Tidy up your life

Stor­age and or­der may not be sexy – but it is es­sen­tial. GABRIELLE FA­GAn asks the ex­perts how to de-clut­ter you home

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home -

There’s a way to rev­o­lu­tionise our spa­ces, and our lives, ac­cord­ing to Marie Kondo, a self-styled ex­pert in de-clut­ter­ing.

Part of her suc­cess lies in tack­ling our emo­tional at­tach­ment to be­long­ings. Many of us cling to items even when they’re well past their sell-by-date, purely be­cause we at­tach them to mem­o­ries and feel­ings.

“If things are gifts which you re­ally no longer want or don’t suit your taste, don’t feel guilty for giv­ing or throw­ing them away,” says Marie.

“Presents are only a means of con­vey­ing some­one’s feel­ings and the per­son who gave it wouldn’t want you to use it out of obli­ga­tion or for you to feel guilty ev­ery time you see it.”

If that feels emo­tion­ally chal­leng­ing, you could get savvy with stor­age in­stead, a path rec­om­mended by in­te­ri­ors ex­pert Re­becca Win­ward who has tips for stream­lin­ing pos­ses­sions and in­spir­ing ideas for kit­ting out rooms.

So, stand by your clut­ter and choose your method – KonMarie, as Kondo dubs her ap­proach, or Win­ward’s Ev­ery­thing In Its Place – you have noth­ing to lose but a mess!

Ev­ery­thing in its Place: Stor­age for Stylish Homes by Re­becca Win­ward, pub­lished by Ry­land Peters & Small, £19.99. The Life Chang­ing Magic of Tidy­ing by Marie Kondo, pub­lished by Ver­mil­ion, £12.99.

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