As 2019 begins and we consider our lives with new eyes and resolutions, most of us will consider revisiting the yearly tradition of Spring cleaning. With Christmas passed, we will usually find ourselves with more stuff in our lives than we know how to deal with, something that author Marie Kondo is tackling head on in her Netflix program, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She believes she has a pretty foolproof plan to deal with mess and clutter and, having watched her stuff, I'm inclined to agree. She deals with things in five steps:
She suggests being very mindful about your choices as you go through them, once you have laid everything of the section you're working on in front of you. As you consider items to get rid of, she says consider if it brings you joy. If it doesn't, thank it for all the joy it once brought you and place it in the pile to discard. She believes that all items should have their own space themselves and that storage is unerringly useful for this. The key is to use storage that brings you joy to use as well, so you are willing to put the things you love in there.
With this in mind, here at Seashore No 4, we have curated a lovely collection of varied storage that we hope will bring you joy. Marie says it's important to be mindful of the places that we are going to use the storage, not simply to match aesthetics but to understand what we want to place in it and how. This idea why we have storage benches, hooks and cabinets, among other things, for you to choose from so that you can have the perfect piece of storage that actually suits your needs to bring you joy.
It is very important to use the storage as effectively as possible, to which she also explains in great detail in the following YouTube video. It's all about folding things in ways relevant to how you store and how often you'll be using the items you've put away, sprinkled with tips on how to use the storage to your advantage in other ways.
If you do take up Spring Cleaning (willingly or not!), hopefully these tips have either made it easier for you or given you somewhere to start your research to make it simpler. "