[DIAPORAMA] Sorting, tidying up, cleaning your space as you declutter your head … This is often part of the resolutions for the start of the school year. What if we took advantage of the summer to lighten up? Follow simple advice from the storage pros.
We often have the impression of being invaded by objects. In our daily life as in our cupboards, too much furniture, too many clothes, too much junk …
But do all these goods that we own and amass every day of our life make sense? Do they not weigh as much on our finances as on our mind? Is it really necessary to spend all this time buying them, using them very little and then putting them aside to forget them? Without realizing it, these objects gradually clutter our mind and our life, no longer letting what is essential to us circulate freely. It’s time to lighten up!
>> It’s good for you. All those who have already got rid of a collection of books, magazines, or family heirlooms to which they held testify: throwing them or giving them very often frees of a weight and makes more joyful. In addition, places overloaded with furniture, paintings, objects, moreover in disorder, create a feeling of oppression and add to stress.
>> It’s good for your health.By detoxifying our interior, the body reacts by getting rid of toxins: “A bit as if we had imposed a mini-fast”, according to the famous Marie Kondo. More concretely, by getting rid of our clutter, cleaning becomes “lighter”: we do it more easily (which gives us energy) and dusting with non-toxic products purifies the indoor air. which improves our health.
>> It’s good for morale. Decluttering also allows you to devote more time and energy to yourself, but also to others. “The less we rely on“ toys ”to entertain us, the more natural it seems to us to reach out to others,” underline Alice Le Guiffant and Laurence Paré (authors of the Art of decluttering, published by Jouvence). In short, by decluttering your interior, you minimize your waste, participate in the recycling of objects … and you are happier, nothing less.
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Explore your motivations By asking yourself, for example, why you want to have a tidy room, uncluttered with furniture, and scented with aromatherapy; to reconnect with yourself, to sleep better, not to wake up tired … Asking questions allows you to realize that throwing or keeping things has only one goal: to make you happier.
Take a tour of what you own Clothing, crockery, household linen, beauty products … in each category, list sub-categories (skirts, sweaters … for clothes; glasses, cutlery … for dishes, etc.). Without looking in your cupboards, write in this table the number of objects you need. It is done ? Compare with your closets. The result will amaze you. You will be able to give or throw away what you have in excess right away.
Look for the spark of joy in your closets Look for the spark of joy in your closets. What does this item get me? In her bestseller, Marie Kondo suggests touching objects and keeping only those that produce a spark of joy. An exercise that requires you to take the object in your hands and listen to your sensations.
Start with unaffected objects Start with unaffected objects. Like clothes, linens, dishes … which you had forgotten about. Because it is often hard to start tidying up when you come across photos, letters or objects from the past. It is also difficult to get rid of, even if the memories they bring up do not fade, because they are in your mind, and not in the object itself. A word of advice: take a picture of them.
Declutter by season Declutter by season. This is what Alice Le Guiffant and Laurence Paré propose. A good idea for those who don’t know where to start. In June, they propose to get rid of the objects that take the most dust (rugs, knick-knacks, paintings) and to take out the green plants. This will keep dust mites away and free up the time you spend cleaning them up.
Involve the family Storage is often a personal matter. How you are going to sort and keep depends on your personality and your envy. But if you live together, you may still want the other occupants to tidy up their affairs. What if you share your nest with refractories (unmanic spouse or casual children)? Play the communication card and be convincing. Explain to him / her that tidying up a little each day avoids spending 6 hours tidying up on weekends. You can thus enjoy family moments with more convivial activities.
Tidying up and cleaning is also meditation Tidying up and cleaning is also meditation. Being present in what you are doing, reconnecting with your sensations, freeing yourself from pressures … What you feel while meditating is similar to what many minimalists describe. It is indeed the state in which we find ourselves observing each object, taking the time to know if they are useful to us, when we fold clothes, when we do the dishes or when we sweep.
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