DECLUTTER TO BAN­ISH ANX­I­ETY

Vancouver Sun - - WEST­COAST HOMES - Melissa Hank

How can you even think about spark­ing joy when so much about life right now sparks fear or melan­choly? Nat­u­rally, or­ga­niz­ing ex­pert Marie Kondo rec­om­mends de­clut­ter­ing, which she says can help you calm down and gain per­spec­tive on what your needs are if you’re at home prac­tis­ing self-iso­la­tion. For in­stance, get­ting rid of ex­pired goods and then neatly ar­rang­ing what’s left should keep you from ran­sack­ing the gro­cery store.

“Calmly as­sess­ing, that is vi­tal,” Kondo tells Quartz. “It’s not know­ing that cre­ates even more spi­rals of anx­i­ety and fear.” And as for over­buy­ing sta­ples like bath­room tis­sue? Kondo ad­vises con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers. “How much toi­let pa­per do you rea­son­ably need?” she asks. “Stock­ing our pantry with too much cre­ates this prob­lem of not hav­ing enough for ev­ery­one. I think it’s very im­por­tant to ask these ques­tions.”

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