Today is the second Sunday of 2021 and our second Self Care Sunday Idea, ‘Have a Mini Declutter Session’!
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Idea 2. Have a Mini Declutter Session
Our second Self Care Sunday Idea is ‘Have a Mini Declutter Session‘.
One of the best ways to practice self care and simplify your life is to declutter. There are numerous ways to go about doing this. One of the most popular ways right now is The KonMari Method™ created by Marie Kondo, from the popular show on Netflix called ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ and inspired by her bestselling book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.’
The KonMari Method™ uses the idea of categories to get organised instead of just going room by room. You’ll organise by category starting with your clothing, and then you’ll work on books, papers, miscellaneous items, and then lastly sentimental items. The idea is to touch each thing, keeping only what continues to ‘spark joy’. If the items don’t still spark joy, you are supposed to thank them for their service and let them go, either to a new home or the trash.
This is an excellent method for decluttering because it relies on categories instead of where things are kept. The reason it works is that in each room, you often have many categories of items that are hard to find or contain. If you create a home for each thing and only keep the things that are useful and joyous to own, you’ll need less storage and everything will be easier to find.
Plus, by starting with clothing first, you’re tackling one of the things that often cause bottlenecks in the morning when getting dressed and out the door. By ending with sentimental items, you will allow your mind to adjust to letting go before you even get to those items.
The short story on this method is:
- Declutter First – Take everything out so you can look at it, touch it, and remember it. Toss the trash, box up the giveaway, and put away the stuff you’re keeping.
- Understand Your Space – It can help to take a picture before you start decluttering, and then one when it’s empty so that you can understand the space and find a good home for each thing.
- Start with Your Clothing – Most people have too many clothes, so it’s a good place to begin letting go, finding a home for things, and practicing feeling joy and gratitude.
- Touch, Remember, Feel Joy and Gratitude – When you are decluttering, touch each item, remember what you do with it, and feel joy and gratitude for each thing. If you’re keeping it, it’s due to joy; if you’re giving it away, it’s because you’ve got all the use out of it you can.
- Find a Home for Everything You Keep – When you put things away, since the things you keep are special and bring joy, store them in a way that makes them seem special. Everything in a home has a place.
- Learn to Fold Marie’s Way – This is a good folding method to learn because you can store more clothing in smaller areas without messing them up when you look for them. Here is a good YouTube video to help:
- Work on Sentimental Items Last – Go through all the categories of items and only touch the sentimental items at the end. It can take months of going through the method before you get to this, but when you are ready, it won’t be as hard.
- Take Your Time – You don’t have to do this in one weekend if you don’t want to. You can take your time and work on each category through time. The great thing is that your kids will learn this method by watching you and do it too.
If you want to try this weeks self care sunday idea and the KonMari Method™ yourself, it’s highly advisable to get her book. The TV show is good too, but it doesn’t really explain the method as well as the book does, and you’re likely to skip steps if you don’t go through the book. You can get it on Kindle so that you don’t have another item to make a decision about – especially since with this method, she wants you to try to keep only 30 books.
The word decluttering doesn’t just apply to housekeeping. In a household setting, decluttering refers to cleaning, general tidying, and eliminating things from the home that have become useless or obsolete. The same concept can be applied to your mind. It’s the process of lowering the burden on your mind by eliminating unnecessary worry and thoughts. This can be accomplished by making changes to your life and your thought processes. Although clutter is always caused by your mental processes, external events can serve as triggers.
Eliminating the triggers is a powerful way to declutter your mind. But you can also have ineffective habits for dealing with stress, boredom and uncertainty. Excessive thinking can be another form of mental clutter. It uses valuable resources and drains your ability to focus.
It’s Good To Share
I would love to hear about your experience of decluttering, the difference it has made, the struggles you may have had, or even how your mini declutter session went so feel free to submit your thoughts in the comments below.
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Happy Self Care Sunday and happy decluttering, much love Joanne
Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.