Decluttering in 2019

It’s strange how things come together even when you have no real intention of making resolutions or decisions. A few days ago, I watched the first episode of a new documenetary series on Netflix. Something about decluttering with Marie Kondo. For those of you who don’t know, it seems she is a tidying guru who not only inspires a following in Japan, but also in the United States, which is where this series is filmed. I was fascinated. Although she comes across as a slightly supercharged cleaning genie with a permanent smile, there were a few things I liked about her suggested methods.

I’m not a particularly untidy person, but I’ll freely admit that my life and my home could do with a good declutter. Her enthusiasm and that of her guests, made me question what I could do to improve my life this year. I’m not really one for resolutions, so let me state clearly that this is not a resolution. Its a statement of what I want to do this year, and a kind of plan as to how I can achieve it.

I considered the clutter in my life. Marie says she prefers to tidy according to categories, and not just areas of the house, although sometimes an area can be a category, such as the kitchen. The first category she focused on with her guests was that of clothes. I liked what she said. She suggests taking all of your clothes out into the middle of the room before deciding what to keep and what to throw or give away (preferably give away if it’s at all wearable still). The trick is then to hold each item and if it gives you a zing of joy, keep it. If not, out it goes after you’ve thanked it for the use it’s given you. I know, it sounds silly, but an attitude of appreciation never hurt anyone. Finally, the items are folded and put back in their drawers or hung in the closet.

I was inspired! Did you know that you can fit more items in a drawer by folding them and standing them up? And that if you stand them up, you can see every t-shirt, making choosing what to wear an easy glance through the drawer? Last night I folded my t-shirt drawer and now it looks like this.

And my cupboard shelves look like this.

It feels wonderful! I’ve also started a bag of clothes to be given to charity and I’ll be adding to it as I continue.

There is still much to be done though. There are so many areas needing a good declutter. I’ve decided to make this the year of decluttering. I want to take time to focus on a different area each month and write about how it goes and what I do. So what are are the different areas I can identify? Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Clothes – January
  • Computer
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Books
  • Teaching resources (what to keep and what to let go of?)
  • Sewing cabinet (don’t know how I’m going to do this one!)
  • Garage (that’s Mr.B’s domain but maybe with a little bit of help… he actually does keep it amazingly tidy)

But there are also other categories to consider and for me, those are

  • Mind
  • Heart
  • Spirit
  • Body

I’m tired of having a mind filled with the cacophony of daily life and the continual clanging of social media. I want to change the way I think.

I want my heart to be pure in intention, love freely and give freely where I can help others in any way.

I want to have a pure spirit in my dealings with others, both loved ones and acquaintances. I want to believe the best of others and give the best of me.

And finally, I want to treat my body with the respect it deserves, decluttering from all the unhealthy foods I’ve been eating and eating healthy foods as well as exercising more.

Golly! I can see that this is a tall order. Can I do it? Yes! Calmly and quietly, one step at a time, I think I can. If you have any thoughts or advice, feel free to tell me in the comments. Have a great 2019!