KonMari Method with nextstore

You’ve probably wondered how that mess in your house has gotten so bad. Relax, take a deep breath, and get away from a screaming spouse. We humans have a history of collecting items and not getting rid of them after their usage. Look, I hate getting rid of things too, so much so that I even invented a website so I could displace some of my items. Many possessions eventually become useful to us again: clothes come back in style, that ugly chair can be used by your children in their first apartment, and that fishing gear is great for your once yearly foray into sports. I thought I’d create a guide on how to deal with this major dilemma, for when to keep and when to drop, when to swipe left or swipe right on that ratty chair.

Start with the junk drawer

Grab a box and start with that one drawer, you know the one where everything accumulates. If you can clean up this space you can accomplish any task. It’s small enough to pick through in 10–15 minutes and will alleviate the majority of your stress for that day. I recently did this and after 15 minutes I had thrown away several half-used tubes of glue, a broken can opener, and a whole host of frayed original iPhone cables (that can’t even be used for my current phone). At the end of it, I realized that some of the items definitely needed to be kept, so I put the box safely in my basement which is out of the way and kept neat for storage. This is a major key: storage for massive amounts of items can be orderly and look nice when it is out of the way of living space. I am a nextstore host and my spaces for storing other people’s items flows naturally with the way my home is arranged and neatly kept from interfering. After storing what you need to keep, toss everything out and admire your work. A neat junk drawer is a thing of beauty.

Reminisce but move on

One of the largest issues we face in storing items or tossing them is the memories we associate with some items. Those items that truly hold a special place in your heart should always be kept and stored if they must. But a major aspect of this process should be realizing which items you are attached to and which items you can cut out. While I am always guilty of holding onto the first items I bought as an adult, they are extremely unnecessary. That starter home furniture that you bought because it was cheap needs to go. Yes, I know, it was the first furniture and you were proud of yourself for buying it, but it’s outdated and gross, it needs to go or be stored.

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Imagine having a killer watch party in a clutter-free family room

Change your habits!

It’s imperative that we alter our consumption patterns! We can repurpose things, resurface things, and alter our homes so we don’t have so much built up stuff! Think about whether or not you need to add another shirt to your wardrobe or buy that item just because it’s on sale. Here’s a little guide I use to decide whether or not an item is worth it.

  1. Is it worth the price?- If an item is expensive, it often gives me a lot more consideration of whether or not It’ll occupy a special place in my home.
  2. Will I use it often?- If the answer is no, stop here and don’t purchase it.
  3. Do I have the space in my home?- If you’re looking at a massive patio set for your tiny deck, just avoid purchasing it, it’ll never work out.
  4. Is this a needed item?- Does it replace something or is it just another redundant purchase.


Marie Kondo Method

There’s also the Marie Kondo Method of dealing with the accumulation of stuff. I broke it down a little bit below starting with the big rules.

  1. Commit to it- you have to do this wholeheartedly
  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle- this is your vision board, my over-encumbered friend
  3. Finish discarding first and thank the items for having fulfilled their duty
  4. Stick to categories, not locations- everything that’s alike is outta sight
  5. Follow the order- are you getting a sense of the neat flow of this yet?
  6. Ask yourself if the item sparks joy- if you feel detached, let it go like that boy you broke up with in the 6th grade. I’m sure she misses you Lawrence.

Next Comes the categories, each of these must be dealt with separately.

  1. Clothes, not sure if this one is easy or hard, but I know the amount of plaid in my closet is borderline unhealthy.
  2. Books, this one I’m not the biggest fan of but if Marie Kondo says throw out the books then let us Fahrenheit 451 this cleaning session.
  3. Papers, Marie Kondo believes no paper sparks joy. We at nextstore have to wholeheartedly agree. We try to do everything paperless, but cleaning up my old desk at home definitely felt good.
  4. Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items), this one can be a struggle. This is all the other stuff that you’ve been keeping around the house for no reason. From facial care products from your younger self to that fake diamond ring you bought to wear to your 10th reunion, it’s all gotta go.
  5. Sentimental Items, I’m really into my feelings right now. Yes, the big stuff has to go at some point. Junk of the heart is still junk and you need to get rid of that stuff from Lawrence.

Remember to take deep breaths! Start easy and don’t stop halfway, you can make it through this process. The end result will be an amazing looking home that you’ll love to show off. Best of luck decluttering and remember to use nextstore when your items need a temporary place to stay.