Believe what your heart tells you when you ask, ‘Does this spark joy?’ If you act on that intuition, you will be amazed at how things will begin to connect in your life and the dramatic changes that follow. – Marie Kondo

An equinox is a moment in time when the sun stands directly above the equator. In this moment, day and night are approximately equal length. The Spring Equinox signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring, marking the moment when the mornings start to get lighter earlier on and daylight starts to stick around for longer in the evenings.

Today marks Spring Equinox 2019, which means that yes, it’s officially spring. You can now breathe a sigh of relief as the dark winter comes to an end and cherry blossom trees start to bloom.

This is usually a good time to partake in a spring clean – you know – out with the old and in with the new, and all that. Spring represents new, hopeful beginnings.

It feels amazing to declutter. If you have heard of Marie Kondo (which you will have done unless you’ve been living in a hole), author of ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, and host of the Netflix series, ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’, then you will know that decluttering your space really can be life-changing. Keep reading to find out how you can use this spring equinox to declutter for a calmer, invigorated and energised you.

Clearing Through the Chaos and Clutter

Many of us have clutter in our homes. The problem with clutter is that it just slowly builds. You decide to keep one thing, and hold on to another, and before you know it all your drawers, surfaces, cupboards, wardrobes and everywhere else is full of clutter! And then life can be so busy and we get tired, so this clutter sort of just sits there.

Without realising it, we go about our day, and this clutter sub-consciously brings us down. Making us feel heavy. Clutter hangs over us like a cloud of irritation or that annoying, niggling feeling that something isn’t as good as it could be.

There is a theory that clutter means clinging on to the past or fearing the future, and when we start to get rid of all this ‘stuff’, we feel instantly lighter. Many people are now promoting and striving towards a minimalist lifestyle. What does this mean exactly? It means less time getting frustrated when looking for things, less time cleaning, less desire to buy unnecessary things, and less emotional attachment to things. As well as drastically changing your home, it can change your life too.

Decluttering can be a process that is as liberating as it is fun. Here are some tips as advised by Marie Kondo to help you with the process, and what a better time to start than Spring Equinox?

1. Kondo’s method is all about getting rid of stuff.

You may believe that her book is all about ‘tidying’ up everything you own so that it’s neat, but Kondo promotes that the more you get rid of, the easier it is to tidy up! Her method revolves around letting go of items that no longer serve you or your space. The method is about discarding first, and organising after.

2. ‘Does this spark joy?’

For decluttering clothing, Kondo says you should put your clothes in one big pile, and hold each item of clothing, asking this vital question. If it doesn’t spark joy, you’re most likely not going to wear it. It will sit in your wardrobe for the next few years, next to all the other clothes you’re not too joyful about, making it harder to sift through it all to find an outfit each day. Only keep the clothes that spark joy every time you wear them, and you will feel joy every day!

3. Declutter all at once.

Kondo stresses tidying up all at once instead of in small steps. Her theory is that if we do only a little at a time, tidying is something we will be doing as a chore every day, where as if we do it all at once, we are more likely to never go back to cluttering up our space.

4. Cultivate the right mind-set.

Not only does Kondo’s method show you how to physically declutter your space, it also gives you tips on how to cultivate the right mind-set to maintain your tidy space, so that you’re not forever tidying up when you could be doing other things with your life! So, her process teaches you how to change your mind-set for lasting change.

5. Throw out any papers.

Kondo believes that since most paperwork is available digitally, keeping papers creates unnecessary clutter that sits there for years. Keep important papers in a digital file and say hello to the extra space and the clutter-free drawers where you shoved all your papers in before.

Are you going to have a huge spring clean and declutter? Have you heard of or even practised the KonMari Method? We would love to know your experiences!

Written by Jess Burman

Wellbeing Writer

(BA) Honours Writing