Are you storing other people’s items in your home? People who don’t actually live there?
… a grown child’s toys and memorabilia
… your brother’s furniture that doesn’t fit in his current home
… clothes or tools you borrowed from a friend
… items you inherited from deceased family members
… your great aunt’s furniture that you really don’t like
Working as a professional organizer, I find that many people do have other people’s belongings stored in their home. The reasons are vast and varied. (Link to Part 1: Your Home is Not a Storage Unit.)
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with having other people’s items in your home. But if you feel resentful about it, it may be time to take a closer look at why:
What is your motivation for keeping other people’s items?
Marie Kondo came out with this short video with some great tips for organizing your desk! "Spark Joy while Studying at Home"
Keeping a clear space, giving everything a home, and putting things back when you're done can ease anxiety and make you more productive. Give it a try!
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Some people mistakenly believe that Marie Kondo's method is about Minimalism... about living with only the bare essentials... about getting rid of as many items as possible. That's not the case! Her method is about living with things that bring you joy. Yes, you may get rid of many items initially if you were living with many items that did NOT bring you joy, but that's ok. Focus on what you are keeping.
The KonMari Method™ is about deciding how you want to live. It's personal. It's an inner reflection and time of getting to know yourself. Your home can be filled with items or have only a few... it's up to you and what makes you happy.
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!
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