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Why "Tidying Up" won't necessarily work for you

Wow! I can't believe holidays are over already. With this start of the new year, one show on the Netflix that has particularly grab my attention and millions of others world over. I'm sure you know which one I'm referring to here, if not, check it out Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

With so much fuss and confusion going on about this de-cluttering method, I thought as a professional, I should write something to bring more clarity about the de-cluttering and organising process.

Did you know, a lot of people just come across some TV series, blogs, videos, podcasts, etc. and start getting rid of their stuff because they fear they don't want to end up being consumed in the clutter like those people they are viewing. Let's get it clear, one thing that works for someone won't necessarily work for you because everyone's situation is different and there are numerous methods available that may work better for you. I would rather put it this way, just like when you see your health-care professional, they will access your symptoms and give you the best recovery plan suitable for you, this is exactly something similar to that. Your clutter professional is well equipped to provide you suitable strategies or plan tailored to meet your requirements.

I would also like to highlight that our clutter situation depends on a lot of factors that needs to be considered, such as mental, emotional, financial, generational, cultural, social and so on. Our work and family situation also factors in a lot of the time. And so we can't expect a one size fits all solution for this problem.

From what I have gathered from working with my clients is, either you could go by the category of the stuff (like KonMari method does) or you could go by the space (room by room), but how do you decide? The first thing I normally analyse when choosing a method to work with my clients is whether they have a habit of gathering something particular, such as habit of collecting clothes or shoes, or toys for kids, or books or antiques, etc. OR do they have all sorts of different stuff lying everywhere without any designated place? Are they really going through some deeper issues OR are they simply disoriented when it comes to organising? I tend to find out the cause of their clutter and work out a strategy to help them break-free of clutter by providing simple and effective techniques that they can start implementing immediately. These de-cluttering techniques could very well be applied to form a healthy self-care habit so that one wouldn't end up in this situation again.

One also very obvious thing that comes out from my observation is, if someone is already overwhelmed and drowning in clutter, then the method of taking everything out at once wouldn't work. First, because he/she wouldn't really have a clue what is lying where, and second, he/she won't have proper tools to sort out the dump/ pile of things which may have brought him/her in this situation at the first place. So rather than overloading with more stress to an already overwhelmed person by spending time finding things to form another dump of things, I'd rather prefer to start small - selecting one drawer/ one box/ one shelf at a time - going room by room rather than go by the category of the stuff. And by saying that I have nothing against KonMari method, I am actually quite grateful to Marie Kondo for bringing much awareness on the importance of de-cluttering on our well-being. You may find out more about simple steps to de-clutter and save serious money and feel calm and joy with clearing clutter & organising.

If you are ready to break-free from clutter, book in your time with us today and walk away freer, lighter and happier with our De-cluttering & Organising services.

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