I’ll be re­born if I cut the

Herald Sun - - OPINION -

IF there’s one thing the hous­ing cri­sis is good for, it’s turn­ing peo­ple into min­i­mal­ists. Where once my cup­board, chest of draw­ers, vac­uum stor­age bags pushed un­der the bed and plas­tic tubs stacked in the garage ran­neth over with cloth­ing items from an­other time and body size, I am now pos­i­tively at one with own­ing very lit­tle.

I want to say it’s thanks to Marie Kondo, the Ja­panese de­clut­ter­ing guru cur­rently tak­ing the world by storm thanks to her new Net­flix se­ries, her best-sell­ing guide book, The Life Chang­ing Magic of Tidy­ing Up and her de­clut­ter­ing tech­nique known as the KonMarie method.

But really, it just comes down to hav­ing moved homes 13 times over jeans you can no longer fit into and don’t re­mem­ber buy­ing in the first place, prob­a­bly not so much.

How you as­sess the joy of some­thing like, say, a spat­ula, I’m not quite sure.

For years, peo­ple have been fig­ur­ing out ways to sur­round them­selves with less junk.

Skin­care mogul Zoe FosterBlake says she keeps things man­aged by ad­her­ing to a one in one out pol­icy when it comes to adding new items to her wardrobe.

An­other de­clut­ter­ing guru rec­om­mends plac­ing all newly pur­chased items out of sight for a week. If, after seven days you are yearn­ing for the pur­chase, it stays. If it doesn’t, it gets re­turned.

In or­der to curb my own ter­ri­ble im­pulse shop­ping habit years ago,

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