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Known to millions around the world thanks to her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo has a simple philosophy when it comes to transforming your home: focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of.
We’re delighted to be able to share these excerpts from her latest book, Spark Joy, which provides an in-depth, illustrated, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising. And once you’ve decided what you want to keep, we’ve got a host of neat and stylish ways to store all the possessions that bring joy to your home.
Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order.
The living room’s role is to provide a space for the family to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Always keep in mind that it’s the centre of family life. The ideal living room will feature furniture that sparks joy. I recommend having a fixed place for the remote control, magazines and so on. Consider adding plants, music you love and a special corner for family photos.
Cleanliness is crucial. Moisture and oil are the enemy. That’s why ease of cleaning gets top priority. Don’t keep anything on the counter near the stove or sink. Keep pots and pans to a minimum, store all cooking utensils in one spot, and take advantage of vertical storage solutions for foodstuffs. Decorate your kitchen, too. Your kitchen should make cooking fun.
You can clear your mind simply by discarding all unnecessary papers. Keep the desk area relatively clear. Arrange books and materials according to your own rules. Consider adding a small ornamental plant. Don’t make your office solely practical. It’s important to add a playful touch precisely because it’s a workspace.
Make your bedroom a space to recharge your batteries and refresh yourself for another day. Keep lighting soft and indirect, play relaxing music, and feature items and scents that spark joy. Wash sheets and pillowcases frequently.
Why not enjoy your bathroom's delights? Bathe by candlelight and add bath salts, flowers, whatever you feel like. Keep the tub and counters well scrubbed. Take out only what you need and put it away when finished. The toilet is your home's 'detox area'. It's important to keep the energy flowing through, so keep it uncluttered. Any decorations should spark joy and be arranged with flow in mind. Cleanliness is crucial. The ideal water closet will have a fresh, natural aroma. Keep supplies like toilet paper out of sight in a basket or covered by a cloth.
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