Art of Tidying
What is it with cleaning and tidying up that most of us dislike very much- have you ever wondered? Well, we have been looking deeply into our own and our customers’ habits and then doing some further research on the topic. Not surprisingly, when you think about it, is that the trouble lies in the task usually being undefined and therefore hard to accomplish.
Should you approach to your cleaning/tidying armed with some basic project management skills? The answer is of course you do. Most of us apply these skills anyway (sub-consciously) and never notice it, and get things done up to a point. But what would happen if you would actually approach cleaning or tidying up systematically? You would be on a path of getting it done efficiently and completely. Once mastered, the ordeal becomes a breeze and enjoyable experience. If you have time for it, that is.
Famous Japanese organising guru Marie Kondo talks about this in her book Spark Joy and it has reached us via Good Reads in far away Surrey, United Kingdom. Thank you, Marie! This is a great resource for anyone wanting to get their house in a joyful state.
Here are some rules from Marie’s book
Rules of tidying
1) Commit yourself to tidying up
Plan accordingly. Set yourself an exact deadline and time frame for doing specific things. For example, you will put a sticky note on the fridge and a google calendar date to remind you for Saturday from 2-4:00 pm to tidy up clothes.
2) Imagine your ideal lifestyle
Visualisation is important. But it doesn’t work if you visualise a tidy and clean home and then go eat a sandwich or watch Netflix.
3) Finish discarding first
Do the hard work first. Mentally and physically it is discarding items that you don’t want/need anymore. You can’t store everything without getting rid of anything. You will free up space (in the closet and your mind) and then you will be able to plan where to place what.
4) Tidy by category (not location)
This one is simple to follow, right? Don’t start in the master bedroom and stay there for the eternity of hours. What will happen is you will push things around (that are not from the same type of a thing) and move them multiple times which is multiple work! Instead, gather for example all the books in one place and then you will be able to determine the scope of work. Start dusting them and then you will know how long it will take you to do a bookshelf or 5 or entire collection.
5) Follow the right order
This is intended to leave the attention gulping categories at the end. Have you ever came across old photos when tidying up and then spent 20 minutes going through the memories? Well, we have, many times over. Don’t do it, Marie suggests to focus in this order:
Clothes > Books> Papers > Accessories > Sentimental Items
6) Ask yourself if it sparks joy
This one we love! It should be a constant feedback loop between the item and yourself, always be asking yourself if it brings you joy or not. If not- discard it. The “it might be used for later” is usually a taboo topic. Get real with yourself, if you haven’t used it in the past year, why might you need it in this? If you can answer that question genuinely, good- keep it.
Well, that’s quite a lot to keep you busy. Please do let us know how did it work for you in comments or email. And do remember that if you are in Surrey and you are having a day of tidying up/organising things, you can always give us a call to help out with house cleaning. Our professional house cleaners are only a call or a few clicks away.