Have you been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo?
It's been providing Brits with decluttering inspiration, through the popular KonMari method. Now, based on Marie's advice, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, is providing her 4 tips on what you can do to spark some joy in what should be your most relaxing room - the bedroom.
1. Clutter by category
The KonMari method focuses on breaking clutter into 5 different categories - clothing, books, documents, miscellaneous and sentimental. By breaking your possessions down into these categories, it allows you to find out exactly what you do have.
Rebecca says: "Tackling clutter based on the KonMari method helps to maintain order and prevents having to purge again. This also helps on a psychological level, as it reminds us to think about what we need to buy instead of fixating on what we want."
2. Spark joy
An important part of Kondo's method is to practice gratitude. That's why her method involves picking every item up and seeing whether it sparks any joy. If it does, you should keep it, however, if it doesn't, you should chuck it out.
Rebecca advises: "So to know if something sparks joy, hold it in both hands and see how the body responds. You will feel a certain thrill if something sparks joy, and a sense of heaviness if it doesn’t. This is a chance to ‘thank’ an item for its service before moving on, and highlights how to tackle clutter in an organised and cheerful way."
3. Fold and stand
It may seem a tricky prospect to find a home for items that have made the cut - it therefore becomes important to keep everything in order, so it's easily identifiable. Kondo's method sees clothes folded in thirds, and then standing them up, as it requires less spaces. This means it works just as well in wardrobes as it does in smaller spaces, which include bedside tables and chest of drawers.
"This method may take some getting used to, but makes it simple to visually keep track of the clothes you have. On top of that, if you wanted to colour code your wardrobe, the uniform look and size of each item means that turning your wardrobe into an Instagram-friendly dream is easily achievable".
"The ‘fold and stand’ method is also perfect for beds with built-in storage - a part of the room that can be easily overlooked. Ottoman beds have ample room for essentials like bedding and towels, and attached drawers that will benefit from this KonMari trick. This can help to create a sense of peace whenever a drawer or cabinet is opened to reveal a tidy and organised space."
4. Utilising small boxes
Having a small box for clothing and other essentials will be a handy tip for the bedroom. Due to their compact sizes, they can easily fit into drawers and wardrobes, making them perfect for stray items that could otherwise go missing easily.
"A good thing to use here might be old gift or shoe boxes - they’re often a great size, and upcycling them is a wonderful way to make use of something that might otherwise be discarded. It also allows people to get creative, giving them a chance to DIY the boxes to match the decor or complement their aesthetic. This can be another way to spark joy - bringing together elements of decorating and tidying. And bonus: it’s also easier to clean and move things around while still keeping everything tidy."