I tend to hang on to things that soon become obsolete or that I forget why I have them. It’s gotten to the point that I have tubs of memorabilia that I’m sure would mean nothing to me if I were to go through them. My wife and I also have an office that tends to be our catch-all for the random detritus of life. It always reminds us of Monica’s closet on Friends.
We’ve been wanting to declutter our home, and lives, because we don’t like just having random things sitting around. I also tend to be pretty spartan in how I decorate so I can’t stand clutter. as some of you know, the hardest part of getting decluttered is taking the first steps. Where do you start? Serendipitous, my wife came across this book at Barnes & Noble. It starts with where to start decluttering, and then how to organize what remains.
What helped is that instead of going room by room, Marie Kondo suggests going item by item. Clothes (wherever they are kept in the house), then books, then papers, then memorabilia. That way, once you declutter that category, it’s done. You don’t have other rooms to work on.
This book is one of the first to really explain how to organize your home, but most importantly, how to discard things. As soon as I read it, I knew that I wanted to being immediately sorting through my belongings to get rid of things I know deep down I don’t use. Ms. Kondo outlines how to do this in a straightforward manner that makes it easy to follow and understand. I recommend this book especially if you are wanting to get your place organized.