A large part of Japanese philosophy revolves around simplicity and minimalism, which translates into the word shibui. This is something that we at Beauty by Sunrise strive to follow in both aesthetic and products, where a little goes a long way and complex doesn't always mean better.
Now that the spring season is in full swing, we're shedding our winter layers and finding lots of clutter that's accumulated over the winter in our homes and office space. We're going to apply the idea of shibui to help us along the way with our spring cleaning, as well as the KonMari methods of organization that's garnered popularity in recent years. I've listened to an audiobook of Marie Kondo's The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up, to try for myself the effective KonMari methods that's been all the rage. From handy clothes folding techniques to snippets of minimalist philosophies, here are the top tips that I found most profound and useful, that might help you this spring cleaning season:
1. A clear physical space = A clear headspace. You've probably heard this before but your clutter isn't just physical, it's mental as well. If your space is cluttered, your mind is also likelier to be in disorder.
2. Keep the items that "spark joy" or bring you actual meaningful emotion (my favorite tip). Hold and inspect the item at hand, and truly think about whether it elicits worthwhile joy or meaning. If it doesn't, it most likely won't be anymore meaningful later on down the line, so you can toss those items. This adds a layer of respect that you have for the items you keep.
3. Tidy by category, not by room. It makes sense to go by room: clean the bathroom at once, and then the bedroom, the kitchen, etc. If you're going to organize your books, do all the books at once. Clothes? All at once. That way you can truly see all your belongings within that category at once, and organize even further by subcategories, such the time in which photos were taken or by the article of clothing for clothes, etc. I found that tidying by room was not as effective because it's harder to visualize the sheer volume of items I possess all together.
4. Create a "home" for everything you own. This might be useful for people with children, who can teach kids to place an item back where they found it because that is its designated spot within the home. Knowing where everything is placed gives you a sense of control and structure. Another related tip is to create compartments or boxes that will contain your items by category (again). For example, miscellaneous items with other miscellaneous items, instead of having these items sprawled throughout the house.
5. Tidy all at once. Make tidying and cleaning your home a commitment. This sounds like a daunting task and it's definitely a whole day's effort. But the payoff is greater, and you'll feel lighter and so much more coordinated. If you take on spring cleaning at once, you won't wane in your efforts to complete the task like many of us do over the week's span of cleaning.