I used to be a complete mess. Not kidding. I lived in an apartment for about 2 years on my own in Vienna and I used to walk into a sea of clothing. There were bags thrown everywhere, old dishes still in the sink and Uni notes flying around. No wonder I had a hard time passing exams.
Throughout my teenage years my Mum always tried to get me to be tidier. Clean up my sh*t after myself and stop throwing everything on the floor. Looking back now, I honestly can’t say why I just didn’t care. It just wasn’t a priority for me and I somehow survived anyway. In some creative and mysterious way, I still managed to find that shoe I was looking for in the back of the wardrobe or whatever it was.
The first time I actually had to confront my ‘sh*t’ (I’m talking about belongings here just to be clear) was when I moved countries.
I’ve moved several times now and I can safely say that moving is the best way to force yourself to confront and get rid of the stuff you simply do not need.
I went to Australia with one suitcase, and guess what? I survived. Imagine that.
So every time I moved, I just got so extremely fed up of all this stuff, I simply didn’t need, nor was I using it. I didn’t even want to lug it to the next place and I didn’t even have the capacity to fit it anyway.
Solution: throw out the sh*t
Well, easier said than done right? I thought I was quite good at throwing out stuff. But by god, I was wrong. Having stumbled across Marie Kondo and the minimalist lifestyle, I knew I wanted to improve things.
All of a sudden I wanting to be even tidier. I’m not sure why, but a birdy told me it’s so I can take control of a certain area in my life. Well if being tidy is the result, I think it’s a positive side effect.
Anyway now I’ve gone from being a complete mess of a person, to I would say maybe 7 out 10 on the tidy scale. And it feels amazing.
The recipe I recommend for tidying up? Try this.
- Read Marie Kondo, she has a funny way of looking at things but embrace it and take it all in. It’s good sh*t.
- Learn how to fold your stuff right. Turns out I was doing it wrong all along.
- Listen to the minimalists podcast. They’re cool.
- Physically move… to another country if possible (you can’t bring all your stuff with you, it might be a little dramatic for some and you’ll have enough other sh*t to deal with)
- Throw out all of the sh*t you don’t need
- Hang on to the stuff you want to have in your life (another positive side effect of this: get more compliments as you end up wearing what you love and suits you best)
- Invest in the good sh*t. More quality, less quantity. It took me a while to get past this ‘the cheaper the better’ mindset but I’m more comfortable with spending a bit more for better things but visiting the stores less often now.
Wondering why you should even bother being tidy?
Or why you should read the book and so on? Well, it’s about a lot more than just tidying up. The foundations of these topics cover things like changing your mindset, getting rid of things you don’t value in your life, treasuring the things you do and being more productive. I wondered what the hype was all about too in the beginning. Now I enjoy being a tidier person, having less things and also applying the concepts to other areas of my life.
Let me know what you think.