There's just something about January which makes you want to declutter...are we right?! But whether you've caught the organisation bug or not in 2019, we're bringing you some top tips to help you overhaul your wardrobe to ensure your bedroom or dressing room is a happier, brighter and more orderly place.
If you've got it on your watch list, brilliant - if not, make sure you try to add it. Marie Kondo is an organisational guru - and what she doesn't know about decluttering simply isn't worth knowing.
So our tips today are inspired by Marie - and we hope they help you on the path to organisational bliss this year...
Organise by Area
When it comes to organising your home, Marie advises you do so one area at a time - and it's something that's been working really well for us here at The Breton Shirt Company.
Say for example you'd like to reduce the amount of books you own, start by creating a huge pile of them in one space (on your bed or on a rug, for example). This involves scouring every single room in the house to find all the books; not an easy task, we're sure, but worth it.
Once you've done this, you'll be able to get a better look at what you have - and what you have too much of. Only then will you begin decluttering, before putting them back where they belong: on a bookshelf, for instance.
The same goes for clothing; if you have shirts, tops, blouses and coats anywhere other than your wardrobe, find them all, make a pile and then start from there. By beginning with one section at a time (for example: coats), you're less likely to become overwhelmed.
Use Storage Boxes
Plastic and woven storage boxes (even shoe boxes), drawer dividers, and any form of container will become your best friends when you're organising your wardrobe.
Marie shows us how a humble box or two can turn messy drawers into a thing of beauty. So, go on; see what storage solutions you own and make use of them!
Ask Yourself Why You're Hanging Onto Something
If you have, say, 10 black t-shirts, ask yourself why you need that many. Similarly, if you own a handful of dresses you no longer fit into, do you really need them?
Marie helps people assess what they need and what they don't. Sentimental items can be the most difficult to get rid of, but once you realise that the memories attached to them are still very much in your head - whether you keep the item or not - you'll find it much easier to declutter.
One of Marie's famous phrases is 'spark joy' - and what that means is this: if an item doesn't spark joy (i.e. it makes you want to draw it to your chest and clutch it proudly), why are you keeping it?
Consider this: you can spark joy in your bedroom by creating a space you love. Who's with us?!
We love Mat's space (above) over on Instagram. He's managed to make it functional and stylish - and it's inspiring the Breton Shirt Company team to do the same with our own wardrobes.
Oh, and if you have your own organisational hints and tips to share, please get involved by leaving your advice in the comments section of this blog.
Until next time...