4 Ways to De-clutter -Marie Kondo Verses Kate
“Hmm, organization,” I thought, as I looked at his desk. “I wonder if I could get Larry, my husband, to read about organization?”
On second thought, probably not after twenty-two years of marriage and business, I knew better. So I read the book myself.
A key message in Marie’s book is to thoroughly clean, and then keep items which only spark joy within you. I have to admit I have an advantage here … I work with items of joy everyday: art, color, texture, pattern, and people.
I do give a 5-star testimonial to one of Marie’s tips:
Remove EVERYTHING – for example when cleaning a closet, empty it completely. Then, and only then, add back items you love.
At the shop, when we change displays, I use Marie’s advise of clearing a space. She suggests setting up a “staging” area while you’re cleaning. I highly recommend this. Often I set up a spare folding table to accommodate moving merchandise.
Once the area is cleared off, then I begin the re-decorating using some simple concepts. Here are 4 tips for decorating your home:
- Pick a color or colors you want to display together. On the temporary table I sort items by color FIRST, before starting to re-display. That way I know what colors I have to work with.
- Pick the object you want to feature. You can select this “focal point” for a number of reasons: because of its size, quality, expense or, perhaps, sentimental value. I start with the largest item because space in retail is a concern. You’ll be picking your most important piece. That love, love, love-it piece!
- Pick items that work with your “focal point.” These items can harmonize by color or a theme. A theme is like telling a story. Maybe it’s summer and beach season so add a seashell and shorebird. Or, perhaps, you’re trying to capture the feeling of nostalgia and grace. In that case you’d “feature” your old photographs with a lace tablecloth to create the theme.
Add – on. Do you still have pieces left that you cherish and don’t want to part with? After all, we can’t all be 100% Marie Kondo … just ask my husband. So if your collection of “must-haves” needs displaying, try some of these tricks to wedge in a bit more ‘joy,’ as Marie would say.
Turn it upside down.
Line it up. Symmetry will clean up the look and decrease clutter.