An overstuffed wardrobe, dishes in the sink, unmopped bathroom floor, clothes strewn on the bed, are all triggers that send our mind in a tizzy early in the morning. It’s a downward spiral from there on. Clutter is chaos in a physical form. Being continuously surrounded by clutter leaves you anxious, angry and depressed. That’s what the study conducted by David Tolin, a psychologist who specializes in hoarding, found.
Another study indicated a link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female home owners and a high density of household objects. What is interesting, though, is the indication that you can tackle depression by simply decluttering your house.
Declutter your house with Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing could be the answer, perhaps. Many rave about her method and about how following them has changed their lives for the better. Others think the method is radical and kooky in that it requires you to throw away perfectly useful household items and talk to your clothes. Marie Kondo herself says that following her method to declutter your house will make you more organized, happier, more ambitious, and even help lose weight.
My notes on the experiment
As someone who is now following this method, I have yet to see all the benefits she lists. I cannot, yet, call myself a success story. I certainly am not one to subscribe to the more extreme tenets of Marie Kondo’s method, such as throwing away every single item that does not procure me joy, or thanking my clothes for their service.
For those that want to know what the book is all about and are not ready to make the financial commitment
Organize your items by category and not by location. What that means is, instead of tackling the project from one room to another, go one item to another. An example would be to first sort through your clothes, then books, then old photographs, you get the gist. The book strongly suggests throwing everything you have or own onto the floor and then begin sorting through the pile.
Do it all at once. Forget tidying up for 15 minutes each day. Instead devote a hefty chunk of your time and organize as much as you can in one sitting. This way you will declutter your house in no time. What’s more, the results will be visible.
Start with discarding. First get rid of all the items you no longer want or need. Then organize whatever is left.
Throw away anything that doesn’t “spark joy” within you. Hold each item in your hands and pay close attention to how you feel about it.
Your items render you a priceless service. Treat them with the respect and reverence that they deserve.
Nezha Boutamine | The Edge Blog