Less Is The Quest: Decluttering 101


By: Michele Bellisari Special to the Delray and Boca newspapers

Spring will be sprung here shortly and it is a great time to consider doing a little declutter action in your home and life…but where to begin?

In the last few months a fabulous woman by the name of Marie Kondo has shown up on my radar. I cannot believe I have never heard of her or the KonMari method until recently. I mean I am a declutterer by nature in my own life, home and real estate business so when Marie Kondo started popping up on my Twitter feed I had to see what all the buzz was about.

“Does it spark joy?”

This is the question that Marie Kondo, decluttering sensation and author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, poses to her followers. She is the founder of KonMari Media, Inc. and has a show on Netflix called “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”. Want a new binge to watch and learn from now you have one. You will be enhanced, charmed and pulled into her philosophy of organization and decluttering for a happier and more simplified life.

Getting started

Less is more. Period. A few years ago when we had to store household items in a portable storage unit we ended up giving away, selling or throwing out over 60 percent of it. Out of sight, out of mind is what happened. Who knew we were already KonMarieing! With a variety of non profit thrift and resale stores in Boca and Delray it was a pleasure to donate items that were clean and usable for someone else to enjoy.

At the end of the day the simplest way to clear the clutter and bring good energy into your living space includes, as Kondo suggests, to “take an inventory of what you have” dump it all in one room and then see what “sparks joy” and remove the rest. In other words,“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.”  Brilliant!

Tips that spark joy

I have been researching many of the KonMari tips and here are some that “spark joy” in me:

Branded items in your home like liquid soap and shampoo bottles create “visual clutter” in our lives. How to fix this…decant what you have into clear pump bottles and containers. Kondo says, “By eliminating excess visual information that doesn’t spark joy, you can make your space much more peaceful and comfortable.”

Everything should have a place. Meaning if you cannot put it away easily you probably need to make some changes.

Living in an event heavy community means “swag bags”. My goal this year is to appreciate the bag but not bring it home. Thanks to “thinking like Marie Kondo” I only take what I need from my bag and I leave it behind for the organization to reuse again.

You can simply search Google and YouTube to find a plethora of articles, videos and blogs on how to jump start your spring cleaning this season and many more fabulous KonMari tips to help you get organized and clutter free in your life.

In case this method of decluttering is not for you there are others to choose from like The Four Box Method, The Minimalists and The Closet Hanger Method.

Organizing and decluttering resources:

The Container Store – Boca Raton

Closet Organizing Companies

Local Thrift and Resale Shops (to donate to and to find storage bins)

National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO)

Michele Bellisari is the founder of #SoooBoca® Lifestyle & Media based in Boca Raton. She and her daughters blog, vlog, post and share all things Boca Raton, South Florida & Beyond from events, people, food, travel, home decor, fashion, beauty and real estate! You can find more at www.soooboca.com and on all the socials @soooboca.