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Marie Kondo tidying up

How Marie Kondo's tidying tips can help you sort your life out

Is clutter taking over your life? The KonMari Method is here to help.

As a student, I seem to have acquired a lot of stuff. Especially clothing; in order to avoid the dreaded wash days, I seem to just buy more clothes, or I forget about what I have at home and end up with too many items. Of course, this is wasteful and damaging to the environment and from now on I aim to significantly reduce this. However, the Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has helped me declutter and become motivated to continue this lifestyle.

Here are a few things I've learned:

Be thankful

Something that Marie Kondo does before starting the task is thanking the house. At first, I thought this was a little bit silly. However, this is a great message; we should treat our environment with love and respect and be thankful for everything we have as there are people with less. When you decide to remove an item from your life, thank the item for everything it has added to your life.

Surround yourself with things you love

Marie Kondo encourages you to only keep things that 'spark joy.' Although this seems a bit extreme, there is a lot of sense made by surrounding yourself only with things you love that create happiness. The environment around you will become one that you enjoy being in, rather than one that stresses you out due to the mess.

Folding clothes will make a lot of space

I have made so much space from folding my clothes like Marie Kondo has. The folding gave me more room to hang things up in the wardrobe and allowed me to see what I have more clearly.

Make room for sentimental items

When you get rid of items that don't 'spark joy' there is plenty more room to see what you have. One of the best things about this technique is being able to display and utilise things with sentimental value. My aim is to put up more photos of the people I love to bring happiness to my home.

When decluttering your home, always consider taking things to charity shops as this is a more ethical approach to being less wasteful and the money goes to a good cause. Many charities will put special bags through your door with collect dates to save you from even leaving the comfort of your own home. If you aren't using something, someone else might. If you have things you would like to sell, sites such as Ebay, Depop, musicMagpie and Amazon are great places to do so. As a student, you may eventually have to move back home.

Hopefully these tips will make your mess more manageable, or help you to give your bedroom a good clean out to help manage stress.
Photo credit: Denise Crew/Netflix

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