the konmari technique
Developed by Mari Kondo, the KonMari method gives us a basis for removing from your life that which no longer serves you. Briefly, her technique is:
Tidy all at once. Tidying a bit at a time never works.
Visualize your destination. Before you throw things away, visualize your ideal lifestyle. Goals such as, “I want to live clutter free” or “I want to be able to put things away,” are too broad. You must think in concrete terms, such as: “I want to live like a Goddess, surrounded by peace and beauty.”
Identify why you want to live the way you envision. For every answer ask yourself “why?” again. For example, if you want to live clutter free so you get a better night’s sleep, ask yourself, “Why do I want to sleep better?”
Determine if each item “sparks joy.” Rather than focusing solely on throwing things away, be sure to cherish what you love.
Tidy by category, not location. In most households, items that fall into the same category are stored in multiple places.
Tidy in the right order. We always start with your clothes.
Discard before you place things back. You must discard first. Don’t put anything away until everything you are going to discard is removed.