With the colder weather and snow falling outside (even in Victoria!) you are likely spending more time indoors these days. If you’re looking for things to do, a fun project can be to organize your living and work spaces by getting rid of things you no longer use or need. De-cluttering and organizing has the potential to make a space feel fresh, inspired and different without needing to buy anything new.

Tidying Tips From An Expert

You’ve likely heard of tidying expert Marie Kondo who is also a bestselling author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and the star of Netflix’s hit show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and founder of KonMari Media, Inc. Marie’s website describes The KonMari Method™ which encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, then miscellaneous items and lastly, sentimental items. Marie advocates for the following six easy and basic rules of tidying up.

The Six Basic Rules of Tidying Up

RULE 01

Commit yourself to tidying up.

RULE 02

Imagine your ideal lifestyle.

RULE 03

Finish discarding first.

RULE 04

Tidy by category, not by location.

RULE 05

Follow the right order.

RULE 06

Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

The Philosophy of Tidying

That last rule is maybe the most important as Marie’s philosophy is to “Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.” This is a simple and easy to implement philosophy that has spoken to many people around the world not only because of its effectiveness, but also because it speaks to the importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking when organizing your home and work spaces.

To learn more tips and tricks on tidying up, check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Happy Tidying!