Now, you need to understand that I'm a wannabe minimalist with a hoarder's mentality and whilst I love things to be in place and orderly, that little clutter-loving devil on my shoulder often intervenes and chaos reigns!
So, a little sceptically, I settled down to read the secrets of effective tidying according to the KonMarie Method...and a few hours later I'd finished the book and thrown out three bags of clothes, by following this very simple process!
You've really only got to master two principles...discard first and designate a place for what's left..!
OK, that's a little too simplistic...there's some very good advice on how to 'let go of stuff' for instance...something I've always struggled with, more to do with practicalities than sentimentality...which meant I've had no regrets over my recent charity donations...well, maybe the neon pink wedges that, surprisingly, I'd never worn in the four years I'd had them...!
More telling is the feeling of liberation and motivation I've had over the first few days of a wet and miserable new year...now it might just be sheer chance that I've completed a number of long-standing tasks since starting my KonMarie clear-out but I can't help thinking Marie's claims that 'the magic of tidying dramatically transforms your life' could well be true!
I'll certainly be advocating the benefits of the KonMarie Method of tidying to Dreams and Wishes clients from now on...