Home sweet home

(image from Real Style)

I wrote briefly about danshari a few years ago. Since then, a Japanese woman has made a name for herself — and the idea of decluttering — around the world. (Just google “KonMari” and you’ll see what I mean.)

This article from Aeon talks about this woman’s influence and why we all feel the need to declutter:

“The reason we like the tidy feelings of home is evolutionary”

I liked the part about how it’s not just the product that’s important but the process:

“…the power of Kondo’s approach comes not so much from the final outcome (a tidy house) but from the process of tidying itself, which, as the title of her book suggests, has the potential to provide ‘life-changing magic’.”

Spring recycling

It’s spring, which means spring cleaning time. I was listening to a podcast segment about cleaning and de-cluttering (part 3 of the April 30 Slate Culture Gabfest) and was reminded of the reason why in many cultures “big cleaning” is done in the spring: it’s because traditionally homes were heated with coal, and so by the end of the winter, you’d be compelled to do a thorough cleaning.

In Japan, “big cleaning” is traditionally done in the last few days of the year, to welcome the new year with a clean house.

A simple solution: do big cleaning twice a year!

Here’s a collection of ideas (via Matador Network) to inspire you to de-clutter, recycle and reimagine what you have in your house or apartment

Change your tennis racket into a mirror:


Turn your old globe into a lamp or bowl … or both:

Turn an old yoga mat into a laptop sleeve:


See more here: “23 super creative repurposed items”