Article By Lakshmi Vijaykumar, Senior Research Consultant – AVTAR Group
A clutter free house or workspace is all about fantasies versus reality. One aims to be clutter free (that’s a fantasy) and quite achieves that but the truth is that image is temporary (reality). A few weeks after your de cluttering effort, the space starts staring at you with the same pile of papers, or a set of cutlery lying on the table, so on and so forth.
Picture yourself on a porch reading a book sipping your favorite coffee or writing for a journal of your interest. Does it seem unachievable? No, it is as much achievable as making lunch daily. All you require is a bit of organizing here and there.
If you are one of those who don’t want to let go off things, then its time you get that extra pepper shaker off your kitchen rack. It has served you enough, it is time you acknowledge the service it has done for you and let it move on to next life. This theory is being made popular by Japanese which they call it Konmari method of clearing up space. Theorized by Marie Kondo through her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” that has sold more than six million copies and has been on the bestseller list in New York Times for more than 86 weeks, the philosophy suggests you retain stuff that spark a joy in you and not make you feel depressed or distressed.
Being a working mother, you may often find yourself living in chaos – morning haggles with kids and maids, packing lunches, organizing dinner, back to back guests during weekends to name just a few. Among all this you will struggle to lay your hands on car keys, or the right fitting top for that important early morning meeting.
Quick dos that will bring you to a mess free house and help you breathe the air that you always wanted to.
Before you start, outlay a de clutter plan. Crypt your own tidy house in mind before you start. The theory that you need to be in middle of the twirl to begin de cluttering may not work for everyone. Step out of the mess and visualize the house that presents you with both physical and mental space. This will help you to start your project — de cluttering.
First and foremost, there is never a bad time start de cluttering, nor a good time to begin. The time is now, today. Don’t think too much on where to begin. Contrary to the traditional method of cleaning room by room or chest by chest, Konmary theory suggests we go on a once-in-a-lifetime cleaning marathon. This essentially means we categorize our possessions mainly in – clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, sentimental items (like photos, souvenirs etc) and gadgets. So, for example if you have your grandpa’s huge Rs 50- telephone box as well the Rs 1 one lakh-iphone, make a decisive choice on having the one that not only spark a joy in you but also serve you as much as it has been serving you.
Second, the best way to de clutter is by letting you know of the benefits of staying organized. Organizing the house means you are simplifying your daily routine. When things are organized, it is easier to find things like keys. There will be no meltdowns or temper tantrums.
Third, stop being indecisive about what you want and you don’t want. You simply decide what you want to possess based on requirement, need and some sentiments to discard the stuff that you will not require, need or use.
Fourth, DO NOT buy those extra over sized plastic containers or storage boxes. They are useless. One, they occupy space and two they further add to clutter craziness.
Fifth, practice the “in and out” rule. For every apparel that adds to your wardrobe or even your kids’, ensure at least one goes out of the cupboard. This way you are not only creating space for your new clothes but also lessening the clutter burden.
Sixth, try to add furniture that will not only add color to your home décor but double up as a functional unit with storage spaces.
Finally, set a deadline to self. Don’t let your mind procrastinate your everyday cleaning routine. Spend minimum of 15 minutes in clearing up laundry, newspapers, kids’ artwork and handwork, unwanted visiting cards, etc before all this add up to your clutter and overwhelm you one fine morning. Those 15 minutes will go a long way in keeping you calm.
While the above tips may aid in your de clutter project, remember one thing, things need not be perfect. A popular Japanese philosophy advocates celebrating imperfection – Wabi Sabi. The ethos is a way of life that appreciates and accepts complexities while at the same time valuing simplicity. Today the world is all about imperfections – the uneven prints on your cushion covers, rough textured wooden furnitures and various other intentionally made imperfect designs to make the home or office décor to give that “perfect” look.
So, it’s alright if your home doesn’t paint a perfect picture for a home décor magazine, but as long as it gives the positive vibes as you enter after a long day at work, your house is in good shape.
When you are less scattered, your mind is much clearer and has a broader vision on how you want to shape up your tomorrow.