Spring Cleaning Revolutionized

January 8, 2016 1:02 am Published by Spring Cleaning Revolutionized With the somewhat unexpected, yet completely smashing, success of organizing guru Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the whole world seems to be on a cleaning kick. And what better time to do it than after the holidays, when we all really want to stay inside anyway? Rather than having spring cleaning be a chore, Kondo advocates a joyful approach to organizing. Category by category, she’ll talk you through how to find out what things bring you joy, and where to put the items you do decide to keep. While it’s not the most glamorous task, tidying up has to be done. And living in a clean, organized, and yes, joy-filled apartment is one big step to revitalizing your life in general. Scientists have proven time and time again over the years that a tidy, welcoming environment can make a big impact on your overall health and wellbeing. A clean home is inviting after a long day at work, and can immediately lower your stress levels just by walking inside. So, now that you know all the benefits of a neat home, and you’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (and passed it along to all your friends), it’s time to get started. Kondo recommends cleaning by category, rather than strictly by room. The key to her success is asking one simple question, “Does this item bring me joy?” If the answer is no, it’s gotta go. Loyal Kondo devotees say this gets easier with time, and they’ve become accustomed to one of Kondo’s more interesting habits, thanking unwanted items for their service before letting them go. It sounds silly, but why shouldn’t we thank items for what they brought to us? If it helps declutter and simply, why not! One of the most exhilarating parts of the tidying process is actually removing all of the unwanted items from your home. Recycle everything you can, including glass, plastic, bottles, batteries, paper, and even clothing. Donate kitchen items, shoes, furniture, anything that is still in good condition. Kondo claims none of her clients have rebounded, or gone back to clutter. Once you see how amazing a simple, organized home can make you feel, it’s strong motivation to keep you away from rebounding as well. After all, there’s a reason the book title includes the words “life-changing”.

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