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World Book Day

by Universal Interiors

World Book Day

As this month celebrates World Book Day, we thought it appropriate to highlight a current and trending author that can help kick start your Spring cleaning this year.

Marie Kondo is an Organising Consultant and author of two books which have sold by the millions and have been translated into multiple languages. Kondo was hailed as one of Time’s ‘100 Influential People’ in 2015. She now has a world-renowned Netflix reality series just released in early 2019, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in which homes are given makeovers through the KonMari Method’.

To help inspire you, we have collected some sage and often hard-hitting advice from her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising. For the first blog in March, we are looking at her methods on how to kick start your quest in decluttering and therefore getting the most out of your home and its furnishings:

‘From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why the task of putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are really important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.’

‘People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.’

‘Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.’

‘I recommend you dispose of anything that does not fall into one of three categories: currently in use, needed for a limited period of time, or must be kept indefinitely.’

‘The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, mementos’

‘Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.’

‘There are three approaches we can take toward our possessions: face them now, face them sometime, or avoid them until the day we die.’

‘The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.’

‘The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.’