As a stoic member of generation anxiety, I have spent more time in the past or in the hypothetical than I care to admit. Having some way to grasp and ground myself in who I am at this precise moment, even if that's someone who favours Glamour magazine over Argentine pulp fiction, is incredibly valuable and liberating.
Over 10 years as a Declutter Consultant and Personal Organiser I've worked hundreds of people in their homes. People in pain, people with too much stuff, people surrounded by chaos, living a state of overwhelm and paralysis. Their home stresses them out and they're seeking help (from me) to resolve it.
Doing it this way will mean that decluttering should become a habit for the rest of your life, because it's addictive to shape your life and home exactly as you want them to be, and you'll want to keep going!
I guess I might as well point out that early humans would no doubt have considered the possessions of even the most hardcore modern minimalists to be excessive.
It's easy to get sucked into reading about minimalism without ever taking the action. The value of this technique is that it can be begun anywhere, anytime. All you need to get started is paper, a pen, and an open mind.
Britain's nation of hoarders are being encouraged to sell, swap, upcycle, recycle or donate their unwanted items with the arrival of national Clear Your Clutter Day on Saturday, March 11th.
One of the things Marie Kondo is most famous for is her folding method, which you can view here. I'm sure you'll agree, a drawer filled with beautifully folded items where you can see and find things easily would bring joy and harmony to anyone, especially someone who spends half their time rummaging in the bottom of their cupboard looking for things
People often hold onto things out of feelings of guilt, they feel that if they throw out a gadget that they never even used, a dress they never wore or food that hasn't been opened it is a waste. But what if I told you that whilst clearing out the clutter, you could make a few quid and benefit other people too?
Our minds become cluttered, thoughts, ideas and memories whizzing around with no place to rest. If our environment mirrors this inner chaos, our senses pick up on it and the inner chaos is likely magnified.
It doesn't take days, week, years to get 'value for money' because really, such a thing never exists. When the money is gone, it's gone. So why torture yourself that you should be using something that you spent money on if you don't like using it.