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Tidiness Nirvana

by: Angela Sabatasso

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Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up wants you to examine everything in your house and ask a simple question: “Does it spark joy?” If it doesn’t, chuck it.

Decluttering your home will also naturally declutter your mind.

These philosophies are in line with the art of Feng Shui and can help you improve your house and make it more livable. They even help you reach some of your sustainability goals.

1. Decluttering. If you’re selling your house: These strategies will allow you to achieve your’ quest for a decluttered house. Any decluttering you do today will make the selling process easier later. Prospective buyers can more easily imagine themselves living in home that appears to be staged. Also, less items create the illusion of more storage in the home.

2. Natural resources. The admonishment of only having things that spark joy should help to curb your shopping habits too. Of course, the less you buy the better it is for the environment. Remember that the production of new stuff requires not just raw materials for production, but also fuel to distribute those goods.

3. Clothes. Do you need 12 pairs of jeans, 30 t-shirts and 40 pairs of underwear? Probably not. When you do buy new clothes, steer clear of cheap, throwaway items, also known as fast fashion. Producing fabric has a huge human and environmental impact.
Learn more about fashion’s environmental impact:
www.environmentalleader.com
www.NRDC.org
4. Book hoarding. Whose bookshelves aren’t overburdened? The solution is a cinch. Get a library card or a Kindle and donate your unwanted reads. As for the guilt associated with tossing books, Kondo’s view is, “We read books because we seek the experience of reading. Once read, a book has already been ‘experienced.’”

5. Upsizing. Are you complaining about a lack of storage? Are you thinking about buying a bigger house? Don’t. Kondo, who believes we have far more than we need, has a thought. “Once you learn to choose your belongings properly, you will be left only with the amount that fits perfectly in the space you currently own,” she writes.
Also keep in mind that upsizing chews up more natural resources and brings bigger expenses – taxes, the mortgage payment, maintenance, and utility bills. So maybe it’s worth purging more stuff and embracing Kondo’s view of storage “solutions” as prisons and ways to “bury possessions that spark no joy.”

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