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
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.