“The inside of a house or apartment after decluttering has much in common with a Shinto shrine… a place where there are no unnecessary things, and our thoughts become clear.” Marie Kondo

If there’s one thing I enjoy doing, it’s decluttering. The more possessions I throw, give, recycle or donate, the lighter I feel. Earlier I would declutter twice a year, but now, over the past few months the feeling to let go of surplus things has intensified. Maybe it’s because Im growing older and dont really need to keep up with the trends, or leading a quieter existence relinquishing the need to clutter my home with object d’art or new crockery. Whatever it is, I am driven by a strong desire to just let go. And the more I purge, the better I feel.

Somewhere it’s not just my cupboards which are free of stagnant energies, my mind too feels more at peace. I have realised not everything has nostalgic value, not everything will be needed at some other date, and not everything I hoarded in the past brought me joy.

I have resolved to declutter my home by a further 30% and I must thank Marie Kondo the best selling author of  “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising”  who says “To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. And if you no longer need them, then that is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a cupboard or drawer that you have forgotten its existence?”