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Here’s how to start organizing your space this 2020

By Johannes L. Chua

To clean a space—whether bedroom, living area, garage, pantry, or even an office cubicle—is a New Year’s resolution often in the list of people. But year in and year out, it seems that this task is completely forgotten. Some say it is a daunting “project” that needs numerous days and a whole lot of effort. Some say that they are too busy or tired to even think about it.

Sheryl Cedenio, a home stylist, says that people who can’t seem to start with a cleaning project rely on what she calls “old excuses.” Starting a cleaning project for any space is “not as daunting as it seems.” But often, people are encouraged to do it as a new year rolls in, not only because of practicality, but also because of superstition. clean4 “It may sound funny but a lot of Filipino households do their organizing and cleaning at the start of the year for ‘suwerte’ (luck) to come in the entire year,” she says. “But more than that, we have to be reminded of the value that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’—not only with our physical self but also in our surroundings where we eat, work, or sleep.”

In her profession, Cedenio advises homeowners on how to maximize their living spaces. All her instructions, she says, will be futile and not implementable if a space is “chaotic, unorganized, or just plain dirty.” “A messy space immediately overwhelms the mind with disorder. It blocks creativity. It sucks all the positive energy,” she adds.

‛You don’t have to overwhelm yourself by cleaning an entire home at once. It can start with a living room, or a bathroom, or your own bedroom. Clean one drawer at a time, then if you get your rhythm, start with the next. Work your way from corner to corner, you will be surprised with your progress.’

To begin, Cedenio advises homeowners to “start small.” clean1 “You don’t have to overwhelm yourself by cleaning an entire home at once. It can start with a living room, or a bathroom, or your own bedroom,” she explains. “If it is an office, start with a particular drawer. Clean one drawer at a time, then if you get your rhythm, start with the next. Work your way from corner to corner, you will be surprised with your progress.” clean5 Once cleaning has begun, she recommends to have three boxes (or containers) available—one for trash, one for donation, and one for keeps. It is only this way that stuff can be organized so that “things that are valuable are not lost, and items that are not needed are not placed back again and can be donated to those who will find use for it.”

Most important, Cedenio says people have to “let go.”

“We were introduced with Marie Kondo who advocated about letting go of things that do not spark joy in our lives. Her cleaning concept is actually not new as this is the basis of cleaning a space—taking out clutter and stuff that we really do not need,” she explains.

More than the task of cleaning a space, she says that the “root” cause must be addressed as well. It has to start with one’s habit of buying stuff, especially amid the popularity and convenience of e-commerce. “One has to ask oneself questions before a purchase…do I really need that new shirt (or phone, or pillow, or whatever knickknack one finds in the Internet)? If the answer is yes, then go ahead. If you have doubts, pretty much that new thing will just become a part of your clutter in 2020.”



Source: Manila Bulletin

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