A Konmari State of Mind

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For a while now I’ve been devouring every book that I can find on decluttering – your home, your workplace, your life, your mind, everything! I’ve always had a fascination with the way that someone’s surroundings can affect mood and state of mind. So when I came across Marie Kondo and one of the books on the Konmari method it really struck a chord with me. You’ve probably heard of this really popular way to declutter that has recently been adopted by masses of people all over the world.


What is Konmari?


The Konmari method of tidying, decluttering and organising comes from Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman who has brought Japanese values and spirit into the art of tidying up. Her website states that “People are drawn to the philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective, and optimistic. Belongings are acknowledged for their service and thanked before being discarded, if they no longer spark joy.”


Can simple decluttering really make a difference?


It might sound like a bold claim, but decluttering really does clear the mind. It can have a positive effect on somebody’s life in so many ways. Over the years I’ve worked with a few people suffering mental health disorders, helping to declutter and organise their homes. Taking positive steps at home helped them to move forward a few steps, and encouraged them to make big changes in their own lives. Many of them now have started to help others make the same changes in their homes.


Where to start


My top tip for decluttering and organising your home is to be consistent. You could try having a weekly plan of small jobs. The important thing is to stick to it, that way you’ll never let the clutter build up.

Of course, always remember Marie Kondo’s advice and really think about whether the things you’re keeping bring you joy. It can be so hard to get rid of the things that we’re attached to but the state of mind from a good declutter is worth it. Recently I had a whole wardrobe of clothes from my younger days that had been sat in the garage for a long time. As much as I loved the clothes, they weren’t bringing me joy any more, they were just sat doing nothing. In the end the joy I found in them came from seeing them sold at a car boot sale to new owners who would love them as much as I did.

I don’t strictly follow only one method for decluttering my home, more a combination of all the different things I’ve read and the habits that I’ve developed over the years. But I’m always open to adding in some new techniques when I come across a new article or book!


What methods do you use when organising and decluttering your home? Let me know in the comments or get in touch if you’d like some help or advice.


What’s Your Cleaning Personality?

Doll vacuuming in a dollhouse

There are many different kinds of cleaner among us and we all have different styles and approaches. For some cleaning is one of those jobs we just keep putting off and for others it’s practically a hobby.

Which of these matches your cleaning personality?


The Hide-It-And-Hope


Cat covered over by a rug
“Just put a rug over it ..!”


You bumped into a friend this morning, you got chatting, you were telling them about the new curtains you’d just bought and then ‘blammo!’ you only went and invited them over this afternoon. But… the house… oh!


The Hide-It-And-Hope always means to get round to tidying and cleaning and making the house look presentable. But, well, for a hide-it-and-hope life just sort of gets in the way. So when someone’s popping round unexpectedly, the few hours they have just isn’t enough, hence the kitchen cupboard full of kids toys!


The Neat and Tidy Ninja


Backlit shadow of a person doing a flying kick
You’ll never even see them coming


Everybody’s preoccupied with their own activities; watching the TV, sitting on the computer, staring at their smartphone. This is when the Neat and Tidy Ninja strikes. Cleaning and tidying up like a whirlwind that follows in the wake of chaos and mess. And you’d better not leave a near-empty mug lying around because the Neat and Tidy Ninja will whip it away before you even realise you’re finished with it.



The Commander in Chief


Girl looking unimpressed with cleaning supplies
“You know I could be watching Netflix right now?”


Cleaning the house is like a military operation for the Commander in Chief. Everyone should know where they should be, what they should be doing and at what time they should be doing it. If you’re not doing something right then the Commander in Chief is certainly not afraid to let you know. Not afraid to get stuck in, but barks orders with the best of them. Top tip for dealing with the Commander in Chief – stick to that rota or there’ll be major trouble.



The Spick and Span


Magical-looking castle spires against a bright sky
“Of course the sparrows do a wonderful job of polishing the roof tiles for me. Bless their hearts.”


Floating around the house with custom cleaning kit, upcycled duster and handmade shabby-chic apron the Spick and Span cleans and polishes with a smile on their face and a song in their heart. Gliding over every surface with precision and glee, you’d be forgiven for mistaking their work for something magical and half-expecting to find them cleaning the kitchen with the help of some adorable woodland creatures.


What type of cleaner are you? Let us know in the comments!


Sometimes every type of cleaner needs a bit of a helping hand. If you’ve got a big party coming up or need a deep clean ready for the new season then get in touch to let us know what you need.