Do you have some clutter that's weighing you down? (Angie Mindus photo)

EDITORIAL: Declutter your life

Need some motivation to tidy up?

Exercise, healthy eating and decluttering are always top of mind following a season with heavy emphasis on overeating and over-purchasing.

January, with its often dreary days and cold nights, is in fact a perfect time to dig deep and declutter our homes and lives.

The urge to clean up at the start of a new year is so predictable that streaming giant Netflix is capitalizing on the momentum with a new series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Kondo literally wrote the book on how to approach a mess and properly declutter — The life-changing magic of tidying up — and fans of the show are devouring the episodes that help empty nesters, parents with young children and those suffering the loss of a partner approach even the most overwhelming messes.

The tidying expert’s method encourages those struggling with mess to “spark joy through cleaning” using the KonMari Method approach of cleaning by item and not by location.

Kondo teaches cleaning by category: clothing, books, paper, komono (kitchen, bathroom, garage and miscellaneous) and sentimental items.

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Anyone who has bit the bullet and decluttered their homes and lives knows a tidy home really does spark joy.

If you are considering decluttering, the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society is going to host its second clothing swap on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.

If you haven’t been to one before, they are lots of fun. Check out the CCCS’s facebook page or call for more details: 250-398-7929.

Not only will you be helping yourself, you’ll be passing the joy of shopping onto others.

You can’t beat that.

— Williams Lake Tribune


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