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Tidying up during Circuit Breaker

This Circuit Breaker period, it is time to face up to the mess at home which you swore you would tackle one day but never got to. Having a clean and tidy place while working from home would help keep ourselves happy and more productive.

We have all heard about the seemingly magical Marie Kondo method, but how exactly do we go about it?

Follow these six basic rules to kick start your KonMari journey:

1. Commit to tidying up

Understand that this not a quick-and-easy way to declutter and clean up the house to impress visitors. (Well, we wouldn't be having any during this Circuit Breaker period anyway) The KonMari method is set to create a home that brings joy. Mentally prepare yourself for it to take time and effort.

2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle

Before you start tidying - take a few moments to visualise how you would want your house to look like and how you want to live in it. Scroll through home inspiration pages on Instagram, revisit saved Pins on your Pinterest board, flip through magazines, etc. Take your time with this step. Having a clear idea of your ideal home and lifestyle helps identify areas and things you want to tidy up.

3. Finish discarding first

Focus on deciding what items to discard. Stressing over where to put everything away neatly will only distract you from the decluttering process. Remember that any storage solutions now will not be permanent, you can come up with your storage plans after you have decided on the items to keep.

4. Tidy by category, not room

Instead of moving onto the living room after tidying the kitchen, tidy your house by category. For example, you can start by tidying all the clothes in the house. This allows you to confront the exact amount of things you own.

5. Follow the right order

It is important to follow this order when you are tidying by categories:

  1. Clothes

  2. Books

  3. Paper

  4. Komono (Miscellaneous items)

  5. Sentimental Items.

This order is designed to help you master the skill of distinguishing items to discard. The categories before serve as a form of practice until you are ready to tackle the trickiest category - Sentimental items.

6. Ask yourself if the item sparks joy

When deciding on whether to keep the item, hold it close to you and be honest with yourself: Does it spark joy? For items that do not spark joy, let them go with a feeling of gratitude - for having been a part of your home. Keep in mind that you are choosing what should remain in your home, which builds your happy place.


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