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Making Space for New Loves

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Trouble tidying your apartment? The Start shares a few tips from bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  

Words & Photo by Bea Faicol

It’s high time we ditch the “New Year, New Me” cliché and go for something more attainable this 2016. Maybe something along the lines of “New Year, More Space.” The thing about tidying our lives up is that we often don’t know where to start—or how to keep the clutter from making a comeback.

Because simplifying your life is also part of tidying it, we at The Start will spare you from having to read Marie Kondo’s bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book’s gist is this: Marie suggests gathering and sorting out all your possessions, discarding whatever you no longer need. Among the stuff you’ve chosen to keep, designate a storage place and suitable container for these items. And as our mothers have always told us: “Return the items where you found them.”

The thing is, a lot of us are too sentimental when it comes to our belongings—that, or we’re straight up hoarders. If you can’t figure out whether to stow or to throw, Marie suggests holding the item and asking yourself the simple question of “Does this bring you joy?” If it doesn’t, then it should be discarded. If the clothes don’t fit, if the plot’s too boring, if it’s already broken, if there’s anything negative about it – learn from it, say thank you, and move on.

As with lost loves, it’s good to get closure and move on in a new year without any baggage. The same can be said about the things we own. As soon as you’ve wicked away both the toxic people and ineffectual things in our lives (your trash will be another’s treasure anyway), you’ll breathe a little easier.

Whether to renovate your beloved home or move into a new apartment, who wouldn’t want more space for new valuables and new memories worth keeping?

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