My friend Tony Delamothe has launched into an orgy of decluttering after retiring. His guide is Marie Kondo, and he’s kindly summarised her book for me. Now I’m sharing it with you. I’m still in the cluttering phase, but I#d better chnage soon or I’ll be caught cluttered by death.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying– by Marie Kondo
Tidy by category.
Start early in the morning.
Stick to the order:
1. Discarding, then
2. Deciding where to keep the things that haven’t been discarded
The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hands and ask: “Does this spark joy?”
(In other words, your *feelings* are the guide to decision making.)
If it sparks joy, keep it.
If not, throw if out.
Don’t start with things that are hardest to make decisions about, such as photos. So adopt the following order:
Things with sentimental value
* Clothes that should be hung (jackets, suits)
When you come across something that you cannot throw away, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many things you possess have already fulfilled their role. Acknowledge their contribution and let them go with gratitude. What remains will be the things that you really treasure.
Most people are left with between one quarter and one third of their original clothes.
Hang longer clothes on the left of cupboard.
Ditch unread books
Throw out anything that does not fall into one of three categories:
Currently in use
Needed for a limited time
Must be kept indefinitely
Her sort of overarching philosophy:
We should treasure not the memories of past experiences but the person we have become because of those past experiences.
If there’s something that does not spark joy but that you can’t bring yourself to throw away, ask yourself: “Am I having trouble getting rid of this because of attachment to the past or because of fear of the future?”