It‘s that time of the year again. Spring has sprung, the days are getting brighter and we’re all fueled with renewed enthusiasm!
If only it wasn’t for that annoying annual Spring Clean looming over...
“Something’s not right here - we’ve got too much stuff”
As I was putting together the Spring Clean collection for Lunar James (check out to see everything that’s 30% off!), I thought it would be nice to do something similar at home too.
But it wasn’t until this morning when I literally fell over some of James’ toys and books that I thought “something’s not right here - we’ve got too much STUFF!”.
As we’re temporarily moving out whilst our house is undergoing an overdue renovation, I decided that now was going to be the perfect time to carefully select the items that are going to become part of our lives once we move back in. And decide which items be given to friends, family or charity.
Frustrated by the fact that my house usually returns to its permanent messy state within a day of tidying up (sound familiar?), I decided to do things differently this time. I used a very helpful book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo who, I’m sure, most of you have heard of before!
“Who knew there was an art to tidying up?”
Marie’s tidying up tips are beyond useful and I recommend you to have a look at her website or book if you want this year’s Spring clean to be different.
She has 6 golden rules when it comes to tidying and some of them have totally blown my mind! Who knew there was an art to tidying up?
I’ll leave you with her 6 rules, and do let me know if you find them of help ..
“Marie’s 6 Golden Rules”
- Commit to tidying up: so easy, but are you really committed to tidying up and keeping it that way? Ask yourself this as according to Marie this is the key foundation to living a more tidy life.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle: do you like things out of sight, or perhaps in sight but organised? Do you like to decorate your home or keep it quite sparse? Think through how you would like your home to look and then work towards that when tidying.
- Discard first: make sure to be clear on what you want to keep and discard and finish this process first before tidying up the rest. This one is a hard one for many, including me, but it’s actually a relief saying goodbye to things that no longer serve you.
- Tidy by category, not by location: now this one blew my mind! I’d always done the latter and it explains why I had stationary in the kitchen, the living room, my studio and even in the bedroom!! Life changer, and also makes you think about where specific categories of things really belong in your home.
- Follow the right order: Tidying your belongings in this order – clothes, beauty products, utensils/tools, books/dvds/music, papers, and sentimental items – is proven to be most efficient.
- Ask Yourself If It Sparks Joy: forget about whether you’ve worn it last year or used it recently, it’s about whether it gives you joy! So even if you do wear it, if you don’t need it and it doesn’t fill you with good vibes, it’s time to say bye bye.
Of course these rules all become a little more difficult to apply when your partner has different ideas, but it can be fun exercise to do together (just see below on how much me and my partner are aligned on what we like our home to look like...)
“If something doesn’t fill you with good vibes, it’s time say good bye”
My idea of a tidy house (minus the cup and cleaning spray!)
My partner’s idea of a tidy house