Set yourself up for SUCCESS, declutter your space! 5 tips for organizing your space this Spring.

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Hey, Janes! Spring is here and it’s time for our annual spring-cleaning to begin! It’s out with the old and in the new. Time to clean out your closet and get rid of clothes you haven’t worn all year, shoes that are worn out, and all the junk that has collected in the corner.

Now, I have to admit cleaning is not my favorite thing to do, in fact this is actually a new thing for me as well. So, if you are like me, a little lazy sometimes and just have an overwhelming amount of ‘stuff’ to organize and go through then you will understand when I tell my story.

One’s bedroom is supposed to be where you lay your head to rest and relax after a long day of work or activities. Well, my room was the opposite and it was a complete mess! It looked like the Tasmanian devil had ran through it a couple of times. I had three huge storage bins of clothes I hadn’t seen in years nor did I know I had them. I had a wooden toy chest filled with stuffed animals and toys I hadn’t play with since I was 10. My closest was filled with old clothes, baby clothes and half of the items were my mom’s old pants from years ago that she was going to be able to fit again (you know moms always save their clothes as if one day they will be able to fit them again…maybe with a magic wand lol). I had so many clothes from middle school, high school and from college. My clothes were everywhere!

Everyday I would come home from the stress of my day into a room that stressed me out even more. I didn’t feel relaxed, it gave me completely bad vibes and wasn’t allowing me to channel or claim the energy I so desperately wanted. I want to feel relaxed when I come home, after so many complaints my friend told me about a show on Netflix called “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. I decided to watch a few episodes and I was immediately inspired to change my energy and clean every inch of my room. It took a couple of weeks because of my work schedule at the time, but after following Marie Kondo tips, I now have a nice relaxing space to come home to.

Marie Kondo is a tidying expert and started her career in Japan. She soon became a huge hit in the U.S. about 5 months ago when Netflix debuted her show ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

Here are 5 tips from Marie:

1. Take everything out of your closet and drawers and put them on your bed.

2. Ask yourself, “does this item bring me joy?” – If yes, keep it!

3. If the item no longer brings you joy, thank it for serving you and then get rid of it.

4. Repeat this process until you have gone through all your clothing items.

5. Hang all the clothes that you want in your closet

Feel accomplished? Ready to put your clothes back in the drawer?

Make sure you check this video out, before you put your clothes back!

This method does not just work for a bedroom space, but for every part inside of your house. Organize your space and different places of your house with necessity in mind.

Okay Janes, what did you think? Do you have areas in your life or house that can use some cleaning?

It’s okay to admit it. Not all of us are clean freaks or as organized as we want to be, but it’s always nice to get a new perspective on the way something can be done. You might be thinking you don’t have the adequate amount of time to always stay organized because you’re always on the run, which I totally understand. However, after watching Marie’s easy to follow method, I now have created a better space for myself.

Marie reminds me of the joy and importance of a clean space. A clean space brings peace and helps us to be mindful of our surroundings because cleanliness goes a little deeper than just “cleaning a house”. A clean space gives you clarity in other areas in your life because it is one less thing you have to do when you get home. When you keep up with your routine of cleaning and keeping things organized, you are able to relax and spend your energy on other areas of your life.

Remember, honor your space so you can honor yourself, always show gratitude for the things that have served you in the past, and continue to find joy in everything you do.

Ebonè Chatman