There’s no better time to spring clean, in fact, it is recommended to spring clean every month or at least once every two months. Ever since the release of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, more people are practicing the KonMari Method- there are even Facebook community groups for enthusiasts to share their experiences and exchange tips. The KonMari Method simply encourages individuals to constantly declutter at all times to beat the hoarder habit in us, especially with things that no longer “spark joy”. If you are not usually the spring cleaning type of person, not to worry, you can always start off with simple tips.
1. Decluttering by Category
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Spring cleaning can be quite overwhelming especially when you are not sure where to start. I know that feeling, in fact just the thought of it can stress anybody out, unless of course you are an OCD and you get a kick out of spring cleaning. Otherwise, the best way to start decluttering is to do it by category. That means, you need to decide if you want to start off with decluttering the kitchen, the bedroom or the storage area.
2. Planning Your Spring Cleaning Day and Don’t Over Do It
In the first point, we talk about how you should start decluttering by category because it can be quite overwhelming especially if you don’t know where to start. It is also recommended that you do not do everything in one day, but plan your spring cleaning session instead. If you try to complete cleaning and decluttering in one day, chances are you might not be able to finish it because there’s no way we can finish cleaning and decluttering in 8 hours or more in a day. You will either be very frustrated with yourself or be left with a messy pile with a “do another time” excuse. You will do it another time, maybe in another few months time.
3. Bring Out the Unused and Unwanted
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One of the popular KonMari Methods is to bring out any unwanted or unused things. If you are spring cleaning your bedroom, then remove any piece of clothing that no longer “sparks joy” and lay it on the floor. If you are cleaning your kitchen, then do the same thing as well. Make sure you segregate your pile of things to “want”, “sell” and “throw”. This way, you will be able to see the amount of things you have and you will be surprised at what you can find. Probably a piece of clothing or that stack of plates that you have NEVER used before.
4. Selling Preloved
With your pile of clothes or things to sell, remember to go through it again in case there are some damaged goods or clothes that are too worn out to be sold. You can rely on reputable websites like Mudah.my, or download its app to snap and sell your preloved clothes, books, furniture, decorations, toys and collectibles, to name a few. For item listing, make sure you take a clear picture that shows the front, side and back of the item. You don’t have to be a professional at it, just make sure that your photos are taken under good lighting. When it comes to pricing your items, it should be priced based on the condition from brand new to used. For example, clothes that are brand new in excellent condition can be priced at RM100 and above, where else, clothing that has only been worn once or twice can fetch at least RM30 to RM80 at the most.
5. Storage Ideas
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It is good to have your items stored according to category and in compartments so that it is easy for you to find them and put them to use. For drawers, you can store your items, especially small things, in plastic containers recycled from take-out food containers. Otherwise, you can also reuse any unused decorations like bowls, boxes or baskets that might be lying around to store your things. If you don’t plan to throw any thing away, try your best to reuse it as much as possible.
6. Keep It Up
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Now that you have already done a good job with spring cleaning and decluttering, the next thing to do is to keep it up. By now, you probably have already gotten rid off 60% of your things after spring cleaning. To maintain a neat, clutter-free space, try to find time each day about 10 – 15 minutes to set aside for some chores. If you don’t have time for chores, the best thing to do is to make sure you constantly clear out unwanted things like paper or expired food from the fridge. That way, you don’t have to pile up your mess and stress about it the next time your spring cleaning session is due. Always keep a tidy space.
As you can see, spring cleaning not only helps a person detach from any superficial attachments, but helps you discard any unused and unwanted items. As the saying goes, out with the old, in with the new! This way, you can make way for new things to come along!