you might need at a later stage ie tickets to an event, travel ideas, financial or tax information etc.  My suggestion for these type of emails is that you create folders within your email that make sense to you and allow you to easily find your these materials at a later time.  Using the examples above the folders you might like to create are ‘My ticket information’; ‘My travel details’ and ‘Financial information’ respectively.
    • Is this something that is trash and can be deleted?  If necessary unsubscribe or just delete the email.  Be decisive in that if it’s not relevant delete it!
    • Do I actually even want this in the first place?  Over time we tend to subscribe to many different newsletters, product updates or email updates and some of these are probably no longer relevant or needed.  If this is the case I suggest that from here on in as you receive one of these emails that you go to the bottom of the email and hit ‘unsubscribe’ (Sometimes this button can be hard to find but keep looking).  Another way of doing this is to create a folder called ‘subscriptions’ or something and move all the emails of this nature into that folder for say a month.  Make a diary not for a month’s time and go back and see how many you have and then to decide which of those are of value and which aren’t and then hit unsubscribe.
  5. If you now have time and want to go back through those emails we moved into yearly folders then go for it.  However the most important thing you can do moving forward is to ensure you keep on top of any new emails that arrive in your inbox and follow the steps outlined above so that it doesn’t get unwieldly again.
  6. If you are someone who has multiple inboxes then you might like to follow the same steps above for each inbox that you have.

There are many other ways to manage your inboxes with setting spam filters, using junk folders and also setting email rules.  If this might be something you’d like to do then I suggest you check them out in the email system that you use.

Good luck and here’s to no longer spending ages trying to find an email again! Remember your inbox is there to serve you and not the other way around.

If you are still unsure of how to take control of your inbox or maybe you have issues with your electronic files as well then please do get in touch as this is something I can assist you with.

Everyone needs a plan to get organised

What is it that you keep putting off?

Is it the pile of paper clutter in your study or the spare room which has become a junk room?

Or is it that pile of photos you still need to sort and go through?

Please don’t put your life on hold and continue to worry about as it can be both physically and mentally taking valuable time – put a plan in place to deal with it!

IMAGE OF A ROAD WITH A START AND AND ARROW - suggesting everyone needs a planWhy everyone needs a plan

Whatever it is that you keep putting off might seem just too hard to deal with but it is worth having a think about what you want to achieve and then putting a plan in place to get it done.  You don’t have to do it all in one go and often taking the small step approach is the best way in achieving a plan to organise something.  You might even like to seek the support of someone to assist you – this could be a friend, family member or even an organiser like myself.  Sometimes just having another pair of hands can make it seem so much easier too.

The hardest thing for most people is often the overwhelm they feel and not knowing where to start. This is where having a plan comes into play – you might like to note it down or you can have it in your head but having one is the first step.  The plan should include the overall goal that you would like to achieve so:

  • if it is clearing the paper clutter all over the house then note that down or
  • if it is sorting out the spare room the goal might be to have the room cleared so it can be used for that hobby you never get to do or for those visitors you’d like to have stay.

Having a plan and vision will help you to keep a focus on what you are trying to achieve.

Allocating time for the plan

The next step is in your plan is allocating some time to begin ie today I will spend 30 minutes to an hour and will keep allocating similar blocks of time on a regular basis.  It might only be 15 minutes a day and that too is okay.  You need to find the amount of time that is sustainable and achievable for you.

I also recommend having steps to a plan so that it can assist with the overwhelm.  Continuing with the same examples:

  • for paper clutter it might be to clean out the filing cabinet first so you have somewhere to put the sorted paper – one drawer or 5 files a time then sorting through one pile at a time after that before filing it away.
  • for the spare room it might be to start with one box or one section and keep working through the room like that.

Taking steps

In my experience having a plan in place will see you are more likely to achieve your goals than not having any plan at all. If it starts to get hard then the plan is also there to remind you of your vision and why you are doing what you are. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and getting yourself organised will take time and effort and won’t always be easy – take small steps to achieving your overall goal. Believe me when I say it will be worth it in the end and you no longer have that worry of the physical or mental clutter pulling at you. You can stand back and be proud you have done something about it and can get on with enjoying life!

So are you going to put a plan in place?  What have you got to lose – go on give it a go!

If you would like some to make changes in your life and think you really might need some help then please just get in touch.

Decluttering – What happens to my clients stuff?

When I work with clients on decluttering and getting organised, the outcome is that there are usually many excess items they no longer require or want in their spaces.

I regularly get asked by people what do you do or they do with the stuff they no longer want?  Keep reading below for the answers to this common decluttering question.

Decluttering – items of value – selling is an option

For items with a value I usually discuss with my client whether it is worth the time, effort and sometimes money, in trying to sell something.  For some items it definitely can be and depending upon what they are I usually can recommend places, websites or people to get in touch with to assist.

image of antique dealer to get rid of items from declutteringSome of the sources my clients have used to sell items include:

  • antique and second hand dealers
  • gumtree
  • ebay
  • other specialised websites for specific items

 

Homes for stuff – charities

Unfortunately often there can be quite a bit of rubbish when sorting through stuff but where possible I usually help my clients to identify things that can possibly recycled rather than just going to landfill.

As a an extra service to my clients, on the day of service, I usually take away items that they no longer require other than rubbish.  As part of this process we usually discuss if they have a preference for where things should be donated.  Nine times out of ten the clients are just happy for it to be removed and are just pleased to see that it will be given to someone else, usually in need, for them to use.

Over the years I have provided many items to various charities including:

Other homes for stuff

Other uses or places for items where I have given bits and pieces over the years have included:

  • Metal coat hangers in good condition being returned to the local dry cleaners for re use.picture of a metal coathanger
  • Blankets and towels delivered to the lost dogs home or even pet shops.
  • Cardboard is usually put into the recycling or taken to the transfer station for the same purpose.
  • Many transfer stations also take other items for recycling like tv’s, computers, printers, cables, books, paper etc.  You need to check our local transfer station to see what they take at no charge.
  • Often things like dress ups, toys, games and books in good condition have been donated to local schools or kindergartens.
  • image of old bicycleOld bicycles can often be reused and repurposed and are taken and then fixed up by many local charities.
  • Gumtree or Zilch have been another valuable sources to get rid of unwanted items that can still serve a purpose for someone else.  For many of my clients who list items for free they are usually snapped up very quickly.

 

Do you have any other sources or places where you like to recycle or donate items?  I am only more than happy to include them on my donation list for the future too. 

If you’d like assistance to undertake some decluttering of your own and get more organised then please get in touch – or call me on 0409 967 166.

10 common organising challenges

Have you ever wondered what the 10 most common organising challenges are that people face in their everyday lives?  Maybe you too will be able to relate to some or all of these in your own life?

At my last few organising and decluttering workshops in 2016 I asked people to list their organising challenge that they struggle with or what annoys them the most.  All the 10 common organising challenges listed here, to be honest, are pretty much what I expected based on my experience as an organising expert and are the common organising challenges most of my clients face.

10 common organising challenges

The 10 most common organising challenges listed here are ranked from the most common to the least common for people who have attended my workshops.

  1. A pile of paper clutterdealing with paper clutter – this is by far most people’s biggest challenge with 1/4 of those surveyed noting it as the organising challenge that annoys them the most.  Many vary from having one pile to multiple piles of paper throughout the living space and home.
  2. wardrobes – this was also quite high with just under 1/4 indicating that they wish their wardrobes were more organised so that they could find the clothes they want to wear more easily.  Many people also admitted to having too many clothes for the actual wardrobe space.
  3. bedrooms – this was next on the list where people felt their bedrooms were too cluttered, with clothes and other items, and could do with better organisation.
  4. kitchen space – This too is quite a common organising challenge for many people and often the source of the problem is that the kitchen becomes a dumping ground for anything including school notes, mail and papers to wallets, keys and many other items which either don’t seem to have a home or people choose not to put away at the time.
  5. junk drawer – the junk drawer is also another common challenge that comes up time and time again.  All homes have that drawer in their kitchen that just seems to accumulate more items over time.  Click here for a blog on how to organise your junk drawer in 5 easy steps. An image of a junk drawer in a kitchen which can be an organising challenge
  6. home office – this was lower down the list than I thought it would be and probably because it is often a space that is removed from the rooms most used in people’s day to day lives.  In my experience home offices are often another dumping ground for things that either don’t get put away or don’t have a home. T his space can become a ‘junk drawer’ for the entire home.
  7. time management – several people indicated that rather than a physical space being their main organising challenge it was their inability to manage their time that was more of an issue.
  8. photos – this too is a common issue that many face in today’s day and age.  This issue can centre around the move from physical photos (of which people often have lots sitting unsorted in boxes) to digital photos (which are often not organised in any manner to allow quick access and review in terms of finding when needed).  I was only talking about this with a client recently and providing her with a solution going forward so she doesn’t add to the issue and then when she has time going back through and organising all those prior to now.
  9. too much stuff – many people admitted that thy feel overwhelmed by too much stuff and don’t know what to do about it and where to start.
  10. image of a young child's drawingmiscellaneous – this is a mixture of miscellaneous items that were included and that I grouped together just so I could list them in the top 10.  I believe many are common organising challenges people face – from how to deal with memorabilia including children’s school and art work; toys both inside and outside the home; the whole house; and the inability to throw things away.

So what about you, can you relate to any of these common organising challenges in your own life?

If you are feeling overwhelmed by any of these challenges or would just like a plan of attack to know how best to deal with them and feel more organised, then please get in touch – amanda@organsingyou.com.au or call 0419 967 166.

Top 2016 organising and decluttering posts

Organising and decluttering to some can be very daunting and overwhelming when it really doesn’t have to be.  As another year has passed I thought it would be useful to put together a summary of articles, quotes, blogs from 2016 that might assist you and others when it comes to getting organised. Maintenance is the key image - organising and decluttering

As I enter into my 6th year of business as an organising expert I can honestly say that I love making a difference to the lives of my clients and to thank them for having me part of their journey to become more organised.

I hope that you find something here that inspires or assists you in some way on your own organising and decluttering journey.

Trends/Articles of Interest

The 6 habits of highly organised people

How to live with a messy person (or a neat freak) and not go insane

What is the Konmari method of organising?

6 things I question about the Konmari method of organising

What is a digital estate?

Maintenance is the key to being organised

If you ever wondered what my life as an organiser is about

How writing to do lists helps your brain

Great Quotes

These are just some of the quotes people responded to in 2016:

text on a quote about not letting go of stuff - organising and declutteringquote about it's not a good deal if you don't need it - organising and decluttering

quote text on this being the beginning of anything you want

image and text of a child being able to focus on what they are good at

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogs

Making the most of vertical space

Do you suffer from procrastination?

Move from busy to balanced

10 common organising myths clarified

Tips on organising recipes in your kitchen

 

Please do get in touch if you’d like some further advice or any assistance to get better organised in 2017.

Making the most of vertical space

Have you used vertical space well in your home?  Do you lack storage space in your home?  If the answer is yes or even if it isn’t you might like to consider utilising your vertical space.

image of jewellery hanging on the inside of a wardrobe cupboard using the vertical space

Image: pinterest

What is vertical space and why use it?

Vertical space is one of the best strategies you can use for storage and in particular for those living in small spaces.  When I work with clients there is always an opportunity to use vertical space better to store items.  By doing this you can increase the storage capacity in a wardrobe, kitchen cupboard, pantry, laundry cupboard, garage and the list goes on.  Most of the time vertical space has not even been considered as an option.

 

Ideas to maximise vertical space

There are many different places you can utilise vertical space including:

image of tiered shelf rack to store cans on In the kitchen

  • In the pantry you can use stacking shelves so you can create multiple layers of grocery items rather than wasting the space on a shelf by having one lot of tins for example.
  • On the inside door of a pantry you could have a spice rack or set up a variety of different shelves to house other items.

    image courtesy of ownerbuildernetwork

    image: courtesy of ownerbuildernetwork

  • Another idea on the inside of a door is to have hooks to hang your tea-towels, oven mitts and aprons too.
  • You can also use a magazine holder or something similar to store items on the inside of a cupboard.
image of shoe organiser to store shoes and clothes and scarves using the vertical space

source: pinterest

 

In the wardrobe

  • there are many ideas available on the internet to assist with wardrobes so check them out.
  • if you have a walk-in-robe then you can use all the spare wall space to gain extra storage space.  By adding a few hooks you can hang all sorts of different items like bathrobes, scarves, jewellery, hats, caps and the list goes on.
image of wire racks on the inside of the door storing hair dryers and hair straighteners using the vertical space

image: pinterest

Bathroom

  • using the inside cupboards to hang hairdryers or straighteners with hooks.
  • use the back of the doors to hang multiple towels.

    image of bathroom door with 3 towel rails using the vertical space

    image: courtesy of Martha Stewart

 

 

 

Shelving

One of the easiest ways to utilise any vertical space is to add more shelving. Work out what it is you need to store and adjust or build additional shelves in to the right height.

If you’d like some assistance to maximise storage and space in your home then please get in touch.  I regularly work with clients providing them with ideas to solve their storage dilemmas.

6 things I question about the Konmari method of organising

There has been a great deal written about the Konmari method of organising and now as an organising expert I’d like to share mine.  Having worked with many different clients during my 5 years of business, I wanted to let you know based on my experience and expertise, what I have seen work when it comes to getting organised and pose questions around a few methods outlined by the Konmari approach.

image of Marie Kondo's book The life changing magic of tidying up - the konmari method of organisingIf you are not sure what the Konmari method of organising by Marie Kondo is click here to read my previous blog.  As I mentioned in that post Marie should be congratulated for her writing the books she has written and in turn spreading the word about the importance of organisation in our daily lives.

6 things I question about the Konmari method

The overall principles of the Konmari method of organising are sound and as mentioned previously are what I have used and continue to use when working with my clients.  However I do have a few fundamental issues with several approaches outlined in the book:

  • Ones size fits all – I don’t believe this one size fits all approach will work for everyone and in particular when it mentions ‘if you didn’t succeed you are not doing it right’.  When working with clients I believe it is really important to listen in the first instance and then tailor an organising solution that will work for them.  By doing this they not only have a solution but something they are more likely to maintain. Having said that if the Konmari organising method works as is for you that’s great go ahead and follow it!
  • Organising everything in one big session – It is suggested that the way to get organised is to do it all in one epic session.  This is not ideal based on my experience and can lead to further unnecessary overwhelm and stress.  I usually recommend starting in one area and moving on as you can rather than pulling everything out in one go.  Follow your own instincts and don’t try this approach if you think this’s might be an issue for you.
  • Image Maintenance is the key - never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today - not really a focus of the konmari method of organisingYou organise once and it’s done – Marie’s approach is that once it’s organised it should stay that way, and that you won’t have clutter again by organising this way, which in principal are great things to believe and state.   In reality though this is probably not going to to be the case.  In my experience I personally believe she misses one of the main fundamentals of organising which is the maintenance aspect.   As an organising expert we know that maintenance is the key and this is not a focus of this method at all. For more information on the importance of maintenance click here to read a blog I wrote recently.
  • One needs to adjust to changes in ones life – Continuing on from the point above, is that often over time things change and you need to adjust to different life changes, such as having children.  I’m not sure the Konmari method of organising really caters to these changes that do occur in our lives.
  • There is a big difference between tidy and organising – The meaning of tidy is to arrange neatly and in order.  With this concept in mind then the focus of this method is that one really only tidies the clutter.  When an organiser works with a client we actually initially focus on assisting them to make decisions to deal with their clutter first before creating organising solutions around what remains.
  • Folding all clothes – I personally think this can be a great idea however folding all one’s clothes takes a great deal of commitment and time to do for everything and I wonder for many if this is actually sustainable?

Naturally, please be aware that these are my views only, and if the Konmari method works for you then go ahead and please follow it.

Let me leave you with something I always say to my clients though – ‘there is no one way to organise something it is really what works for you that matters‘.   So maybe adopt the bits you like about this method and leave those you don’t think will work for you!

If you would like assistance with getting more organised in your life please get in touch

What is the Konmari method of organising?

image of Marie Kondo's book The life changing magic of tidying up that discusses the konmari method of organisingI am assuming most people have by now heard or read about the Konmari method of organising.  A lot of what Marie Kondo writes about in her book ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up‘ have been methods myself and my fellow organisers around the world  have been following and implementing with clients for years.  Whilst these methods are not new, Marie should be congratulated for taking the opportunity to write this book and spread the word further about the importance of organisation in our daily lives.

So what is the Konmari method of organising?

For those of you who haven’t read this book, know a little or perhaps haven’t even heard about it hear is a very brief explanation.

  • The basic principal is that unless you truly and deeply love an item it has no business living in your home.
  • When you go through your items and decide what to get rid of you need to remember that it’s not all about throwing out or donating as much as you can but ensuring you only hold on to what makes you happy.
  • When you sort through items this is done by category rather than by going from room to room. The thinking behind this is that similar items are likely to be scattered through the whole house and not confined to one room or space.
  • After getting rid of items you no longer love the next step is to ensure everything has a designated home.  This helps to avoid a clutter relapse and the overall concept is that putting things away should be easy and be able to be located easily when required.
  • Marie has quite a detailed and complex Konmari folding method that she shares for all pieces of clothing for perfect appearance.

So what do you think? Do you think you could follow these basic principles to get organised?

Good luck however if you feel this approach isn’t for you or you’d like some assistance get in touch.