Marie Kondo’s pupil reveals top tips to declutter your home & says NEVER hang on to clothes you're too big for
A MARIE Condo-approved organisation expert has revealed her top tips to get your home in ship shape in 2021.
Sally Flower uses the KonMai method, developed by cleaning and organisation guru Condo, to de-clutter homes of clients.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sally said: "When organising our homes, it's vital we are focusing on simplicity and not the perfection.
"It's very easy to get caught in the trap of everything looking Pinterest and Instagram-worthy.
"But the real purpose of getting organised is to simplify your life and making sure you're doing the things that you love and you haven't got things holding you back."
Now, the ConMari consultant has shared her top tips for getting your home in ship shape this year.
Ditch clothes that make you feel guilty
Sally advises getting rid of anything that makes you feel rubbish, whether that's something you're too big for or an item you simply don't wear enough because it doesn't "spark joy".
She says: "Listen to your gut – if something doesn't feel good to wear, use or to look at, you probably don't need it.
"Decluttering goes beyond physical items – declutter activities and thoughts that do not spark joy.
"Change your wardrobe to suit your body. The reality is, clothes that are too small or too big probably don't spark joy and shouldn't be in your wardrobe."
Keep the things that "spark joy"
Sally recommends considering which items bring you joy or pleasure, and chucking stuff that no longer serves you.
She says: "It's about reassessing how your clothes are making you feel and whether they add value to your life. It's time to let go of anything that hasn't grown with you."
"If every time you open your wardrobe it frustrates you, or you're always complaining 'I have nothing to wear', something isn't working, and it could be because nothing feels like 'you'."
Give every item an allocated home
Each of your possessions should have an allocated place in your home, whether that's off-season clothes, Christmas decorations or everyday items.
She says: "Always put items away, don't just put them down."
For seasonal items of Christmas decs or picnic baskets, she says: "Tuck it away somewhere that is an easy to get to but we're not going to forget it.
"If you are the kind of person who forgets where things are, maybe write yourself a note, list or add reminder in your diary.
"So next summer you can come back and use all the items you don't lose them in your home."
Consider why you're holding on to junk
Does the very thought of filling black bin bags up with your old possessions fill you with fear?
Sally recommends considering why you might be struggling to get your head around parting with unloved items, encouraging people to write down why they're finding it tough to "let go" of those "unnecessary" items.
She says: "Often when we are holding onto things it's a lot more of a mental battle than a physical battle and by journaling you can more easily get through the mental chaos.
"Be patient, it's a process. Don't follow trends – joy must come from how you feel, how you connect with your home and what adds value to your life. Making a home sanctuary is a feeling thing, not a thinking thing."
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