As the weather starts to warm up, it's that time of the year again to bust open your doors and frolick under the sun. But before you do, you may wanna organize your home base first, and if you wanna get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and even summer, you may begin spring cleaning as early as now.
The biggest part of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter. Back in 2013, Marie Kondo (or Marie Kondo--as how she likes her name pronounced) has a book about decluttering titled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which surged into popularity and became a #1 New York Times best-seller. Now she has a Netflix show called Tidying Up, and her trademark Konmari method of decluttering achieved global reach, and her book now became an international bestseller.
However, not everyone is comfortable with her method which in all honesty can get pretty extreme. In her book with 103 pages, the word "throw" (and some variations of it) appeared 39 times while the word "donate" were only used 6 times. With many people particularly in the 3rd world countries not having enough, throwing instead of donating doesn't exactly sound like expressing gratitude.
Some aspects of the Konmari method are actually effective and this video is by no means a hate video against Marie Kondo which is an amazing, sweet and lovely person overall, it's just a matter of compatibility with your belief system and those who don't really need an extreme way of doing spring cleaning and simply want a more balanced approach may find actual peace and joy in applying Feng Shui instead.
In Feng Shui, the general approach is to ensure that all natural elements are working harmoniously. That means everything should be in a state of balance. While there really isn't a step-by-step method on how to deal with clutter in Feng Shui like in the KonMari method, clutter is also problematic in feng shui, and it should be avoided because it blocks good chi or energy from flowing easily in our homes, and prevents us from fully welcoming abundance in our lives.
To help you decide which method works best for you, this video will show a side-by-side comparison of Feng Shui and Marie Kondo's Konmari method in decluttering our homes.
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