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Do you love it? If not, chuck it!

Do you find it hard to discard items? I recently read about a book called ‘The life-changing magic of tidying’ by Marie Kondo. The title sounds extreme and perhaps you think unlikely – but it includes a detailed step by step method, and here are just a few ideas that I’d like to share with you:

Storage is not the solution
The easy option is to store items to make your home tidy and convince yourself there is no clutter. But storage units will overflow and you are back to square one. Tidying must start with discarding.

How to choose what to chuck
Ask yourself ‘Do I love this thing? Does it spark joy?’. It is does, keep it; if not, chuck it!

And if you can’t throw something out…..
It is human nature to resist throwing things away – ‘it might come in useful one day’, ‘I spent quite a bit of money buying that’ – and we don’t want to be wasteful. A couple of good questions to ask are ‘Why did I buy it? When did I buy it? Does it owe me anything?’ If I didn’t own this, how much would I pay to get it?’. It may be the item has completed its role in your life, so you can let it go. If you no longer need something, it is neither wasteful nor shameful to discard.

Remember, the whole point in discarding and keeping things is to be happy. There is medical evidence that clutter equals stress – and that experiences provide more joy than stuff. So if you know there are too many things in your home and want to have a sort out, give me a call and you too can enjoy the feeling that less really is more – more space, more clarity and ultimate simplicity.