Change your life one perfectly folded t-shirt at a time

Life: it’s a beautiful, messy, wonderful chaotic blur, all at the same time. And sometimes, we get so busy we let things (like housekeeping) slide. In a small Hong Kong apartment, clutter can build up fast. But pre-Chinese New Year is the perfect time to get back on track. After all, a new year means a new start!

Cleaning doesn’t have to be a horrible task, not if you do it the Marie Kondo way. The Japanese organising consultant and best-selling author became an international sensation with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising (2011). Her KonMari method helps you keep what you love and say goodbye to what you don’t—streamlining and decluttering your space so you can live a richer, fuller life.

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Read on for the best tidying tips, straight from Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series. Just remember to sort your flat before or after the holiday, you don’t want to sweep your good luck out the door!

Set out Some Time
Clutter doesn’t happen overnight, and it won’t disappear overnight either. If you really want to organise your apartment (the right way) it’s going to take time. Look at your schedule and set aside a few weekends and evenings that you can dedicate solely to your apartment.

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Plan it Out
The KonMari method tackles different areas of your apartment separately, so you don’t get overwhelmed. Start with your clothing, then move on to books, papers (your receipts, mail, invoices—all that boring stuff that you shove in a drawer), Kimono (kitchen, bathroom, garage and miscellanea) and finally, sentimental items. This order ensures that you’re an expert declutterer by the time you get to irreplaceable things, like photos and letters.

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Give Thanks
The KonMari method isn’t about throwing things away, it’s about saving and honouring the things you love. Before you even look at your closet, take a moment to simply sit in your home. Close your eyes, feel the energy of your apartment and thank it for keeping you safe. Now you’re ready to start.

The Method
Find an area of floor space where you can lay your things out. In a small Hong Kong apartment, you may need to move the sofa, but it’ll be worth it! Next, make a big pile in the centre of the room. This means all of your clothes, or all of your books—whatever you’re decluttering at the moment. Take each piece in your hand, and ask yourself, “does this spark joy?” If it does – if you love it, and you’re going to use it or wear it, keep it! If it doesn’t, thank the piece, and carefully put it in a pile for donation.

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Organisation is Key
Now that you’ve isolated your beloved items, it’s time to organise them. Always arrange items in such a way that you can see them all at a glance. For example, instead of piling folded shirts on top of each other, stack them up like CDs. When your organising drawers, use little boxes to help you compartmentalise (check Pottinger Street for some cute ones!). Keep similarly sized items together in the kitchen and bathroom, this looks more organised and will help you find items in a pinch. And finally, designate a space for everything in your home. That way, you always know exactly where it goes, instead of fighting to find a place for it. 

Are you ready to spread joy through organising this Chinese New Year? Then watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, or read her award-winning book for more inspiration. Make sure to tag your photos with #LKF so we can get inspired!

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