Somehow, my tidying, decluttering and organising attempts always seem to end up in play. My laundry monster Lars made sure my laundry wasn’t cluttering up my space. I also found some other monsters in my closet. And I love the time I got help from my tiny tidying friend.
June was quite intense because of Project House. So imagine my excitement when I found out I had magic fingers. My wish had been granted! Quickly, I tried to get as much use out of them as I could. Decluttering your home with magic fingers is a lot easier, and saves you loads of time and effort.
While on my magic decluttering quest of discarding 1000 of my possessions, I couldn’t help but think of the classic scene from the movie ‘Mary Poppins’, in which she tidies the nursery while singing ‘a spoonful of sugar’. In her words:
“In every job there must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and *snap* the job’s a game.”
I suddenly realised that her words were quite literally what I’ve been doing. The number of discarded possessions became a counter, slowly making their way to the final high-score. And with fingers that magically snap your clutter away, tidying is a lot more fun.
I know decluttering and organising your home may seem like a daunting task. But it is a process, and each item is just one point towards your goal. When you find an element of fun in the jobs that must be done, the process becomes more enjoyable indeed.
If you don’t have magic fingers or helpful imaginary friends, you can also check out the tidying tips from Marie Kondo’s ‘life-changing magic of tidying up’ I illustrated.
I’ll post a video to show you the progress we made in the past month very soon, hopefully tomorrow. But my magic wore out from using it so intensively for decluttering purposes. So it looks like I’ll still have to do some hours of video editing the hard way ;)
July 5, 2018 at 20:00
Hey Marielle, perfect timing!! For a week or two now already I was feeling very demotivated and as soon as I came back home or even just the feeling of going back to my room felt unsettling. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of things and refuse to let go as I make an emotional connection very easily to almost everything I own. another reason is as u also mentioned saving some stuff for a project that I have in mind and will do some time probably in the future. Now, its becoming beyond a mess and cluttering my thoughts. And just when I was so confused as to where to start, your email came by two days ago. And I thought wow, someone actually heard me!! I was really happy. Today I read a couple of things on your blog on how I could go about it. I think I am going to try. I know its gonna be hard. But its time I cleaned up this shit. You inspire me!! Thank you :) loads of love <3
July 6, 2018 at 10:19
Hey Deepthi! Thanks for sharing. I know my content can be a bit all over the place, depending on what I’m working on at the moment, so I’m happy this post resonated with you. I also get very sentimental about stuff because of the memories. Especially when living all over the world, like you are doing now, an object can be the only physical thing left of a place sort of. But I have been getting better at letting go. It’s key to know that you will always have those memories, you don’t need to keep every single object as proof of it. I’ll send you a few links to stuff (also in Eindhoven) that I think you might like! :D Good luck!