Flowers and prunerA couple years back, I was very excited to try the KonMari Method which promised that once the method was implemented, you will never have to declutter again. Inspired by this, I went through my wardrobe, and within 24 hours, I sorted out all the items that sparked joy and packed up the items that no longer had a meaningful purpose in my home for the donation bin. I carefully folded my clothes the KonMari way and organized them in my drawers and closets by type, color and length. This year, I am starting to do my annual Spring cleaning again and I found myself asking,“Did the KonMari Method hold true to its promises?”

There were many benefits I enjoyed with the KonMari Method. I loved seeing the full inventory of my clothes. This allowed me to quickly select and coordinate my daily wardrobe. I was wearing a greater variety of clothes in more creative ways. When shopping for items, I was able to make better decisions and avoid capricious sale purchases. However, it was not always easy to implement the one item in, one item out rule as the items I kept all sparked joy. I found myself stacking my clothes again due to lack of space. Nonetheless, as I was Spring cleaning, I found it extremely easy to open my drawers and see exactly which clothes I wore and which I rarely touched. This was the case for all my family members. What usually took hours to go through, in a matter of minutes, we were able to pull out clothes we happily donated.

Folding clothes the KonMari way is a bit time-consuming. It requires precision and an extra step of folding it into thirds. Although I would argue the folding method is worthwhile, I did find myself annoyed when the clothes I wanted to wear needed to be ironed due to the multiple creases caused by having been folded in thirds. The solution was to roll these types of clothes rather than folding them in thirds.

Outside our home, we have a garage space that we use for miscellaneous storage. From old office equipment and gardening tools to leftover building materials, bikes, and spare furniture, I have seen many families use their extra garage as a catch-all. This Spring, we had ceiling mounted storage racks installed in our garage for items we will keep. All the unused items have been hauled or donated away. It is a great feeling to free up this extra parking space.

Finally, having our windows cleaned after the winter rains not only lets in more light, but removes allergens and dust from the screens. The best part is shiny clear glass makes a house sparkle and lets the beautiful views of Spring into your home.

One of my greatest joys is inviting Spring into my home with freshly cut flowers from my garden. Rather than feeling like you need to make an escape from your home this Spring Break, take some time to clear unwanted items, shake out the dust, air out the rooms and give your whole house a good polish. Just like a detox and exfoliation, a good Spring cleaning gets rid of things that slow you down. It is an important part of feng shui because it allows your home to serve you better in bringing a higher quality of life.

"Rather than feeling like you need to make an escape from your home this Spring Break, take some time to clear unwanted items, shake out the dust, air out the rooms and give your whole house a good polish."

~Jenny Liu, Feng Shui Master