6 Spring Cleaning Tips Inspired by Marie Kondo to Spark Joy
Sometimes your home needs a detox, too! A change of seasons is the perfect time to declutter your home and cleanse your space of all those extra things taking up your space. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to make space for new goals and get in touch with all of the things you’ve acquired over time. Marie Kondo has been inspiring people around the world with her organizational methods that span beyond tidying up and into a true lifestyle of mindful housekeeping. Here are 6 of our favourite spring cleaning tips inspired by Marie Kondo.
1. It starts with visualization!
The first step of your spring cleaning journey is to imagine what this process will bring to your life. Cleaning without intention will simply add to the future mess. Take your time and make deliberate choices to re-organize and declutter. Use the opportunity to reflect on the life you want. Turn the habit of leading a clean and organized life into a lifestyle.
2. Decant household products
Making the decision to buy things like refillable soap dispensers takes a lot of the noise of branded products out of your home. Use minimal looking soap and shampoo dispensers to increase the serenity of your bathroom. Similarly, use wooden spice boxes and jars in the kitchen to store spices, coffee, and other items that don’t spoil easily.
3. Discard what is not joyful or useful
This is a classic Kondo sentiment, but it’s worth repeating! Consider how each item in your home serves you. Does it serve you at all? If it is not useful or beautiful, you might want to consider getting rid of it to make space for things that bring more value to your life. This may seem like a lot but try to start small, with one room at a time.
4. Get Rid of Paper
This is another tip that can help you and the environment. Choosing to go paperless is a proactive way to reduce the amount of paper laying around your house. Go through the drawers, study table, bookshelf, and other places you keep paper with the intention of future use. Often, the old stacks of paper lying around are of no value.
5. Buy storage containers
This can seem counter-intuitive, but there is no point in purchasing more junk before you know how you are going to use it. After your first round of tidying, assess what storage supplies you actually need. Better yet, use old discarded boxes to store items that you rarely use.
6. Tidying is about choosing what to keep
Choosing the things that matter to you is not hard, but what if you feel guilty in throwing them? This can include things like greeting cards you received on your birthday. Those cards have an emotional value for you but wouldn’t it be in the best interest to recycle those cards? The transaction of goodwill has already taken place when your friend gave you that card. You should try to see the bigger picture and let go of things.
Taking the time to clean mindfully can be good for both your environment, and the environment in general! Approaching tidying as a way to stay in touch with your space and your possessions will result in more sustainable outcomes and a more joyful space to live in! Did you know that spring cleaning can also be a stress reducer? Find more stress reducing tips here!