Did you know that the warmer weather and early spring flowers have a subliminal message: it's time for a Spring Clearing Purge! In addition to the amazing tips for spring cleaning found here, I want to talk today about stuff. The stuff that fills our closets, the stuff that we have a hard time letting go of, the stuff that you just don't need/use anymore.
For those of you who hold onto the stuff, this blog is meant to motivate you to throw away, donate, and/or repair your stuff. By incorporating responsible spring clearing into your already establish spring cleaning regime, I can almost guarantee that you'll feel: better, lighter, freer, and happier!
Personally I subscribe to the adage, if you don't use it or it doesn't make you feel good, get rid of it! This was not always the case, I came from an amazing family that were knick-knack displaying, basement bins keeping, stuff people (love you!). Largely as a result of owning property in the city, I simply didn't have the space to continue these familial trends.
The shift was hard at first but I can honestly say that I am better for it (as is my home). Here are three simple tips to keep in mind for Spring Clearing:
1) Avoid buying stuff that doesn't fit the criteria: can I use it or does it make me feel good?
2) Assess the stuff you already own and find responsible ways of donating or getting rid of it or repairing it so you will use it again
3) Keep a maximum of one bin, with a lid, for sentimental things (this is your stuff bin and the lid must close!)
Finally, a housekeeping and organizational system developed for those of us who'd describe our current living situation as a "f*cking mess" that we're desperate to fix. "Unf*ck Your Habitat" is for anyone who has been left behind by traditional aspirational systems. The ones that ignore single people with full-time jobs; people without kids but living with roommates; and people with mental illnesses or physical limitations. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world!
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
The definitive field guide to creating simple, beautiful interiors from the team behind the inspirational home site Remodelista.com. Learn how to achieve this thoughtful aesthetic with lessons from personality-filled houses, as well as a close look at standout kitchens and baths. You will also find easy ingenious DIY and storage ideas, editors' picks of the 100 most enduring (and attractive) household objects, and a primer on the ins and outs of the remodeling process.
In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called dostadning, do meaning "death" and stadning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning", artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humour and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.
Our homes and workspaces are a mirror of what's happening inside us, and "De-Clutter Your Life" explains how you can change your relationship with the things you own. Instead of being weighed down with objects and possessions that keep you stuck in the past, you can learn to think about your things in a new light, in a way that's constructive and helpful to you.
Now everyone go and declutter your home and wish me luck on my massive purge/house renovation this spring!