Cleaning for better mental health

FCleaning has never been a struggle for me; clutter on the other hand has been a bane of my existence.  KonMari technique of tiding is the latest cleaning and tidying trend and it’s great.

Another approach to cleaning that I used as well was from a book called “A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind”.  One thing that I loved from that book is opening a window while you clean. This is something I used to do; I enjoyed the fresh air seeping through the window bringing in a sense of freshness.  Unfortunately, I forgot to record or photograph my progress for this post. My family we collect a lot of junk and clutter, who doesn’t theses day?

The six rules of tidying according to the KonMari technique:

Rule 01

Commit yourself to tidying up

Rule 02

Imagine your ideal lifestyle

Rule 03

Finish discarding first

Rule 04

Tidy by category, not by location

Rule 05

Follow the right order

Rule 06

Follow the right order

KonMari technique encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.

For example with your clothes you start with  putting all your clothes into a pile and ends with keeping what sparks joy and get rid of what doesn’t spark joy.   I watched a YouTube video that suggested that if something you own has a memory and that’s why you can’t throw it out, an old hoodie that you don’t wear but can’t throw away, take a photograph of it.

Both the “KonMari” and “A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind” helped me approach tidying up differently, which in turn helps to not only declutter my home but also my mental health.

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