How to Marie Kondo your home in 2021: Wellness coach shares her ultimate guide – including how to declutter your wardrobe and storing away off-season items
- Sally Flower is Australia’s first KonMari consultant trained by Marie Kondo
- The wellness coach has shared her ultimate home organisation guide for 2021
- She revealed her tips for storing off-season clothes and decluttering wardrobe
A wellness coach who became the first Australian to train under global sensation Marie Kondo has shared her ultimate home organisation guide for 2021.
Sally Flower, from Melbourne, explained how the KonMari principles of tidying isn’t just about decluttering your house, it’s sparking joy through simplifying your life.
‘When organising our homes, it’s vital we are focusing on simplicity and not the perfection,’ the master KonMari consultant told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s very easy to get caught in the trap of everything looking Pinterest and Instagram-worthy but the real purpose of getting organised is to simplify your life and making sure you’re doing the things that you love and you haven’t got things holding you back.’
Master KonMari consultant Sally Flower (pictured) who became the first Australian to train under global sensation Marie Kondo has shared her ultimate home organisation guide for 2021
Before and after: To re-organise your wardrobe, Sally suggested taking everything out, decluttering items in categories and asking yourself ‘does this item spark joy?’
The five things you should declutter from your wardrobe
Anything that makes you feel guilty: Anything in your wardrobe that screams ‘you really should wear me more’, but doesn’t bring you joy – get rid of it
Items that don’t suit your lifestyle: It’s about reassessing how your clothes are making you feel and whether they add value to your life. It’s time to let go of anything that hasn’t grown with you
Ill-fitting anything (especially underwear): Change your wardrobe to suit your body. The reality is, clothes that are too small or too big probably don’t spark joy and shouldn’t be in your wardrobe
‘Must-have’ basics: There is no need to keep anything in your wardrobe because you’ve been told that it is a ‘must-have’ basic or a staple. Shift your thinking and only keep (and purchase) items that you love wearing
Anything that doesn’t feel like YOU: If every time you open your wardrobe it frustrates you, or you’re always complaining ‘I have nothing to wear’, something isn’t working, and it could be because nothing feels like ‘you’
Source: Home Sanctuary
When it comes to decluttering and re-organising your space, Sally revealed the simple rules to follow to get your house in order.
‘Reconsider everything you bring into the house – stop things before they go into your shopping basket,’ she said.
‘Listen to your gut – if something doesn’t feel good to wear, use or to look at, you probably don’t need it.
‘Decluttering goes beyond physical items – declutter activities and thoughts that do not spark joy.’
She explained how every item around your house should have a ‘home’, saying: ‘Always put items away, don’t just put them down.’
And to keep things neat and tidy, Sally recommends storing items vertically to help with organisation – and it makes everything easier to find when you need them.
To store away off-season clothing, the founder of Home Sanctuary suggested folding garments with ‘love’ and placing them neatly in a sealable container like a plastic storage tub.
‘Really big jackets can be tied together with a belt or in a cloth bag in the off season. Or all stored together in a zip hanging bag in the wardrobe,’ she explained.
To avoid hanging up clothes in the wardrobe that hardly gets worn all year round, she said you should always take notice of what you like wearing the most
To avoid hanging up clothes in the wardrobe that hardly gets worn all year round, she said you should always take notice of what you like wearing the most.
‘What do you automatically reach for? What sparks a twinkle of confidence? What feels most like you? Take time to sit down and journal how you envision your wardrobe working for you,’ she said.
‘Dedicate some time to finding your “why”, or your vision for your ideal wardrobe. This is less about individual pieces, and more about how you want your clothes to serve you.’
With Christmas done and dusted, Sally suggested storing the decorations, tree and other festive items that ‘sparks joy’ in a tub or container.
‘Tuck it away somewhere in the home which is not accessed readily – you don’t want to use your prime storage space for Christmas decorations,’ she said.
Sally added: ‘Be patient, it’s a process. Don’t follow trends – joy must come from how you feel, how you connect with your home and what adds value to your life’
To store away large summer items such as beach accessories, picnic baskets and rugs once the season ends, Sally suggested storing them in a sealed tub as well.
‘Tuck it away somewhere that is an easy to get to but we’re not going to forget it. If you are the kind of person who forgets where things are, maybe write yourself a note, list or add reminder in your diary (I use Collins Serendipity diary),’ she said.
‘So next summer you can come back and use all the items you don’t lose them in your home.’
For those struggling to get rid of junk, Sally suggested writing down why you’re finding it hard to ‘let go’ of these ‘unnecessary’ items.
‘Often when we are holding onto things it’s a lot more of a mental battle than a physical battle and by journaling you can more easily get through the mental chaos,’ she said.
Sally added: ‘Be patient, it’s a process. Don’t follow trends – joy must come from how you feel, how you connect with your home and what adds value to your life. Making a home sanctuary is a feeling thing, not a thinking thing.’