The New Series on Netflix That is Helping Mums Get Their Houses Sorted, Literally
The new tidying trend that is helping mums clean up, get organized and ‘spark joy’ – have you joined the movement?
Did you know that January is the biggest decluttering month of the year? Well actually, we’ve only got anecdotal evidence to back that up, as we are on a huge house declutter at the moment, but if feels like something that *should* be true.
Fueling our decluttering urges this January, however, and a common denominator in most online discussions around decluttering – is the new Netflix series ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’.
If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo – she is the best-selling author of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – published in 2014. Her book, based on Japanese methods of tidying up – sold over 5 million copies worldwide since its release.
Her methods, which break down the house – or ‘stuff’ – into sections caused a stir when they were first released, with devotes creating Facebook groups with hundreds of thousands of members spruiking the benefits of the ‘KonMari Method’, as it is called.
Netflix have now released a series featuring Marie herself as she helps ordinary American families and couples declutter and tidy up their lives.
The transformations are incredible, with most families throwing out a large percentage of their things and only keeping what they really need.
But is tidying up really life changing?
Personally, I would argue yes. We decided that after Christmas, and once we were home from holidays we would start decluttering. I had decided this after watching another Netflix show about decluttering called Consumed (which you should also check out!).
Watching this show, and I realized something:
It’s not how much stuff you have, or how much money you spent on it, the issue is the time you have to spend looking after it – and that is the real cost of too much stuff.
After all, what is more precious than your time?
The KonMari method really focuses on only keeping the things that ‘Spark Joy’ in you – and doing a section to the house at a time.
This past weekend, at my place, we did the laundry, kitchen, lounge/dining area, garage, bathrooms and study. We got rid of 2 trailer loads of stuff. Just literally stuff, useless stuff that we hadn’t used in a long time. This weekend we are doing the bedrooms and upstairs areas (wish us luck 😊).
What is it that makes us hold onto our possessions even if they no longer serve us or even if they make us more stressed? And clutter does make us stressed:
“Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognised as a significant source of stress in our lives,”
Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter wrote in Psychology Today.
So what are Marie’s top tips for decluttering?
Split the house (or stuff) into sections:
First – Clothes
Second – Books
Third – Paper
Fourth – Komono, which means the common areas, basically, kitchen, bathroom, garage and miscellaneous items
Finally (Fifth) – Sentimental Items, with the theory being that once you have tackled all of the above, you will be on a roll and more able to release the sentimental items you have been hoarding for forever.
The beauty of the KonMari method is that you can do it in pieces, and you don’t have to do it all at once. The way you fold the clothes is also revolutionary and extremely satisfying. Plus – if you have less clothes, you have more time to fold them to Marie’s specifications.
‘Decluttering and organising our home not only puts our home in order but my mind as well. My favourite so far was our linen closet. It sounds bizarre but I’m so satisfied with it that I keep going back and looking at it! Minimalist living in my ultimate goal!’
Tracy Keys – Brisbane Mum
The fact is, we live in a time when we have access to more resources than ever before. We can buy things quickly, cheaply and easily.
For us, decluttering has made us feel lighter. My kitchen is better organized, and drawers are better set out, with everything easier to find. I even have THREE free drawers, totally empty. And the junk drawer, you know everyone has one… my junk drawer is non existent. Everything has a place.
Its easier to tidy up because there is less ‘stuff’.
This year is a minimalistic year for us. We know that more stuff doesn’t make us happy, so we are making a conscious effort not to bring more things in.
Want to focus on experiences over things – and Marie has certainly helped keep our motivation high AND given us some tips and tricks that we didn’t have before.
Worth watching if you want to declutter and get some great tips and tricks to help you along.